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Morning Newsdome: Probably closeted republicans filibuster "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

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  • Joeff Davis
  • Sen. John McCain led the Republican filibuster of "DADT"

>> Senate republicans successfully filibustered the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" yesterday, keeping the issue from being voted on in the senate this year. How many of them do you think are secretly gay? (Politico)

>> Bill Clinton explained in an interview last night that then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell promised a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" bill that is much different from the one we got: "Gay service members would never get in trouble for going to gay bars, marching in gay rights parades as long as they weren't in uniform. That was what they were promised. That's a very different 'Don't ask, don't tell' than we got." Powell now supports a repeal on DADT as well. But as always, nothing is ever Bill Clinton's fault. (CBS News)

>> In his new book Obama's Wars, Bob Woodward describes the political struggle with the president's withdrawal plan for Afghanistan: When the military requested 40,000 troops, Obama said, "I'm not doing 10 years. I'm not doing long-term nation-building. I am not spending a trillion dollars." Instead, he went with his own compromise of 30,000 troops because he "can't lose the whole Democratic Party." Not losing the Democratic Party pretty much sums up his whole presidency. (the New York Times)

>> A helicopter crash yesterday killing nine NATO troops makes 2010 the deadliest year for soldiers in the Afghanistan, with 525 U.S. and NATO service member deaths this year. Great compromise, Obama. (ABC News)

>> And finally: Joe Lieberman is trying to put together a "gang," which he admits is an "awful word," of moderate senators to reach a deal extending Bush era tax cuts. An awful word for an awful man extending an awful law. (Talking Points Memo)