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Newly appointed Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, along with Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael Mullen have determined that don't ask don't tell can be repealed without any detriment to military operations. The Los Angeles Times reports that Pentagon officials are set to make the announcement on Friday, and the policy may be ended as early as […]

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Democratic Senate derails bid to repeal healthcare

by Adam Russett on February 3, 2011

The Democratic-led U.S. Senate voted down the GOP's healthcare repeal law on Wednesday, voting 51 to 47 to keep the Obama administration's system that aims to provide universal health coverage. The vote came two days after a federal judge ruled that the year-old law was unconstitutional in that it requires all Americans to purchase health […]

House Republicans together with three Democrats voted 245 to 189 to repeal Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday, fulfilling midterm campaign promises in what many consider a symbolic act that will be shot down in the Democratically controlled Senate. "If we agree that this law needs improving, why keep it on the books? Let's challenge ourselves […]

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Senate expected to pass new START treaty

by Adam Russett on December 22, 2010

President Barack Obama has had several legislative successes in recent weeks, including the passage of a landmark tax-cut bill and the repeal of the military's Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. He was expected to get another on Wednesday as the Senate  poised to pass the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia, BBC News […]

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Obama signs landmark repeal of DADT policy

by Adam Russett on December 22, 2010

President Obama signed a law Wednesday morning repealing the 13-year policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, fulfilling his campaign promise and extending a civil rights victory to gays who were previously not allowed to serve openly in the military. At 9:20 a.m., minutes before he officially signed the repeal, Obama called the motion a personal […]

Despite the fact that his wife and daughter have both publicly spoken out against the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Senator John McCain suggested on Sunday that more time and research is needed before the Defense Department can confidently lift the gay ban. The Republican senator said that the Senate should hold off on […]