Defense officials say lift military ban on gays
It’s time to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and allow gay troops to serve openly for the first time in history, the nation’s top defense officials declared Tuesday, with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff proclaiming that service members should not be forced to “lie about who they are.”
However, both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen asked for a year to study the impact before Congress would lift the controversial policy.
(cuz it’s a totally new idea that nobody ever thought of before)
Giannoulias, Kirk declare victory in U.S. Senate primaries
Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias declared victory tonight in the Democratic primary for President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat.
The victory for the first-term son of a banking family sets up a nationally-watched November contest with Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, who easily won the GOP primary tonight.
Quinn declares victory but Hynes won’t concede in Democratic governor’s race
The races for governor went down to the wire tonight with razor-thin margins separating Gov. Pat Quinn from Comptroller Dan Hynes on the Democratic side and state Sens. Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady among Republicans.
(As usual, the voters lost)
AIG plans to pay $100 million in another round of bonuses
American International Group plans Wednesday to pay another round of employee bonuses, worth about $100 million, said several people familiar with the matter, a year after similar payments at the bailed-out insurance giant infuriated many Americans and inflamed Washington.
Emanuel apologized for ‘retarded’ remark
A White House official emails that Rahm Emanuel has acknowledged calling liberal Democrats “retarded” and apologized for the remark.
“Rahm called Tim Shriver Wednesday to apologize and the apology was accepted,” the official said.
Shriver is the Chairman and CEO of the Special Olympics, which has launched a campaign against what it calls “the R word.”
(He still hasn’t apologized to the people he intended to insult)
Dog shoots man in back during hunting trip
A 53-year-old man is recovering after a bizarre hunting accident Saturday that Merced County sheriff’s deputies believe involved his dog.
(Man’s best friend? Riiight)
Academy Awards nominations 2010: Which ones have a real chance?
The nominations for the 82nd annual Academy Awards, announced Tuesday morning, contained all the names Oscar watchers were expecting. The few surprises that slipped through were mild and mostly pleasant.
The big change this year is that for the first time since 1943, 10 movies were nominated for best picture. A “lost” list is inevitable, so let’s get that over with, and then we’ll talk. These are the nominees: “Avatar,” “The Blind Side,” “District 9,” “An Education,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Inglourious Basterds,” “Precious,” “A Serious Man,” “Up” and “Up in the Air.”
Saints, Colts Hoping To Resolve Super Bowl Through Diplomacy
Team officials from the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts emerged from a tense, 12-hour negotiating session Thursday and told reporters that, while they had yet to reach a settlement that would prevent a massive on-field conflict, the AFC and NFC champions were committed to resolving the Super Bowl through diplomatic channels.
“Playing this Super Bowl is our last resort,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who was flanked by the coaches and quarterbacks for the opposing teams. “Yes, there are some difficult issues that need to be hashed out, such as who will be the game’s MVP, the number of total passing yards for each quarterback, and which team will be named Super Bowl champion, but I think we made progress today.”
(RU paying attention?)
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