In an interview with the New Republic President Obama claims ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell via an executive order would have caused “huge blowback,” but this claim is highly dubious. So a great example of that is the work we did on “don’t ask, don’t tell.” There were advocates in the LGBT community who were [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday January 28, 2013 10:04 am|
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday August 31, 2011 1:53 pm|
In a remarkable turn of events, the Department of Justice has elected to file a writ of mandamus to prevent Judge John Facciola from allowing Dan Choi from offering a “selective prosecution” or “vindictive prosecution” defense. The government elected to pursue federal charges against Choi and 12 others for chaining themselves to the White House fence on November 15, 2010 to protest Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday August 15, 2011 12:25 pm|
Dan and his attorney, Yetta Kurland, will be joining us for a community conference call on August 17 to talk about the upcoming trial. Please sign up and join us on the call, and let Dan know that you are watching what’s happening to him and that you’ll be there to support him throughout.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday January 4, 2011 5:30 pm|
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t actually need to oppose Democrats’ proposals. He can simply declare that he opposes the Democrats’ plan thereby instantly making the issue a “controversy” for the media. By merely labeling any proposal “controversial” he can often succeed in making it less popular.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday December 22, 2010 11:24 am|
It is with great joy that I note the Senate passage and today’s signing by President Obama of a bill that should lead to the eventual repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” The policy was pure discrimination, and has no place in a fair and equal society. But the events of the last few days [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday December 14, 2010 8:03 am|
He’s the least popular man in the Senate with the public: only 24% of Connecticut voters say they’d vote for him again. His sheer bottom-scraping numbers are causing likely opponents to drool at the thought of challenging him. But in the House of Lords, they love him. Politico reports “Senior Democrats” are urging Joe Lieberman to run again
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 9, 2010 2:12 pm|
The defense authorization bill containing a repeal of the discriminative “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy failed today in the Senate for a second time this year because it could only secure a majority of 57 votes. Once again, the shameful history of the filibuster being mainly a tool of bigots used to crush the rights [...]
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 15, 2010 12:12 pm|
With chances fading quickly that Congress will end the policy of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” The Hill has concluded this will be a political disaster for Obama. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may not be able to secure enough votes to pass the bill because of language repealing the ban on gays in the [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday October 21, 2010 4:57 pm|
The fact that Jarret could use a term that is like fingernails on a chalkboard to LGBT people, and still be out there as White House spokesperson on the issue of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, is symptomatic of something deeply wrong. She should have stepped down, because her continued presence in the media on this issue is like pouring gasoline on the fire. They should have replaced her with someone else immediately. It’s a sign of incredibly callousness and insensitivity on the part of the administration that she continues to be their spokesperson on this issue.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 19, 2010 10:34 am|
Jobs creation is the top concern for Americans right now, and it is near criminal that we don’t have more members on the board of the Federal Reserve who are committed to fulfilling their mandate to increase employment. Ending the waste would be a massive step towards reduce our deficit. Drug re-importation, ending DADT and medical marijuana are supported by overwhelming majorities of Americans. The list above is not only smart policy, but also represent smart political moves that Obama is fully capable of taking.