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Old Hank Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:05 PM
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Whitehouse.gov Reinserts Call to “Repeal” Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
http://www.propublica.org/article/whitehouse.gov-reinse...

May 2, Propublica.org
By: Eric Umansky

Yesterday afternoon, we noted our handy Changetracker tool had spotted some interesting changes on Whitehouse.gov. In particular, the call to “repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” had been replaced with softer language saying, President Obama "supports changing Don't Ask Don't Tell in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and our national security."

Well, last night the White House reinserted language saying President Obama supports the “repeal” of Don't Ask Don't Tell. The new phrasing: "He supports repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and national security."

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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:11 PM
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1. Clearly, it's important that we speak up and do not let the administration sweep our issues under
the rug and into the closet. Just like ACT-UP did with Bill Clinton. Obama is NOT going to take the lead on our issues. Period.
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FLAprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 05:14 PM
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2. The Chairman of the Armed Services Committee is a homophobe
Ike Skelton, that is.

Other homophobic, right wing "Dems" on the committee:

Gene Taylor
Mike McIntyre
Jim Cooper
Jim Marshall
Dan Boren
Bobby Bright

+ all of the Republicans.

I don't see how it gets past the committee.....unless Obama bypasses congress.
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:21 PM
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3. Dan Boren should not have a problem - his father is gay. n/t
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FLAprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:48 PM
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4. lol....apparently it doesn't matter. the HRC gives him a 0%.
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:34 PM
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5. Just curious- do you know who his father is.? n/t
Edited on Sat May-02-09 08:35 PM by DURHAM D
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FLAprogressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:11 PM
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7. Yes....closet case ex-senator.
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-04-09 11:32 AM
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8. He can't exactly bypass Congress.
The UCMJ needs to be changed, which requires an act of Congress. Theoretically, he could order the top DOJ lawyer to stop enforcing the rules against homosexuality, but two possible issues. One, I'm not sure that they HAVE a top DOJ lawyer yet. And two, I'm not sure what sort of legal footing they'd have for making that sort of decision.
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IntravenousDemilo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-04-09 02:29 PM
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12. It gets past the committee as follows:
President Obama calls the recalcitrant Democrats into his office and tells them, "Do this or else you don't get any party money or support for your re-election, and we will make sure that you don't get past your primary. That is all. Good day, gentlemen."
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:10 PM
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6. Good find and welcome to DU.
Propublica.org is a good site.
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dbackjon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-04-09 12:38 PM
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9. He gave himself the OUT to do nothing
The whole 'sensible way' is his backpedalling to DO NOTHING.
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Creideiki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-04-09 01:02 PM
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10. Is the DOMA repeal still there?
Not that I'm holding my breath or anything--I'm addicted to oxygen.
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foxfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-04-09 01:23 PM
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11. Meh. Talk and pixels are cheap.
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