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In policy reversal, Pentagon will honor gay and lesbian troops

In a sharp reversal of it’s “look the other way” policy, the Pentagon will openly salute gay soldiers in June, abandoning the last vestiges of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that framed the military’s reluctant acceptance of homosexual personnel for nearly 20 years. Pentagon officials announced Thursday that they host an even to openly recognize gay and lesbian troops during June, which is gay pride month. Until the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy — put in place in 1993 — was repealed last September, more than 13000 soldiers were cashiered out of the military after admitting their sexual orientation.
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Virginia gets a gay judge

In Virginia, where homophobia thrives and the Klan still rallies in the mountains and valleys, a gay judge managed to survive a right-wing attempt to block his appointment as a district court judge when Richmond Circuit judges circumvented the Old Dominion’s General Assembly and make the appointment themselves. The judges voted to put Tracy Thorne-Bergland, an openly gay prosecutor, on the direct court bench just a few weeks after the Republican-controlled General Assembly rejected his appointment. Right-wing Virginia delegate Robert Marshall led the fight to block Thorne-Begland’s appointment, calling him “an aggressive activist for the pro-homosexual agenda.” Such hyperbole is
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Democrats’ lament: What do we do about Obama?

Throughout the halls of power in Washington, in the bars that cover Capitol Hill like litter and the power lunch spots along K Street, the political elite huddle over cocktails, sparkling water or $40 salads and ask one question: “What are we going to do about Barack Obama?” This hand-wringing comes not from Republicans seeking to end Obama’s presidency at one term but from Democrats, pundits, consultants and lobbyists who fret over the President’s lack of focus, his mixed messages and a stuttering campaign that bears little resemblance to the smooth-running machine that carried him into office four years ago.
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Shock and awe? Obama and Romney tied in latest CNN poll

CNN’s latest poll shows presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney in a statistical dead heat with President Barack Obama. And in what could be worse news for Obama, who is pushing a campaign based on the economy, the poll also shows Americans split evenly over who could best handle the nation’s financial ills. Romney’s strength against the incumbent President is surprising a lot of people, including right-wing Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan. “That’s pretty amazing,” Ryan said on “Fox and Friends.”  “Being tied at this stage, given what President Obama is doing and what Romney is up against as a challenger
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Carville, other Democratic pros feel Obama is unfocused, out-of-touch with voters

Political strategist James Carville thinks President Barack Obama is blowing his chances for re-election with a risky economic message. Appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America,” Carville said: I’m worried that when the White House or the campaign talks about the progress that’s being made, people take that as a signal that they think that things are fine and people don’t feel they ought to believe that. Carville is not alone.  Democratic political pros tell Capitol Hill Blue that the President appears unfocused and out-of-touch lately and worry about whether or not he can deliver a message that will resonate with
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‘Burn in hell Rand:’ The son faces the wrath of Ron Paul’s cult-like following

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul‘s decision to endorse his father’s rival — presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney — continues to bring the wrath of Ron Paul‘s cult=like supporters. “Nothing but a judas.  Burn in hell rand,” wrote Natalie Shipanoff on Facebook. Cody Seggerman Tzm, also writing on Facebook, declared: “Shame on you rand…you sold out on everything your father stands for. For money…if here is a hell, you will see it unless you can make up for your actions.” Over at The Daily Paul, a poster named Washington said: The only thing that makes sense is that they must
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Obama was ‘too busy’ to help Democrats recall Scott Walker

President Barack Obama now claims he was too busy to help fellow Democrats throw union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker out of office in last week’s recall election. “As President of the United States, I’ve got a lot of responsibilities,” Obama told Green Bay radio station WBAY in an interview. “Obviously, I would have loved to see a different result.” But Obama did nothing to alter the outcome of the election.  He didn’t campaign for Democratic challenger Tom Barrett.  He didn’t even put in an appearance in the state nor did he send in any surrogates to represent him. “The truth
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Stoned or drunk? Commerce Secretary goes on car-ramming spree in California

Sources close to the investigation of two hit-and-run accidents caused by Commerce Secretary John Bryson tell Capitol Hill Blue the Obama appointee was “definitely under the influence of something” when he struck two cars in two separate incidents and fled the scene in Los Angeles County over the weekend. Bryson, found passed out in his car following the second incident, is hospitalized with “non life-threatening” issues and is “under investigation” for felony hit and run by the county sheriff’s department and the San Gabriel police department. The first accident occurred about 5 p.m. California time on Saturday when Bryson, ,68,
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Pro-Obama groups shell out $4 milion for Spanish language ad blitz against Romney

Si habla Espanol? If you do speak Spanish then be prepared for a barrage of anti-Mitt Romney ads on your TV because pro-Obama Priorities USA “Super PAC” and the Service Employees International Union are footing the bill for a $ million ad blitz aimed at using the presumptive GOP nominee’s words against him. Priorities senior adviser Paul Begala says Romney’s politics would “be devastating to Latino families.” Of course, some Latinos say the same thing about the broken promises of Barack Obama.
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Liberal’s lament: Obama is just ‘too damn moderate’

It’s no fun being a liberal when Barack Obama is President. The left feels left out by a Democratic President they feel is “too damn moderate.” While conservatives condemn Obama as a “big government liberal,” those on the left feel Obama has sold out their causes too many times. “He’s a damn moderate if he’s anything,” lifelong St. Louis Democrat Charles Osborne tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “He’s backed away from too many issues that are important.” Many liberals say Obama backed down to GOP demands on tax cuts as part of his 2009 stimulus package, abandoned the “public option” on
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