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The New York Times blocked UK readers from accessing an online article about new details in the British terror case Instead, readers in England saw this explanation, "British law prohibits publication of prejudicial information about the defendants prior to trial? .

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What if former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani wasn't the hero everybody thought? What if, like Bush, Giuliani had ignored myriad pre-9/11 warnings about terrorism? What if he thus left the city ill-prepared to respond to such a disaster? That's the provocative thesis of a new book written by two top-flight investigative journalists.

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Maybe not. Although Jonathan Tasini would like to be the next maverick primary candidate to beat an entrenched pro-war Democrat?Hillary Clinton, in this case?he's failed to garner anything near the support Ned Lamont managed against Joe Lieberman.

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A wide array of artists, politicians, academics and journalists endorsed a full-page ad in the N.Y. Times on Thursday that calls for a day of mass resistance Oct. 5 to "drive out the Bush regime."

  • The signers include: Jane Fonda, Gore Vidal, Sean Penn, Alice Walker, Lewis Lapham, Susan Sarandon, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Maxine Waters, Cornel West, Margaret Cho and Paul Haggis.
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    Giving the nod to Ned Lamont in the upcoming Conn. Senate primary, the paper's editorial board railed against Sen. Joe Lieberman's "warped version of bipartisanship, in which the never-ending war on terror becomes an excuse for silence and inaction."

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    The New York Court of Appeals stated last week that it upheld a gay marriage ban because gay couples make more stable parental units than heterosexual couples--and thus the latter need the benefits of marriage to assist them. The reasoning behind this is wild, but it's also insidious. Check it out.

  • Update: Nebraska just reinstated its gay marriage ban.
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    The N.Y. Times reports that the word "slut" has gone the way of "queer" and "pimp" before it -- from derogatory to affectionate. A prime mover behind the trend: Kim Cattrall's portrayal of the slutty Samantha Jones on HBO's "Sex and the City." (h/t: Huff Po)

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