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Congress: GOP blocks DADT repeal

The Boston Globe puts the blame on Republicans: "GOP blocks repeal of ‘don’t ask’"

The New York Times: “The outcome, at a time when Congress is increasingly paralyzed by the partisan fury of the midterm elections, was more a result of a dispute between Democrats and Republicans over legislative process than a straightforward referendum on whether to allow gay, lesbian and bisexual soldiers to serve openly.” The Times adds that there will likely be another vote later this year.

Is Bill Clinton really blaming Colin Powell for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell?" CBS's Katie Couric asked Clinton if he regrets putting DADT in place to which he replied, ""Oh, yeah. But keep in mind, I didn't choose this policy." He then blamed Republicans, who he said were seeking an absolute ban on gays in the military. And then said this: "When Colin Powell sold me on 'don't ask, don't tell,' here's what he said it would be: Gay service members would never get in trouble for going to gay bars, marching in gay rights parades as long as they weren't in uniform. That's a very different don't ask, don't tell than we got."


Per NBC’s Ken Strickland, Senate Democrats this week will revisit their effort to pass a bill that would require greater disclosure on campaign advertising funded by corporations, unions, and other organizations. The DISCLOSE Act was created in response to Supreme Court ruling on the Citizens United case. Last summer, Democrats fell one vote shy of the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster on the bill. (The vote was actually 57-41, but Lieberman -- who supported the bill -- was absent the day of the vote; and Reid switched his vote for procedural reasons.) In a tweet, Majority Leader Harry Reid's spokesman Jim Manley said, "We're debating DISCLOSE Act tomorrow w/vote Thursday."

"House and Senate Democrats scrambled Tuesday to finalize their pre-election exit strategy. But as has been the case for much of the 111th Congress, they remain at odds on a path forward," Roll Call writes. "The only thing the chambers seem to be able to agree on is that they need to let Members go home by the end of next week, after passing a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through the elections."

"The Senate is poised to consider whether to impeach U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. during the lame-duck session, now that an appointed impeachment panel has completed nearly two weeks of proceedings," Roll Call writes.