Jul 222011

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Jul 222011

John Boehner abruptly called off debt ceiling negotiations with President Obama this afternoon. A visibly upset President Obama briefed the White House press corps…

So they will come down here at 11:00 tomorrow. I expect them to have an answer in terms of how they intend to get this thing done over the course of the next week. The American people expect action. I continue to believe that a package that is balanced and actually has serious debt and deficit reduction is the right way to go. And the American people , I think, are fed up with political posturing. And an inability for politicians to take responsibility actions as opposed to dodge their responsibilities.

Full transcript after the break.

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DADT repeal certified

 Posted by at 16:44  Politics
Jul 222011

It’s done…

Obama certifies end of military’s gay ban

President Barack Obama on Friday certified the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the policy preventing gays from openly serving in the military.

“Our military will no longer be deprived of the talents and skills of patriotic Americans just because they happen to be gay or lesbian,” [President] Obama said in a statement released by the White House.

The move came after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Joint Chiefs of Staff certified that the military was ready to end the ban.

Each member of the Joint Chiefs had to submit a recommendation to [Secretary] Panetta, indicating that they are far enough in their training to repeal DADT, and that it will not have an impact on military readiness.

[President] Obama’s certification starts a 60-day waiting period to implement the repeal — before “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is officially a thing of the past.

“As of September 20th, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country,” [President] Obama said.