Senate's Do-or-Die Time for Don't Ask Don't Tell
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The Pew Research Center says 58% of Americans favor repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The Pentagon says almost 70% of active duty troops and their families agree, but combat soldiers don't see it that way, and that could mean the 17-year old measure stays on the books. Also, two more conservatives announce support for the Fiscal Commission plan, and the US and the UK lost big today in international soccer. Future World Cups will go to Russia and Qatar.
Banner image: Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, the Defense Department's General Counsel Jeh C. Johnson, and Army Gen. Carter Ham, commander, US Army, Europe, appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee to testify on the findings of the Pentagon's "Dont Ask, Dont Tell" report in Washington, DC, December 2, 2010. DOD Photo: US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Two More Conservatives Declare Support for Fiscal Commission Plan ()
President Obama’s bipartisan panel on taxes and spending got two more votes today from its own members, with 14 of 18 needed for final approval and another vote scheduled tomorrow. Erik Wasson reports on the budget and appropriations for The Hill newspaper in Washington, DC.
- Erik Wasson: Reporter, The Hill
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Isn't Dead Yet ()
The Pentagon's top brass and civilian leaders asked the Senate today for an end to "Don't Ask Don't Tell," saying it requires soldiers to lie about their identity. A ten-month study showed more than two-thirds of 115,000 active-duty troops and their families don't care if gays and lesbians openly serve, though 58% of combat soldiers do. Republican John McCain said that called for more study, but Defense Secretary Gates warned of sudden disruption if the courts act before Congress. We hear from soldiers with different points of view and look at the prospects in the lame-duck session.
- Gordon Lubold: Reporter, Politico
- Matt Gallagher: former Captain, US Army, @MattGallagher83
- Kieran Lalor: Founder, Iraq Vets for Congress
- Jonathan Hopkins: Spokesman, OutServe
- Dan Friedman: Staff Writer, National Journal
In World Cup Contest, England Loses to Russia, US to Qatar ()
In Zurich yesterday, Britain's presentation was made by soccer star David Beckham, Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince William. The US was represented by Bill Clinton and Morgan Freeman. But today, the US and Britain today got kicked in the knees by Russia and Qatar, for the world's largest sporting event for 2018 and 2022. The president of FIFA, world soccer's governing body, announced, "We go to new lands." Jeré Longman is a sports reporter for the New York Times and author of The Girls of Summer: The US Women's Soccer Team and How It Changed the World.
- Jere Longman: Sports Reporter, New York Times
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