TODAY IN POLITICS: Obama signs ‘don’t ask’ repeal (Sodom no longer worth fighting for, but worth fighting against)

December 22, 2010

1 Obama’s lame-duck victory lap

2  3rd Qtr Revised GDP Released Today

3  Senate to Wrap-up Work on START Treaty and 9/11 First Responders’ Health Bill


Obama’s lame-duck victory lap

By ABBY PHILLIP | 12/22/10 2:51 PM
Barack Obama is pictured before signing the 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal Wednesday. | AP Photo

President to Sign Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Updated 45 min. ago

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President Obama will sign into law a repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on gays and lesbians in the military today. Pentagon officials say the timeline to implement their plan to counter the 17-year-old policy is expected to take at least several months.

Over the weekend, the Senate voted 65-31 in favor of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which lifts the ban against gays from serving openly in the U.S. military. The House approved the bill earlier last week by a vote of 250-174. More »

Senate to Wrap-up Work on START Treaty and 9/11 First Responders’ Health Bill

Lame-Duck Session Continues

Updated 1 hr., 45 min. ago

The Senate continues to work on major legislation to wrap up 111th session, including the START treaty and 9/11 first responders’ health bill.

The Senate plans to finish taking up amendments on the START treaty and take a final vote. Also, negotiations continue on the 9/11 first responders’ health bill. If the Senate is able to approve the legislation, the House is standing by to act on it. More »

Compliance’: The Word That Sunk a Million U.S. Jobs

by Jeff Pope

Costs not related to the quality of the end product — costs created entirely by overbearing government — have destroyed our manufacturing sector.

Strategy on the repeal: Derail the disrepect

Constitutional law expert Mat Staver says the new Congress must derail implementation of the law recently passed by the lame-duck Congress that is set to lift the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military — a move one Christian activist claims proves Barack Obama doesn’t repect his own country’s troops.

‘Gays’ in military could hurt recruiting

A retired Army chaplain says that with the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” many patriotic Christians may discourage their children from joining the armed forces.

Muslims uneasy about nuclear threat

A Christian attorney and terrorism expert says the recent release of classified material from WikiLeaks vindicates Israel’s concerns about the Iranian nuclear threat.

‘Hard days’ for evangelicals in Belarus

A Dallas-based ministry is having a big impact in countries with limited religious freedoms by raising up new leaders in Belarus.

Stock market’s relation to charity

A recent survey from the American Red Cross shows that most Americans plan to give as much or more this Christmas than they did last year.

Burst ‘debt bubble’ = hyperinflation

A financial expert is warning that inflation and rising oil prices could mean higher gas prices than those of 2008.

Traveler tolls = gov’t control

The head of a grassroots organization that promotes conservative policies within the GOP says one California county’s proposal to charge commuter fees is a sign of big government.

Where DeVore could do more for GOP

A California tea party favorite has his eyes set on the 2012 presidential election, but one Republican thinks the former senatorial candidate could make a greater impact in another office.

Defending constitutional Christmas celebration

The Alliance Defense Fund is trying to encourage two locales that anti-religious groups have no constitutional standing to remove Christian aspects from Christmas.

Churches charged for attendance?

Churches in Mission, Kansas are fighting a property tax the city council is disguising as a “driveway fee.”

Parachutes, balloons getting gospel to closed countries

As persecution increases in highly restricted countries, one ministry is employing creative methods to reach the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Egyptian gov’t persecuting Christians

An organization that aids persecuted Christians hopes Americans will take action in response to a government-authorized attack in Egypt against a group of unarmed Christians.

Parents punished for disciplining child

Canada’s top court has punished a Christian couple for spanking their child, but an organization that works to ensure family-friendly policies does not think a court should tell parents how to punish their children.

Will new FCC rules protect free speech?

The head of an international association of Christian communicators says today’s vote from the FCC for “net neutrality” may jeopardize free speech in ways that have not yet been visualized.

Obama gets his repeal, troops pay the price

poll vote button 2An advocate for America’s fighting men and women says those troops are going to pay a high price for the reckless decision of Congress to repeal the law that bans homosexuals from military service.

Hollywood ‘eager’ to sexualize young girls

The Parents Television Council has released a new report detailing the nature and extent of Hollywood’s obsession with sexualizing teenage girls.

Univ. of Wisconsin aborts abortion plans

A campaign against late-term abortions in Wisconsin has proved victorious, and one supporter of the effort feels it should be an encouragement to the rest of the country.

Senate shuts down DREAM Act

Immigration reform activist Ira Mehlman is pleased that the lame-duck session of the Congress has once again failed to pass the DREAM Act, which would have paved the way to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

‘No Labels’ Lacks Truth in Labeling

by John Rosenberg

Any organization that purports to oppose divisive labeling that doesn’t oppose racial labeling should be treated as the fatuous laughingstock it is.

Are Opioids the New Religion of the Masses?

by Theodore Dalrymple

Could it be that one of the largest causes of chronic pain among 35- to 54-year-old Americans is access to opioid drugs?

The Darker Side of Facebook: Online Jihad

by Robert E. Belgrad

Time to hold the social network to account for its terror-friendly users.

Animal Farm: The Harsh Rhetoric of Anti-Immigration Republicans

by Ruben Navarrette Jr.

Want to repair the breach between the GOP and America’s largest minority? Start by avoiding incendiary rhetoric comparing Latino immigrants to animals.

Reapportionment Favors the Red States

by Bryan Preston

The congressional delegation is bigger in Texas.

British Snowstorm Brings Out Moonbats and ‘Superheroes’

by Bryan Preston

The weather outside is frightful useful, if you’re Gaia Girl!

Snubbed: No Obamas at Britain’s Royal Wedding

by Belladonna Rogers

Barack and Michelle earn themselves a tempest in a Wedgwood teapot.

Rewarding Misbehavior with Presidential Nominations

by Hans A. von Spakovsky

How does Obama treat a political appointee who may have helped suborn perjury and obstruct an investigation? By nominating him to a higher office.

The Ultimate Troll: Democrats Plan For Media Management

by David Solway

The federal government must never be given control of the internet and the airwaves.

Census Director Robert Groves announces the results of the 2010 U.S. Census at the National Press Club. | AP Photo

Kim Jong Il Hangs Out His Christmas Stocking

by Claudia Rosett

Hey, all you American taxpayers! Maybe North Korea’s Kim Jong Il isn’t on your Christmas list. But watch out—the way things are going, Uncle Sam might be getting ready to send him presents on your behalf.

Hugo Chavez: CommuNazi

by Ron Radosh

Chavez passes his “Enabling” act, giving him near-dictatorial power in Venezuela. Sure to make the American far left ecstatic!

Does the Fourth Amendment Apply to Emails?

by Dan Miller

Yes, says the Sixth Circuit. But the consequences remain murky.

Meet the Candidates for RNC Chairman

by Bryan Preston

Plus, a look at each candidate’s social media presence.

The Great Tea Party Express/CNN Alliance: Who’s Sorry Now?

by Roger L Simon

How does the Tea Party Express justify an alliance with a network that ten minutes ago was making a mockery of the tea party?

The Small-Business Hiring Outlook? Two More Years Wandering in the Desert

by Jeff Pope

Small businesses, like my 53-person outfit, see no reason whatsoever to do anything but hold tight to our cash for the next two years.

Run Jeb, Run!

by Myra Adams

Eight reasons why Jeb Bush should run, and could defeat Obama in 2012.

Missing the California of My Youth

by Tim Daniel

California has been fundamentally transformed. The results stand as a warning to the rest of America.

Time to End the $422 Million Subsidy for Public Television

by Adam Graham

A key gut-check for fiscal conservatives.

ranian Chaos: Spontaneous Revolt Against the Regime

by Michael Ledeen

What we already see is confirmation of what I have been saying for some years: the Iranian people do not like their regime, and they are prepared to confront it. Maybe even the feckless Western leaders will see it and support the Iranian people.

3rd Qtr Revised GDP Released Today

Updated Tuesday at 9:02pm (ET)



The Commerce Department is scheduled to release this morning it’s latest measure of U.S. economic activity, the revised report on third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP).  Analysts expect a 2.8 percent pace of growth from the earlier estimated 2.5 percent which was released in November.  This is the third and final revision of GDP data for the quarter.

The GDP represents the amount of goods and services that people consume. More »

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