'Don't ask, don't tell' vote – The outcome is too close to call for a key Senate vote Tuesday on whether to begin debate on legislation that includes a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The vote comes a day after pop star Lady Gaga spoke at a rally in Maine to pressure the state's two Republican senators – Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins – to join Democrats in overcoming an expected filibuster attempt.
Republicans appear united against the measure, including some GOP senators who favor lifting the Pentagon's requirement that gays and lesbians keep their sexuality a secret. The Republican opponents are upset that Democratic leaders have so far refused to allow GOP amendments to the broader National Defense Authorization Act that includes the "don't ask, don't tell" provision.
Iran's president at U.N. - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is among the world leaders scheduled to speak Tuesday at a United Nations summit on global goals to fight poverty, hunger and disease.
Government leaders and heads of state are discussing the Millennium Development Goals, which were agreed to a decade ago. The goals have a deadline of 2015 and include a target for halving extreme poverty. Ahmadinejad is on a public relations offensive this week in New York, addressing the session on world poverty, giving interviews, and speaking Thursday in the assembly's general debate.
Afghanistan chopper crash - Nine American service members died in a helicopter crash Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, where an international coalition has stepped up efforts against the Taliban, according to a Western defense source.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity when revealing the nationalities of the nine, who've added to the grim toll for Operation Enduring Freedom. According to a CNN tally last updated Monday, 517 coalition troops have been killed in Afghanistan this year, including 341 Americans.