UPDATE: President Barack Obama has pledged to work with Congress this year to end the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that bars homosexuals from serving openly in the military. But the president’s words weren’t strong enough for some gay-rights activists, who say that pledging to “work” on changing the law is not the same as pledging to end the law.
“This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are,” the president said in his State of the Union address Wednesday night.
That one sentence was the sum total of Obama’s declarations on the issue, but “you only need one sentence for the military leaders in this country to hear their commander-in-chief,” House Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) said after the speech.
“Obama touched on the topic briefly, but didn’t offer a detailed plan to end the ban many on the left were hoping for,” reports Evan McMorris-Santoro at TalkingPointsMemo.
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President Barack Obama will ask Congress to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy during his State of the Union address on Wednesday night, news reports say.
White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod confirmed to CNN Wednesday that the president plans to press the issue when he addresses Congress and the nation.
“This is a position the president has held,” Axelrod said, as quoted at the Huffington Post. “Obviously it will take an act of Congress to do that. They will have to usher in that transition. And we’re going to continue to push to get that done. … We don’t think it’s a just policy, but it’s also not a good policy for our national security interests.”
CNN also reported that Gen. John Shalikashvili, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has sent a letter to senior Pentagon leadership declaring that the time has come to end the 17-year-old policy.
“As a nation built on the principal of equality, we should recognize and welcome change that will build a stronger more cohesive military,” Shalikashvili reportedly wrote.
HuffPo’s Sam Stein quoted “a source in the gay rights community” who said “it’s going to happen.
“[I]t is going to be brought up in a somewhat significant way. But what that significance is we don’t know,” the source said.
News sources say the president will focus primarily on the economy in the speech scheduled for 9 pm ET Wednesday.
MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle: The markets finally realized the economic crisis is linked to the health crisis
MSNBC market expert Stephanie Ruhle told Brian Williams on Wednesday that the reason Americans saw the stock market fall this week is that they have finally realized that things aren't getting any better.
Williams asked if the numbers this week are different from normal pre-election years.
"This is quite different," said Ruhle. "The markets have woken up to the fact that this health crisis is directly linked to the economic crisis. The markets can't thrive when we don't have a national plan to deal with the coronavirus. And you look at the GDP, you know that tomorrow, you led the show with it, the president is going to say, 'We're back, baby! With the greatest economy ever.' That's not the case. We have been seeing improvements. We are on the road to recovery. But even if we get 30 percent, 35 percent GDP, which would be positive, it's far from saying we're back."
Stephen Colbert does hilarious MAGA-Frozen parody after Trump fans were abandoned in the Omaha cold
Those who've been subjected to "Let it Go" from the Pixar film "Frozen," for the past decade will recognize the new tune from "A Late Show" host Stephen Colbert.
"MAGA Frozen" celebrates those who could lose a toe to the tune of "Let it Go."
"The MAGA rally just ended tonight,He danced to YMCA.His campaign bussed me out hereBut the ticket was one-way.Extremities have all gone numb,All to watch Trump attack Biden's son.My feet can't feel severe frostbite.I think I might,Lose a toe,Lose a toe,Left foot will have only four.Lose a toe,Lose a toe,My choice of footwear was poor.Obamacare will cover my stay.Oh, wait, Barrott got confirmed.Might have to sell this tiara on eBay."
Brett Kavanaugh revised his Wisconsin ruling after Vermont official’s demands — but it still contains the lies
Supreme Court Justice revised his Wisconsin opinion after a Vermont official complained that he misrepresented the way the state dealt with the election amid the pandemic. The problem, however, is that his corrections only cleaned up the sloppy language.
While it no longer appears like a high school mock trial assignment, it still lies about the example he gave in the Vermont details.