Democrats confident in repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

Thirteen Democratic senators signaled strong support Thursday for ending the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and said they are willing to work well into December to ensure passage of a defense bill that would end the ban on gays openly serving in uniform. Full Story »

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Jon Mitchell
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by Jon Mitchell - Nov. 19, 2010

Not very helpful. It's just a political head-count; there's no real news on DADT repeal here.

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Richard Riehl
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by Richard Riehl - Nov. 20, 2010

This story could have been greatly improved if O'Keefe had dealt with the 800 pound gorilla in the room, placed there by Senator Lugar's caveat. Requiring a "fair debate" would no doubt allow unrelated amendments to be proposed (like banning "amnesty" for illegal immigrants) that could wither Democratic support. Avoiding that issue cause's the story to fall short of good journalism.

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Barry Grossheim
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by Barry Grossheim - Nov. 19, 2010

Promising words but they don't overcome my skepticism!

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Travis Plummer
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by Travis Plummer - Nov. 20, 2010

This presents the optimism of the Democrats in the Senate to get something done, but fails to make mention of the true extent of potential Republican and/or Democratic opposition. Given that this is not a new issue, it seems there should be some gauge of the results that can be derived from previous positions. Otherwise the suggestion seems to be that only the two Republicans mentioned would side with the Democrats, while the rest would side with John McCain against repeal of DADT. I just have a sense that one party or the other's optimism might not make for a good story unless there's something more to be said. However, the impending release of the Pentagon report on the effect of repealing the policy does give the article a ... More »

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Deb Duncan
3.1
by Deb Duncan - Nov. 19, 2010

I really don't think the writer gave us any reason why the Democrats are confident in repeal of DADT. 13 Democrats? Opposition from McCain? Empty quotes from Collins, Lugar, and Webb? This article is filler.

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