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Stop Yelling at Harry Reid - Mitch McConnell Sank DADT Repeal

(14) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 2:41 PM

The gay community got played on Tuesday. The failed Senate vote on the National Defense Authorization Act stalled legislation to repeal "don't ask, don't tell", leaving Senator Harry Reid as the fall guy and Senator Mitch McConnell to gloat.

The problem here is that it was Senator McConnell who killed...

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Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Don't Pretend Tuesday's Vote Isn't About Discrimination

(4) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 2:58 PM

Voting for discrimination is often designed to look like something else. It is a 'please respect the process' vote, or a 'we need more information' vote. This is a good strategy; it works because it is very difficult to challenge positions that seem reasonable. Not everyone who votes for or...

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Why Is John McCain Blocking Military Input on Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell?

(18) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 3:32 PM

Senator John McCain's positions usually translate into pro-military stances, but not his current objection to Senate action on 'don't ask, don't tell.' The Senator is currently blocking a floor vote that gives military leaders input into the implementation of repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell.' As a result, his objections...

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What Does Victory on Don't Ask, Don't Tell Look Like?

(14) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 10:51 AM

There has never been a law and policy quite like 'don't ask, don't tell.' It is uniquely bad, which is saying something for Washington. In 1993, it was called an 'interim compromise.' And yes, it certainly did compromise our military and American values. It tried to look reasonable but never...

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