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Two Republican Takes on Pledge to America

Friday, September 24, 2010

WNYC
What the pledge does do is a very healthy step in the right direction. It says no taxes increase in a recession. It says we have to focus on creating jobs. It says we have to control spending.

-Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Takeaway

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Hangs in the Balance

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Today the Senate holds a procedural vote on whether a sweeping defense appropriations bill — which allocates money for conflicts overseas as well as program cuts at home — makes it to the floor. As any Lady Gaga fan likely knows, this morning, the legislation's most visible component is a proposed repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Gaga has been calling for a repeal of the policy on her Twitter account and elsewhere, and traveled to Maine yesterday to speak at a rally organized by Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

Why Maine? Maine's Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins (as well as Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown) could play an important role in allowing the bill to move forward.

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