The latest cast shot from the HBO adaptation of Game Change, the book based around the 2008 election. Previously: Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin.
John McCain Hub
The Dilemma, starring Vince Vaughn, has a weak opening at the box office.
Like his brother, there are times that Dave Franco can very much echo James Dean.
Meet Lesley Pilkington, a Christian therapist who claims she can make you straight: “We say everybody is heterosexual but some people have a homosexual problem. Nobody is born gay. It is environmental; it is in the upbringing.” She's at risk of losing her license in the UK.
Jared Leto rocks a fuchsia piggy hat.
USA Networks awards $5,000 grant to a gay rights activist whose son was killed in a hate crime in 2007.
Government figures arrested in Tunisia amid that country's unrest.
Black Swan's Natalie Portman wins Best Actress at the Critic's Choice Movie Awards.
RIP: British actress Susannah York.
17-year-old from Nebraska crowned Miss America, hopes to register as an independent next year.
Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg's new modest home.
John McCain's words of praise for the President for his speech about the Tuscon shooting: "Obama gave a terrific speech Wednesday night. He movingly mourned and honored the victims of Saturday's senseless atrocity outside Tucson, comforted and inspired the country, and encouraged those of us who have the privilege of serving America."
Tuscon shooting victim arrested after threat.
The city of Boston has spent $12,000 to retrofit one of their ambulances to accommodate the increasing number of obese patients. Additions include a hydraulic lift and a stretcher that can hold up to 800 pounds.
Milan "Menswear Fashion Week" preview.
Yesterday I noted that Senator John McCain, DADT repeal's most vocal opponent, had shifted his position in an interview with FOX Business. Here's the video.
Said McCain to Don Imus: "I think I have to do everything I can to make sure that the important moral, retention, recruitment, and battle effectiveness of the military is minimized as much as possible. It is a law and I have to do whatever I can to help the men and women who are serving particularly in combat cope with this new situation. I will do everything I can to make it work."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Writes hate group leader Tony Perkins, of the Family Research Council, in the group's holiday update:
"As for FRC, who will take great pleasure in seeing this lame-duck finally limp out of town, we'll be spending the next couple of weeks reassessing the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' debate. In fact, I've already been in conversations with Hill leaders about holding hearings in the New Year, as well as statutory and legislative oversight steps that can be taken to turn back aspects of the repeal and slow down--if not stop--the rest. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and others will be working with FRC to put a strict evaluation process in place. We want to ensure that the Pentagon is monitoring the effect of this radical change on the men and women in harm's way. One way to do that is demanding specific measurables--like tracking the sexual assaults, dips in recruitment and retention, combat distractions, and more. If there's the slightest disruption to the military's mission, you can bet that FRC will be on the Hill, demanding to revisit this repeal. And unlike the Senate Majority Leader, we won't consult Lady Gaga first."
The 'DADT' repeal act signing is scheduled to take place at 9:15 am at the Department of Interior. Please join us LIVE a few minutes before that time.
Dan Choi, who has just been released from the hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts spoke to CNN about yesterday's historic vote, his PTSD and how he feels sorry for John McCain who says "must have lost a screw."
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP.
All that was needed in this afternoon's vote was a simple majority. It easily passed with a vote of 65-31. Eight Republicans joined Democrats in the vote.
Congratulations to everyone who helped make this historic day happen!
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs just sent out the following tweet explaining that President Obama will sign the repeal into law sometime next week.
OutServe's response: "OutServe looks forward to the day that repeal of this law is signed by our Commander in Chief and the certification process is complete so we can all begin to serve openly and honestly. Certification must take place as soon as possible as gay and lesbian service members will be in limbo over the next few months. As the troops will interpret today's actions as an end in the policy, only a delay in certification will increase the lack of clarity among the ranks."
Defense Secretary Robert Gates: ""I welcome today's vote by the Senate clearing the way for a legislative repeal of the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' law. Once this legislation is signed into law by the President, the Department of Defense will immediately proceed with the planning necessary to carry out this change carefully and methodically, but purposefully. This effort will be led by Dr. Clifford Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and himself a retired Marine Corps major general and infantry officer. The legislation provides that repeal will take effect once the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify that implementation of the new policies and regulations written by the Department is consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces. As I have stated before, I will approach this process deliberately and will make such certification only after careful consultation with the military service chiefs and our combatant commanders and when I am satisfied that those conditions have been met for all the Services, commands and units. It is therefore important that our men and women in uniform understand that while today's historic vote means that this policy will change, the implementation and certification process will take an additional period of time. In the meantime, the current law and policy will remain in effect."
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund: "Today’s vote is the critical strike against ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and toward creating a path that could end in lesbian, gay and bisexual people being able to serve openly, honestly, and to great benefit of our country. We celebrate this important victory and thank all the senators who supported fairness today. We are on the brink of making history. An end to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ cannot happen soon enough. This arcane and costly policy has destroyed thousands of careers, wasted much-needed dollars, and failed to enhance our nation’s security. We are now poised to end this travesty once and for all, as the Senate today joined with the three-quarters of Americans who already believe ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ must go. People from every background, every faith, every community across the country know that qualified, patriotic Americans willing to risk their lives by serving in the military should be able to do so, free of discrimination. When full repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is implemented, our nation will honor the principles of fairness and justice that it holds so dearly. We urge President Obama to act swiftly to sign this historic bill."
United States Navy Admiral Mike Mullen: "I am pleased to see the Congress vote to repeal the law governing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Handling this through legislation preserves the military's prerogative to implement change in a responsible, deliberate manner. More critically, it is the right thing to do. No longer will able men and women who want to serve and sacrifice for their country have to sacrifice their integrity to do so. We will be a better military as a result. I look forward to working with Secretary Gates and the Service chiefs as we set about the task of preparing and certifying the joint force to implement the new law. And I am committed to making sure that process is well-led, maintains our combat readiness and upholds our high standards."
Family Research Council: "Today is a tragic day for our armed forces. The American military exists for only one purpose - to fight and win wars. Yet it has now been hijacked and turned into a tool for imposing on the country a radical social agenda. This may advance the cause of reshaping social attitudes regarding human sexuality, but it will only do harm to the military's ability to fulfill its mission."
Joe Lieberman said after the vote: “We righted a wrong. Today we’ve done justice.”
John McCain: "Today's a very sad day. They will do what is asked of them but don't think there won't be a great cost."
Joe Manchin (W. Va ), was the only Democratic Senator to miss both of today's historic votes though he's made it pretty clear how he feels about DADT. So where was he today? According to his spokesperson, he couldn't be present because he had “planned a holiday gathering over a year ago with all their children and grandchildren as they will not all be together on Christmas Day.” The rep adds: “While he regrets missing the votes, it was a family obligation that he just could not break. However, he has been clear on where he stands on the issues."
Complete list of how the senators voted, AFTER THE JUMP.