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Watch LIVE: Senate Armed Services Committee Hearings on 'DADT'

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs Chair Admiral Mike Mullen, and the two authors of the Pentagon DADT report, Defense Department General Counsel Jeh C. Johnson and Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, are set to appear at hearings this morning before the Senate Armed Services Committee at 9 am ET.

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I'll be posting 'highlights' as the clips become available.

UPDATE: 12:47 pm ET Hearings have adjourned.

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  1. God Bless America.

    Posted by: Tony X | Dec 2, 2010 9:07:59 AM

  2. These hearings just prove that John McCain is a stubborn, bigoted fool who panders to other bigoted fools. The man should retire and let his daughter do his thinking.

    Posted by: Gene | Dec 2, 2010 9:20:25 AM

  3. ADM. Mullen gave remarkable opening remarks. Please re-post when available.

    Posted by: Morales | Dec 2, 2010 9:38:11 AM

  4. McCain really is a very evil bigot.

    Posted by: Tony X | Dec 2, 2010 9:51:06 AM

  5. McCain is a major pouting bigot. I hope he gets a very painful form of cancer and the only one that can help is a gay doctor, who also has no ethics and refuses to treat him. Leaving him with long-term excrutiating pain until he finally fades into oblivion.

    Posted by: WithHonor | Dec 2, 2010 9:57:51 AM

  6. This is a hearing. No hearsay allowed. What people are saying to him? How can we trust what he says people are saying to him? Those people that are saying something to him should have filled out the survey with their own bigoted opinions.

    Posted by: WithHonor | Dec 2, 2010 10:22:54 AM

  7. Holy cow, go Mullen. Inhofe is throwing some trash and Mullen is just standing his ground and acting the bigger man. We shouldn't change the policy in war time? It's going to change one way or another, atleast by repealing it through congress it can go smoothly and with a plan. If the courts impose a ruling, there will be chaos in times of war. That stated, Inhofe still refuse to ackowledge that, and still asks if now is a good time to change. The fact is, that there is not a better time to repeal. It's either take 1 step back, and 5 steps forward, or 10 steps back, and 5 forward. Choose wisely congress, risk the lifes of soldiers just so you can fight equal rights every step of the way, or do the right thing, and dispose of a policy that not only harms the military, but leaves a unmistakenable stain on it's pride.

    Posted by: Cocoa | Dec 2, 2010 10:28:58 AM

  8. Interesting how they had NO Problem implimenting Bigotry, but its gonna take "awhile" to deconstruct?

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 2, 2010 10:37:26 AM

  9. Looks like Collins, Webb, Nelson and Brown WILL vote for repeal. Definitely Collins and Webb. Barring any random excuses about debate procedure.

    McCain, if there were a Hell, I'd hope you'd rot in it. You pathetic, souless douchebag.

    Posted by: George | Dec 2, 2010 10:56:13 AM

  10. Manchin however, looks like he's on the fence.

    Speaking of which, anyone know why newly-elected Senator Manchin and Coons are already seated? I thought this was the lame-duck?

    Posted by: George | Dec 2, 2010 11:25:38 AM

  11. I've lerned not to even listen to McCain. Everything he says is either a lie or a contradiction this past month. "It's working"? Well, I suppose if you can say a policy that costes the military millions of dollars in discharged manpower, investigations, and manpower occupied with investigations-"working" then sure, yeah, it's working. It's allowing bigots like you to end someone's carrer and the subject of blackmail.

    "It's a political promise by a presidentual candidate"? People have been wnting this repealed LONG before Obama came to the scene, and infact, when it was passed in the Clinton administration, it barely passed. It was a compromise between Cliton and Bigots (like you McCain) that didn't want gays to serve in the military period.

    "It's called Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Well really, it's called 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue, but that's just being nit-picky- like you. Anyway, one word from a soldier can lead to a (very expensive, I may add) investigtion and possibly to a discharge. If they even suspect you, they can invistate you and search your emails. We all know what it's called (thanks to you...) McCain, but what's called, and how it is carried out are two different things senator.

    I'm not normally this lively and normally I keep these thoughts to myself, but McCain and his flocks of mindless birds that use his arguements are just pushing my buttons today. Hopefully, tommorrow's hearings will go well, and people will see how neccesary it is to repeaal this useless, needlessly costly, and homophobic policy really is.

    Posted by: Cocoa | Dec 2, 2010 11:30:38 AM

  12. @George. Coons and Manchin are filling vacated seats (Biden's, and Byrd's) so they could be seated immediately. Likewise, Kirk, who is taking Obama's seat.

    Posted by: Kugel | Dec 2, 2010 11:55:13 AM

  13. As usual, the majority of Repugs on the panel are being typical asses, especially McCain and Sessions. In fact, it seems Sessions is going out of his way to be as big a bigot in this matter as McCain -- and he's doing a damn good job proving his is.

    As to the question of why Manchin and Coons (as well as Kirk [R-IL]) are serving in this lame duck Congress, I think it's because they ran for office in "special elections" to fill the seat of a duly-elected Senator who had not completed the term due to a special circumstance such as death, e.g., Byrd (D-WV).

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 2, 2010 11:58:43 AM

  14. ahh Ms Graham speaks.....this should be priceless....can't stand that fucking closet case.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 2, 2010 12:04:07 PM

  15. wow - Mc Cain is just being a complete asshole......someone should ask McCain - "Sir, did you get promoted..cause you're being a Major Dick" ...

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 2, 2010 12:25:40 PM

  16. McCain would have met a great Dixiecrat fighting racial integration.

    Posted by: Tony X | Dec 2, 2010 12:26:24 PM

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