· The White House admits Iraq is embroiled in civil war and is "quietly on track to nearly double the number of combat troops in Iraq" by Christmas. When additional support troops are included in this second troop “surge,” the total number of U.S. troops in Iraq could increase from 162,000 now to more than 200,000—a record high number—by the end of the year."
· Food and Drug Administration rules gay men are still banned from giving blood. The restrictions leave "in place—for now—a 1983 prohibition meant to prevent the spread of HIV through transfusions." Last year, the Red Cross and the international blood association called on the FDA to reverse the ban.
· For the 14th year in a row, the Nebraska legislature defeats attempts to add sexuality to the categories protected under the state's anti-discrimination law. The Senate voted 24-15 to kill the most recent bill. Two Republicans led the attack. Sen. Tony Fulton (R-Lincoln) declared the bill could lead to protections for pedophiles and transvestites.
· Out.com chats up Ugly Betty's Mark Indelicato, who says he loves show tunes as much as his character Justin: "My recent favorite musical has to be Wicked. I really love all the music. And all of the Disney Broadway shows I love—Beauty & The Beast, The Lion King. I'm definitely into show tunes. I mean—I'm an actor and a singer! How could you not?"