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The Military Wants Diversity -- Will Congress Stand in its Way?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Democrats, in both the White House and Congress, are still scarred by the Rovian tactics of the past, which successfully used gay rights as a wedge issue against them.

Laura Bassett

Adm. Mike Mullen: 'National Debt Is Our Biggest Security Threat' | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

America's highest-ranking military official thinks the U.S. has bigger security problems than al-Qaeda, suicide bombers and an increasingly deadly nin...

Afghanistan Pullout Set For July 2011, But 'Conditions-Based'

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration reaffirmed Sunday that it will begin pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan next summer, despite reservati...

Mike Mullen: Iran Attack 'The Last Option'

Wired | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

We are all screwed if Iran gets a nuke. And we may be just as screwed if the United States attacks Iran to keep Tehran from getting that nuke. Okay, ...

Obama's White House Festivities: Good, Bad, or Obvious?

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

It's not as though Obama's turned the White House into a party palace. And the events hold important clues to what Obama considers a style of accessibility and elegance.

Obama's Big New AfPak Problems

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

A revolution in Kyrgyzstan, with all the other headaches surrounding his AfPak strategy, was approximately the last thing Barack Obama needed.

Mike Mullen: Al Qaeda In Iraq 'Devastated'

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. — A string of setbacks for al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq has left the insurgent group "devastated" and struggling to ...

Mike Mullen: Oil Industry Has Better Technology For BP Oil Spill Response

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW ORLEANS (AP)-- Responding to suggestions that the military should take the lead in responding to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the chairman...

In Ending DADT, America Comes Out of the Closet

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

If there's one lesson we should have learned in the debate over gay service, it's that "don't ask, don't tell" was never about military effectiveness. It was a moral and political abuse of power, propped up by a ban on speaking truth to that power.

Jason Linkins

McCain's DADT Support Letter Signed By A Bunch Of Dead Guys | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On the matter of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) once promised that he would listen to "leaders in the military," telling people...

Mullen Finds No Resistance Among Soldiers To Gays Serving Openly In The Military

McClatchy | Nancy A. Youssef | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

AMMAN, Jordan -- Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was nearing the end of a 25-minute question and answer session w...

Mark Kirk's Stance On Don't Ask, Don't Tell Dubbed 'Outdated' And 'Out Of Touch'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As Senator John McCain and Congressman Mark Kirk gathered for a closed-door fundraiser and talk on foreign policy in Chicago Friday morning, Democrat ...

Gays in the Military

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Let us hope that John McCain will have the decency to recognize a good solider when he sees one, not by his or her sexual orientation, but by their willingness to serve their country.

Friday Talking Points [110] -- Left Still Waiting For Rahm Apology

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats need to realize that they still have the biggest majority in both houses of Congress that they are likely to see in their lifetimes.

The F Word: Integrity Isn't Just a Military Value

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

On Tuesday, several the nation's top military officials, including Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Ro...

John McCain's No Longer a Hero: His Stance on Patriotic Gays is Shameful and Un-American

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

Watching the Senate Armed Services Committee hearings on repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, I couldn't help feeling relief John McCain was soundly beate...

Republicans Attack Military Leadership to Defend Ban On Gays

Sen. John Kerry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. John Kerry

We have come a long way as a country, and we have come a long way as a military to agree that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military is the right thing to do.

What Newborns Have to Teach Us That Glenn Beck's Forgotten

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Newborns feel no need to lie, defend, or be other than who they are. They simply are, unlike we older ones, well-schooled into acting roles. Perhaps newborns are too busy with the work at hand: growing!

You Don't Need a Year to End Don't Ask Don't Tell

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

There is no reason why the government cannot immediately suspend Don't Ask Don't Tell discharges. A year is a long time when your family and your job are on the line.

Jason Linkins

Mullen Follows Up DADT Testimony On Twitter: Repeal 'Comes Down To Integrity' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Wow. In case Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen wasn't clear enough in his testimony that repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" is the "right...

Mike Mullen Calls For Repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': 'Right Thing To Do'

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It's time to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and allow gay troops to serve openly for the first time in histor...

I Will Forever Respect Admiral Mike Mullen

Richard Allen Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Allen Smith

Admiral Mullen wears his uniform, because he is a leader, and that's what Admiral Mullen decided to be in that hearing today when he took a decisive stand on Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

US Military Suicides Rise, Despite Prevention Efforts

McClatchy | Halimah Abdullah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Eight years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have etched indelible scars on the psyches of many of the nation's servicemen and women, and ...

Official: Obama Does Not Accept Afghan War Options, Wants Handover Details

AP | BEN FELLER and ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama does not plan to accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, pushing ...

Pentagon Orders 16,000 Troops To Start Afghanistan Surge

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The first wave of President Barack Obama's new Afghanistan surge will add about 16,000 U.S. troops who got their orders over the pa...