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Young voters at MTV forum challenge Obama on big issues…..

 

 

 

Audience members pressed Obama, asking why they should vote for him again in 2012 when unemployment is currently at 9.6 percent nationally and the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is still in place.

 

“If the economy does not improve over the next two years, why should we vote you back in?” asked one audience member.

Another young voter told Obama she voted for him because of his “alleged” commitment to equality, and then ask why he had not yet ended the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Obama responded by defending his economic record with a now familiar checklist of the policies he has put in place and the economy he inherited.

On “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” the president said he believes he has “enough votes in the Senate to go ahead and remove this constraint on me” as the House has done.

“This policy will end, and it will end on my watch,” Obama said.

After a federal judge ruled the policy unconstitutional earlier in the week, the White House has been scrambling to emphasize Obama’s opposition to the policy even as the Justice Department prepares an appeal.

“I can’t simply ignore the laws that are out there,” Obama said……

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October 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

Judge orders halt to ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’…..

Another decisison against the law from a Federal Judge….

 

A federal judge has issued an injunction that stops the military’s ban on openly gay people serving in the military.

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips on Tuesday barred the enforcement of the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” law. Phillips ordered the Department of Defense to halt investigations and discharges of military members stemming from the Clinton-era law.

President Obama has committed to scrapping the ban, and the Pentagon is now reviewing the effect a repeal would have on the troops. Meanwhile, the House has successfully included legislation to repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell” in the 2011 defense authorization bill, but the Senate has yet to act on that legislation.

Gay-rights activists cheered the federal judge’s injunction.

“This order from Judge Phillips is another historic and courageous step in the right direction, a step that Congress has been noticeably slow in taking,” said Alexander Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also hailed the decision, saying in a message on Twitter that it was a further “affirmation” that constitutional rights are being denied in the policy. Separately, a spokesman for Pelosi said the Speaker wants the administration to put a moratorium on all dismissals under “Don’t ask, don’t tell” until the Senate considers legislation repealing the policy……

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October 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment