The Washington Post: "Key votes pending in Congress this week on whether to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law that prohibits openly gay men and lesbians from serving in the military remain too close to call, advocates on both sides say. The Senate Armed Services Committee is expected to vote by the end of the week on an amendment to the annual defense spending bill that would end "don't ask, don't tell," which Congress passed in 1993. Chairman Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) favors a repeal, but it is unclear whether he has enough votes, with six senators on the panel considered undecided, legislative sources said."
Gay rights groups wonder what Brown can do for them. "Gay rights groups anxious to see Congress move quickly toward repealing the law that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military are training some of their lobbying energy on Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown [Friday]," the Boston Globe reports. "The Senate Armed Services Committee is planning to vote on a provision lifting the controversial Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy when it takes up the fiscal year 2011 defense spending bill [this] week."
And the Tea Party turns on Brown… "Senator Scott Brown yesterday drew scorn from former admirers who had hailed the Massachusetts Republican as a new voice for the conservative cause but now say he has abandoned them by joining Democrats to advance President Obama's plan to overhaul the financial system," the Boston Globe said on Saturday. "As quickly as they had latched onto his campaign four months ago, they repudiated him yesterday through a flurry of blog posts, editorials, and Facebook messages. 'His career as a senator of the people lasted slightly longer than the shelf life of milk,' said Shelby Blakely, executive director of New Patriot Journal, the media arm of the Tea Party Patriots, which includes various Tea Party groups around the country. 'The general mood of the Tea Party is, 'We put you in, and we'll take you out in 2012.' This is not something we will forget.'"
Roll Call profiles Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), who the paper says is showing an "aggressive side." Why? "Cantwell's frustration had been brewing for months, and most of her ire appears to have been directed at Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who had tried repeatedly to undermine the strict derivatives regulation she personally pushed Agriculture Chairman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) to adopt."