Barack Obama signs the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell into law
Tomorrow: 1st Lt. Josh Seefried and 1st Lt. Karl Johnson on the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Seefried blogged under the pseudonym JD Smith (for The Daily Beast) and Johnson wrote under the pseudonym Officer X (for Time) before DADT was repealed. Seefried is one of the co creators of OutServe.
Happy anniversary, Hillary and Bill!
Here’s Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton on their wedding day, October 11, 1975. Fayetteville, Arkansas.
More than 170 people have been killed in Sana’a, Yemen this week in dramatic and costly clashes with government forces. Just this morning, soldiers opened fire as a crowd of roughly ten thousand marched in the capital chanting: “Freedom! Freedom! The people want the butcher tried!” One protester riding atop a minivan with a megaphone was shot in the head and killed. In Taiz, the second-largest city, three more were killed and one wounded in more clashes. On Saturday, 17 protesters were killed when government forces stormed the main opposition camp in Sana’a.
Late on Saturday, the 15 nations of the Security Council renewed their call to end the violence in Yemen, asking all sides to “reject violence, including against peaceful and unarmed civilians, and show maximum restraint.”
This morning I started a brand new Twitter list for keeping up to date with Yemen, you can follow it here. And feel free to suggest Twitterers to add to the list.
Women encouraged to run for public office: As the number of elected females falls, a boot camp in West Hollywood provides information and moral support for would-be candidates.
Photo: Serena Josel, center, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood LA, and Rachel Michelin, right, of California Women Lead, listen to Lindsay Bubar, president, NWPC-Westside, speak at a seminar for women considering running for office. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times
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President George W. Bush was informed by his chief of staff Andrew Card of the attacks on the World Trade Center during a school reading event in Sarasota, Florida.
Ten years later, one of the kids who was there in that class, Chantal Guerrero, told Time magazine that to this day she’s grateful that Bush — obviously profoundly upset about something that Card had told him — maintained his composure and stayed with the students until the book they were reading, The Pet Goat, was finished. “I think the President was trying to keep us from finding out,” Guerrero said, “so we all wouldn’t freak out.”
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A sense of calm pervaded the downtown area near New York’s East River on Sunday morning, as residents emerged from their homes to inspect the damage caused by Hurricane Irene more with curiosity than with anxiety.
Photo: Emily Santiago, right, Sasha Williams, center, and Burton Chirinos wade through the water on South Street in Lower Manhattan. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times
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Libya: The International Response
- This is the list of countries that currently recognizes the NTC: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Palestinian Authority, Panama, Portugal, Qatar, Senegal, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States. /Al Jazeera Live Feed
- China has not recognized the NTC, but essentially sends its best wishes, saying: “We have always attached significance to the important role of the National Transitional Council in solving Libya’s problems, and maintain contact with it.”/BBC Live Feed
- Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev has said that they would consider formal relations if the NTC proves that they can provide a “new democratic start.”/Reuters
- The European Union is working to unfreeze Libyan assets and remove sanctions, and is pursuing a UN resolution in the initial stages to do so./Al Jazeera Live Feed
- The US is also working to unfreeze the Libyan assets they hold./US Dept of State
- NATO’s Admiral Giampaola di Paolo says that “ the game is not over yet. Therefore we will continue the mission to uphold the UN resolution” And also that ”there may be other boots on the ground, but not Nato.” /BBC Live Feed
- NATO, which has been striking in and around Tripoli today, also says that it is not their job to find Gaddhafi. /BBC Live Feed
Photo: Libyan children celebrate in Janzour. Photo Credit: Ismail Zitouny/Reuters