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Published: 10/29/10

Study: Most American Troops Wouldn't Object to Serving Alongside Gays

By  Paul Wachter - AOL News
Study: Most American Troops Wouldn't Object to Serving Alongside Gays

(Oct. 29) -- Leaked results from the Pentagon's Working Group Study on "don't ask, don't tell" indicate that most American troops would not object to serving alongside gays. "The findings are that for most soldiers, and this wasn't the sum total of all soldiers, it wasn't that big of a deal ...the majority -- the number one answer, first answer was 'I don't care.' That's significant," said NBC News' Richard Engel. Engel continued: Most common, number one. Number two was, 'I would deal directly with the person involved.' So when you put the two of those together, it is the majority. Now, ther...

Published: 10/13/10

End of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'? It Depends on Obama

By  Paul Wachter - AOL News
End of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'? It Depends on Obama

(Oct. 13) -- At any point during his first two years of office, President Barack Obama could have ended, unilaterally, "don't ask, don't tell," the ban on gays openly serving in the military. All it would have taken was an executive order. But he didn't. Instead, it's been ended -- at least temporarily -- by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips, who was appointed to the federal court by Bill Clinton, the president who introduced the policy in 1993. Phillips ruled that don't ask, don't tell violated the First Amendment, which guarantees the right to free speech, and the Fifth Amendment, whic...

Published: 05/27/10

Obama, the Thin-Skinned President

By  Peter Wehner - Politics Daily
Obama, the Thin-Skinned President

In their book "The Battle for America 2008," Haynes Johnson and Dan Balz wrote this: [Chief political aide David] Axelrod also warned that Obama's confessions of youthful drug use, described in his memoir, Dreams From My Father, would be used against him. "This is more than an unpleasant inconvenience," he wrote. "It goes to your willingness and ability to put up with something you have never experienced on a sustained basis: criticism. At the risk of triggering the very reaction that concerns me, I don't know if you are Muhammad Ali or Floyd Patterson when it comes to taking a punch. You...

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