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Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd, two of the American hikers being held in Iran on suspicion of spying, have just gotten engaged. According to their moms, Bauer proposed in the prison exercise area with a ring made from thread. [AP]


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Is this an attempt to get the public behind them to get them out of the country? By creating a romantic narrative? I'm fine with that, but that's the first thing I thought.