Pentagon to issue report on gays in military November 30

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters) – A long-awaited Pentagon report on the impact of lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military will be sent to Congress and released publicly on November 30, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday. Read the full story

Gates says START a centerpiece of ties with Russia

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday the New START nuclear treaty was a centerpiece of improved U.S. ties with Russia and failure to ratify the accord could pose “real problems for the relationship.” Read the full story

GOP Senator Slams ‘Unconstitutional’ Health Care Policy He Once Supported

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) asserted that a mandate requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance violates the U.S. Constitution during an interview on Fox News last Friday. Addressing the legality of the measure, which was included in the health reform package enacted into law earlier this year, the six-term incumbent didn’t hold back in sharing […]

Carol Moseley Braun Announces Bid For Chicago Mayor

CHICAGO — Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun kicked off her campaign for Chicago mayor Saturday by reintroducing herself to voters, some of whom weren’t even born when she last won election in 1992. Braun, who runs an organic food company, was the latest candidate to formally enter the race to replace retiring Mayor Richard […]

David Fenton: President Obama: Stop the Searches or I’m Voting Against You

It’s time for Americans, regardless of political affiliation or philosophy, to stand up for themselves and demand that the overly intrusive — likely unconstitutional — enhanced “pat down” searches at airport security checkpoints stop. The stories of outrageous searches of young boys, the humiliation of cancer victims and constant mistreatment of law-abiding American citizens by […]

Robert Kuttner: Saving Progressivism From Obama

What’s the worst case, and the best case, that we can imagine for the next two years? Let’s look at the economics first. Republicans and the White House both seem determined to make the recession worse by reducing the budget deficit long before the economy is in recovery. The deficit commission’s two co-chairs have proposed […]