Marine official: I don't support 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal
December 3rd, 2010
09:40 AM ET

Marine official: I don't support 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

[Updated at 9:40 a.m.] Top Air Force officer tells Congress Air Force can accommodate repeal but disagrees with military report that short term risk on fighting in Afghanistan would be low.

Gen. Norton Scwhartz recommends delaying full implementation until 2012 to avoid impact on combat.

[Updated at 9:39 a.m.] Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos told the Senate Armed Services Committee Friday that he does not support a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

[Posted at 9:35 a.m.] There is "strong potential for disruption at the small unit level" of combat units if the "don't ask, don't tell" policy is repealed, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos told the Senate Armed Services Committee Friday.

Allowing openly gay and lesbian Marines to serve would "no doubt divert leadership attention away from an almost singular focus of preparing units for combat."

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On the Radar: WikiLeaks and Assange; don't ask, don't tell; debt-slashing
December 3rd, 2010
09:25 AM ET

On the Radar: WikiLeaks and Assange; don't ask, don't tell; debt-slashing

WikiLeaks - A U.S.-based domain name provider shut down WikiLeaks early Friday, but the controversial website announced hours later that it had employed a company in Switzerland and was back up.

"WikiLeaks moves to Switzerland," the company said on its Twitter page about 4 a.m. ET. The tweet also provided WikiLeaks' new Web address. U.S.-based domain provider EveryDNS.net shut down WikiLeaks' old Web address early Friday. The company announced that it had to cut its relationship with WikiLeaks because the site had received multiple cyber attacks.

Today we'll be taking a look at the James Bond-esque bunker where WikiLeaks files are kept, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his own words, and what he has to say about the latest document dump when he takes questions from readers from the UK's Guardian.

Don't ask, don't tell - Leaders of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and the Coast Guard are expected to speak Friday as the Senate Armed Services Committee holds its second day of hearings on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

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Jobs numbers dissapoint
December 3rd, 2010
08:41 AM ET

Jobs numbers dissapoint

39,000 jobs were added to the economy in November - the worst number since September, government says.

That marks a major slowdown from October, when the economy added an upwardly revised 172,000 jobs. Unemployment rose in November to 9.8% from 9.6% and stock futures turned lower.

The numbers are a huge disappointment, considering economists surveyed by CNNMoney.com expect a similar gain for November - they're predicting 150,000 jobs were added to payrolls during the month. Bernard Baumohl, chief economist of the Economic Outlook Group,was more bullish, having predicted another 235,000 added in November.

"There's a general realization among businesses that the economic recovery is real, and that since so many of them have cut so sharply, there is now a rush to hire the most skilled workers at this point," Baumohl said before the report came out.

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December 3rd, 2010
07:20 AM ET

Friday's live video events

9:00 am ET - 'Don't ask, don't tell' hearing - The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a second day of hearings on the Pentagon review of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

9:30 am ET - Debt commission vote - President Obama’s bipartisan debt commission will vote on whether to send a series of proposed spending cuts to Congress.  A news conference is expected following the vote.

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World update: U.S. ambassador criticized Karzai
December 3rd, 2010
06:46 AM ET

World update: U.S. ambassador criticized Karzai

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Friday:

WikiLeaks latest - The latest WikiLeaks leaks are focused on the UK military’s role in Afghanistan and criticism levelled against it.  Cables from the U.S. ambassador in Kabul portray Afghan President Hamid Karzai as paranoid, with an "inability to grasp the most rudimentary principles of state-building."  Meanwhile, a U.S.-based domain name provider shut down WikiLeaks early Friday, but the controversial website announced hours later that it had employed a company in Switzerland and was back up. Read the full story

Ivory Coast election - The Army closed all borders in the Ivory Coast as a security precaution as the country waited Friday to get a resolution to its stalled presidential election. Read the full story

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