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May-December romances, pro-life Democrats, why gynecologists love IUDs and more.


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Page Rockwell
October 31, 2006 12:28AM (UTC)

New York Times: If Democrats manage to take back Congress, it may be on the strength of socially conservative, antichoice "Blue Dog" candidates in swing districts. In that event, the Times forecasts "tensions in the party between its new centrists and its more liberal political base," particularly around issues like abortion rights.

New York Times, again: This weekend's "Modern Love" column offered charming-yet-disheartening twist on May-December romances with the quirky tale of an almost romantic, definitely Oedipal relationship between a wry 50-year-old writer and her 25-year-old snowboarding not-quite-paramour.

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Washington Post: The Gallaudet University board of trustees decided to revoke president-designate Jane K. Fernandes' appointment after months of student protests; the Post offers a timeline of events. The New York Times features further commentary.

Yahoo! Finance, via Feministing: Though the new IUDs (which seem to have been renamed IUC, for intra-uterine contraception) haven't taken off with most American women, many of whom may be unaware that intra-uterine contraception exists, they're the most popular contraceptive option among female OB-GYNs in the U.S. IUD-lovers cite the devices' high effectiveness and the ensuing light-to-nonexistent periods among the benefits.

Also from Feministing: Opposition to the sweeping South Dakota abortion ban outstrips support by 10 points, with the election only eight days away.

ABC News: Sadly supporting the theory that Hollywood relationships suffer when a woman's success outstrips her husband's, 2006 "Best Actress" Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon and her husband, actor Ryan Phillippe, have separated.


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Page Rockwell is Salon's editorial project manager.

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