March 25th, 2010
09:28 AM ET

On the Radar: Don't ask, don't tell; health care

Protesters in Washington rally for a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Tuesday:

Don't ask, don't tell - Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday announced changes that would ease the Defense Department's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which prohibits gays from serving openly in the military.

Health care debate - The health care debate pushes forward today with several key events, stories and angles.

1. What it means to you - Our team of political and medical reporters is taking your questions about the health care bill and will try to give some clarity about what the bill means to you, when it will impact you and other questions surrounding the bill. Check our continuously developing health care FAQ page for the latest answers to your questions

2. Senate debate - The Senate plans to continue debating a package of changes Thursday that the House made to the Senate's health care overhaul bill. The bill became law this week, but the House added several changes that it hopes to make. The Senate must approve those changes for them to become law. Republicans are using the debate on those changes as an opportunity to try to scuttle the bill. They have not been successful so far, though they prevailed on two points - one being related to Medicare. That limited success means the House must vote again on the package of changes. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is to meet with reporters at 11 a.m. ET.

3. Democrats receiving threats - We're continuing to follow the story regarding a spate of threats and vandalism against Democratic congressional leaders after the health care vote. On Wednesday, Democrats demanded Republicans join them in condemning the threats.

4. Obama hits the road to sell health care - Consider him your presidential door-to-door salesman - and he's coming to sell you his health care plan. Like he did in the days leading up to the key health care vote, President Obama is traveling to Iowa on Thursday to talk up what he sees as the benefits of the health care reform bill in the face of polls showing a discontent among Americans over the legislation. Obama is scheduled to speak in Iowa at 2 p.m. ET. A White House statement says the president will "discuss how health insurance reform will lower costs for small businesses and American families and give them more control over their health care."

5. Stupak fallout - Rep. Bart Stupak is taking heat from the left and right. Three days after a major anti-abortion group took back its "Defender of Life" award from the Michigan Democrat over his support for the health care bill, the nation's leading abortion rights groups announced Wednesday that it is backing Stupak's primary election challenger because Stupak helped delay the legislation for months.

Tiger Woods and the Masters - People may not like Tiger Woods right now, but they still want him to win the Masters. Nearly 60 percent of those who answered a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey said they wanted the embattled golfer to win the event at Georgia's Augusta National course, which would be his fifth victory there.

Catholic Church abuse - We continue to follow the global story of abuse allegations in the Catholic Church and how much the church and the Pope knew at the time of the alleged abuse. On Thursday, the Vatican said it was unaware of an American priest believed to have molested up to 200 boys until 20 years after civil authorities investigated - then dropped - the case. And a Catholic priest in Ireland apologized Thursday for  his "inadequate" response to complaints that a priest in his diocese had sexually abused children.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Bob

    Question. Why do gays care about being in the military so much? Doesnt seem like their cup of tea,

    March 25, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary Ann

    They have every right to be in the military. They just need to keep their sexuality to themselves, just like I as a heterosexual do.

    March 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DocTgo5

    Seriously Bob...."their cup of tea? Gays just like straights come in all varieties. Obviously you feel they could only bring fashion tips and better hair styles to the military.... Gays in the military care because they are patriotic Americans, just like the straight counterparts they serve with. Perhaps you should do a little research. You might learn that there are many, many gays that do not fit the "effeminate pansy" picture in you mind of what a gay person is. We're all just people Bob....just people....

    March 27, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. p41

    As a former soldier, I believe normal, heterosexual men and women, have the right not to be looked at as a piece of love meat, by homo-sexual people. Lets face it, when a man is attracted to a man, he will "look" upon a man in a lustful way. ( as in a womans case). What we need is a homo-sexual base, with whoom they may co-exist with the regular military. I know it sounds expensive, but have a sense of humor about it, and fund it anyway?! Sara Palin got money for the highway/bridge to nowhere! Give the new homo-sexual military a chance people.

    March 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. don't tell

    "Don't ask Don't tell" worked out really well for the Catholic Church

    March 31, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jackson

    The "Don't ask Don't tell" policy was put in place to protect the homosexual community in the military and to make the work environment more stable. I am in the US Navy and honestly I'm okay with gays joining the military, but i don't want to know if they are gay. There have been numerous times where military members have been beaten because they were gay by other members. IT IS THERE TO PROTECT THEM! I personally think that the gay community shouldn't try to screw with the military's policies because its "discriminating", which it isn't. Bottom line is, this shouldn't pass AT ALL. It is for the protection of the homosexual citizens and shout not be removed.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    Really, you think it protects them? And how's that? This policy has so many people discharged every year, and guess what? Each discharge costs taxpayers dollars! How's that? You have to recruit new people, train them, especially when the homosexual that was unfairly discharged was a specialist in his or her field. And does it protect that straight women who get accussed of lesbianism if they don't oblige a heterosexual male's desire for nonconsuensal sex? And please, don't even bother trying to tell me that it doesn't happen every day.

    April 9, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. dan carlson

    Will my health care benefits paid for by my employer be taxed as income?

    April 10, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |