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As a happily married woman in her 40s, Karen Springen sometimes used to feel sorry for singles her age. "How wrong!" she says now. "After reporting this week's cover story, I realized how many single boomers are enjoying themselves immensely." Judsen Culbreth, 56, the author of "The Boomers' Guide to Online Dating," told Karen how, after going on only two blind dates in two years, her love life was transformed by the Internet. She was flooded with suitors--and eventually married a man who shared her passion for golf. Joan Raymond talked to a 57-year-old accountant who said she knew a man she met online wasn't for her when he saw her high heels and recommended "sensible shoes." "I'll wear sensible shoes in my casket," she says. "But right now, me and my heels are still going out dancing."

In November, we launched our "Boomer Files" series with a (much-followed) story on the first baby boomers turning 60. In this installment, Barbara Kantrowitz surveys the new world of sex and romance for single boomers. It's mostly a good-news story, with the open-mindedness of the '60s generation meeting the Internet revolution to offer unprecedented romantic opportunity for people between 40 and 60. But it has complexities: for some, negotiating post-AIDS contraception and communication for the first time, or discovering the dark side of Web wooing. To illustrate the story, several couples kindly agreed to let our photographers, edited by Paul Moakley, follow them on their dates. And we flesh out our look at boomer relationships with stories by Peg Tyre on how friends have become family for this generation, and Claudia Kalb on how married boomers stay together through illness, layoff and infidelity.

As Attorney General Alberto Gonzales tried to defend the Bush administration's warrantless wiretaps on Capitol Hill, senators and other reporters cited our recent story about how Bush's own lawyers balked at the secret spying. Now, Evan Thomas,Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball report, Bush is facing a wider revolt within his party over the surveillance scandal. Scott Johnson and Michael Hastings examine how the handoff to Iraqi security forces is really going on the ground. In tip sheet, we look at the new study that concludes a low-fat diet may not improve your health. But if you think that means you can eat whatever you want, nutrition expert Dr. Dean Ornish explains--in the first of occasional columns he will write for NEWSWEEK and that's just blubber.

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