Blog Roundup

Tuesday Blog Roundup – 12-17-2013

The fear of a black Santa continues

Judge orders NSA to stop phone spying

Paul Ryan On Immigration: ‘No Amnesty’

Christie scandal almost too absurd to believe

Obama suffers most from year of turmoil, poll finds

Snowden to Brazil: Swap you spying help for asylum

Jeh Johnson confirmed as secretary of homeland security

Senate Conservatives Fund accuses Boehner of discrimination. Against conservatives.

Arizona Woman Gets Punched for Saying ‘Happy Holidays’ Instead of ‘Merry Christmas’

Media Matters staff: Fox’s Sean Hannity: “The Pope Sounds Like He Is Against Capitalism”

Homophobic RNC Committee Member Accuses Gay Colleagues Of Manipulating Health Benefits

U.S. Politics

DADT Repeal Fully Endorsed In Pentagon Study

Huffington Post

The Pentagon released its much-anticipated study on repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) on Tuesday, finding that 70 percent of servicemembers believe the change in policy would have a positive, mixed or no effect. The announcement was accompanied by a full-throated endorsement of allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly by the study’s co-authors, who concluded that there is little risk of disruption to the military if implementation is properly carried out.

Co-authors Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson and Army Gen. Carter Ham told reporters in a press briefing on Tuesday that the study found strong support for implementing repeal, and activists are hoping that lawmakers who were waiting to see the findings will now come out in support of allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly. Furthermore, they made clear that much of the opposition to repeal springs from misinformation.

“The reality is that there are gay men and lesbians already serving in today’s U.S. military, and most Service members recognize this,” said Johnson in his prepared remarks to reporters. “Further, in the course of our assessment, it became apparent to us that, aside from the moral and religious objections to homosexuality, much of the concern about ‘openly’ gay Service members is driven by misperceptions and stereotypes.”

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