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Explainer: What Actually Changes After the End of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

On September 20, 2011, the Department of Defense put out a memo announcing the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the policy that banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. That repeal officially went into effect at 12:01 am Tuesday, marking the end of the 19-year-old policy.

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You Take That Back! A Look at the Challenge of Repealing Federal Law

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Republican leaders in Congress have started the debate about repealing the health care overhaul legislation, and plan to vote on the repeal on Wednesday. In advance of the vote, It's A Free Country takes a look at how other repeal efforts in American history have fared.

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Lame Duck Congress: What Was The Biggest Accomplishment?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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After months of Congressional stalemate, the lame duck session saw a flurry of activity. Round the clock discussions and deals resulted in landmark legislation reaching President Obama's desk almost daily. All this started days after Republicans gained the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and Obama's popularity seemed to be at an all-time low. See below for a list of the accomplishments, and let us know what you think of the lame-duck session's busy month.

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Obama Talks About Achievements, Failures During Lame-Duck Session

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

President Barack Obama praised bipartisan efforts to pass key legislation during the lame-duck session, calling it "the most productive post-election period we've had in decades" during a press conference from the White House on Wednesday.

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The Complexities of Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

When you talk about integrating females or integrating the races, that was something that was visible...and I submit that it may actually be less of a disruptance, less upheaval in the military with this change because unless an individual basically outs themselves...so I really think there's going to be less of a problem, less of an issue than the historical context we brought up.

- Michelle McCluer, executive director of the National Institute of Military Justice at American University Washington College of Law, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, December 20, 2010

The NYT's David Sanger discusses what's happened and what's to come in the Congressional lame duck session.

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This Week's Agenda: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Repeal, START Agreement, Net Neutrality

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Senate voted to repeal "don't ask, don't tell," over the weekend. The law, enacted 17 years ago by President Bill Clinton, allowed gays to serve in the military, as long as they did not reveal their sexual orientation. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, looks at what's next for the repeal. Meanwhile, a number of economic indicators come out this week, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, looks at the upcoming third quarter GDP numbers due out Wednesday, along with existing home sales numbers, and new home sales numbers on Thursday.

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Anticipating the Impact of DADT Repeal on US Troops

Monday, December 20, 2010

"Don't ask, don't tell" has been repealed by the Senate, and now waits for an official certification and plan from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs Chair Adm. Mike Mullen, and the commander-in-chief, President Obama. But how will this new policy be implemented in the military? We check in with retired Col. David F. Bedey, who opposed the repeal, about how the change in policy will play out with U.S. troops.

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IAFC Bloggers On "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Repeal

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Senate has agreed to do away with the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy banning openly gay troops from serving in the military. We asked the roster of It's A Free Country contributors to share some brief thoughts on the ruling.

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After "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's a Free Country we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. This morning on The Brian Lehrer Show, Commander Beth Coye, former naval officer and author of My Navy Tooreacted to the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy affecting gay servicemen and women.

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Congress Juggles Tax Cuts, 'Don't Ask' Repeal, START Agreement

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The House looks likely to pass a stripped-down bill repealing "don't ask, don't tell," and will move on to the controversial tax cuts and unemployment bill which passed in the Senate yesterday. Wrangling between Senate Democrats and Republicans over the timing of the START agreement with Russia continues, and the end of year recess ticks ever closer. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, walks us through all the last minute votes and politicking, including Harry Reid threatening to keep the Senate working right up through Christmas. 

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House Approves Bill to Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The House has approved a bill to repeal the military's seventeen-year policy banning gays from openly serving in the military. The move comes less than a week after the Senate voted down a larger defense bill that included a provision to repeal the policy.

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House Takes Up 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'; Senate Eyes START

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

As this Congress's lame duck period winds on, the last Democratic priorities come to the chambers' floors for consideration. With guarded encouragement from Senate centrists, the House of Representatives plans to take up a simple bill to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, while the Senate considers confirming the START agreement with Russia. Todd Zwillich joins us to talk about the chances of these bills in the House and Senate. 

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This Week's Agenda: Tax Cuts and Lame Duck Business

Monday, December 13, 2010

Many Congressional Democrats are not happy with President Obama's compromise with Republicans on extending tax cuts. House Democrats showed that by voting not to bring up the tax bill last week. Callie Crossley, host of the Callie Crossley Show on WGBH in Boston, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC, look at how the Senate plans to vote today on the bill.

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Senate Rejects Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Thursday, December 09, 2010

The Senate has voted down a repeal of the 17-year ban, in a vote of 57 to 40.

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Why the Tax Cut Compromise was a Missed Opportunity

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

While resolution of the tax cuts is critical for working families across the nation, we must also ensure that we remain one of the world's dynamic, competitive, and prosperous economies. In order to do so, we must fundamentally reform our education system, overhaul our broken immigration system, and make sure we honor our nation's values of equality and freedom.

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Lawmakers Consider Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The Senate Armed Services Committee held hearing on the Pentagon's study of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

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Congress Set to Vote on Tax Cuts, Censure for Rangel

Thursday, December 02, 2010

There is a lot on the agenda today for this lame-duck Congress. Senate hearings begin on the military funding bill that contains a legislative repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," while the House will vote on a motion to censure New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, recently convicted of 11 ethics violations. And later, the House will vote on whether to extend Bush-era tax cuts. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich gives us the low-down on the day's votes.

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Pentagon Paves Way for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

On Tuesday, the Pentagon's top leaders said the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" law, which prohibits gay and lesbian armed forces members from openly admitting their sexuality, would not pose a problem if scrapped. A survey conducted among troops showed that over 70 percent wouldn't have a problem serving alongside gay troops. The poll results put new pressure on Republican opponents to repeal the law; President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to do so before adjourning in the next few weeks.

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Sexism and Racism Lurk in Don't Ask, Don't Tell Enforcement

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has never been closer. But while perceptions within the military of gay and lesbian servicemembers may have changed, discriminatory attitudes about gender and race remain.

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