Breaking: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal Blocked By Senate Republicans

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Lady Gaga was unable to convince the Maine senators: a Republican filibuster threat meant the Senate didn't vote on the defense authorization bill that would repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Democrats got 56 votes, four short of the needed 60.

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I mean, I know they were 4 short and not 2 short, but Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins (as well as other so-called moderates) are absolutely insufferable to me. They play games with the Democrats, and hmm and haw about crossing the line, and a lot of times they're just Lucy-Van-Pelting the football. Or sometimes they make demands to water down a bill so they'll vote for it *coughSnowecoughhealthcare*...and they so often get put up on a pedestal by Dems as these bastions of tolerance and compromise and working together when that's not really what they seem to be about at all.