The Marines Say Goodbye to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
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What do Marines do if homosexuality is against their religion and a gay man moves into the barracks? "Follow orders." That's the message at Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms and other Marine bases when it comes to repeal of the ban on gays and lesbians in the armed forces. We hear about the mandatory training now underway. Also, will Congress approve expanded oil drilling in the waters off Southern California. And are the Lakers out of it? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the death and the deadly legacy of Osama bin Laden.
Banner image: Screen grab from video of Marines "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal training at Camp Pendleton, California
Congress Looks to Open Up More Offshore Oil Drilling ()
House Republicans today passed a bill to set deadlines for the leasing of tracts for oil drilling off the Virginia coast and the Gulf of Mexico. Next week on the agenda is a measure vastly expanding oil drilling off the coast of California. Ben Geman writes the E2 Wire, the environment and energy blog at The Hill, which covers Congress.
- Ben Geman: The Hill
Doing Away with 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ()
The ban on gays and lesbians in the US military will come to an end as soon as Congressional requirements for repeal have been satisfied. One requirement is a mandatory one-hour training session, which is now being given to Marines at bases worldwide. Questions such as whether the new policy will conflict with one's religious beliefs are not uncommon, and trainers assure those who ask that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" requires that they simply treat each other with mutual respect.
The Lakers Look Doomed ()
Just 24 seconds before last night's loss to the Mavericks came to an end, Laker forward Ron Artest delivered a forearm shot to the face of J.J Barea. Today, Artest was suspended for the next game, which will be in Dallas, with the Lakers down two games to none. Jill Painter is a sports columnist for the Daily News.
- Jill Painter: Los Angeles Daily News
The Death and Deadly Legacy of Osama bin Laden ()
It was Sunday's killing of Osama bin Laden that brought President Obama to New York City today. It's been ten years since the deadly attack on the World Trade Center, but the consequences of 9/11 live on. The US is still fighting two wars—and what about bin Laden's effort to bankrupt the superpower?
- Mona Eltahawy: syndicated columnist, @monaeltahawy
- Daveed Gartenstein-Ross: Foundation for Defense of Democracies
- Josh Meyer: Northwestern University, @JoshMeyerDC
- Ken Silverstein: Open Society Institute
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