'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Moves to Crucial Phase

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If "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is not repealed by this year's lame-duck session of Congress, gay and lesbian activists say they'll resort to the courts. What's the impact of a Pentagon study of the rank and file, leaked to the public in advance of scheduled debate on Capitol Hill?  Also, Congressman Charlie Rangel walks out of his hearing before the House Ethics Committee, and the Obama Administration wants to end combat in Afghanistan by 2014.

Banner image: Former gay members of the US Military participate in a vigil at the gravesite of Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, at Congressional Cemetery on November 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Vietnam Veteran, who died in 1988, received both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star and was later discharged from the Air Force for being gay. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images