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+Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is in a lot of trouble. A LOT of trouble.
+Wisconsin students organize a walk out to oppose cuts to teachers’ unions.
+ President Obama to ask Party Chairman Tim Kaine to reconsider a run for Jim Webb’s Senate seat.
+Texas State Senator doesn’t think seeing a sonogram is enough for women who seek abortions, he wants doctors to describe what they see in the image.
+Representative Michael Honda says all babies born in the United States are American citizens. Even Communist babies.
+Press Secretary Robert Gibbs goes out in style with Bundt cake and champagne.
+In case you somehow missed it, Lady Gaga on the Grammys.
Today, the White House announced that the Obama administration has lifted travel, remittance, mail and business restrictions relating to the Communist nation of Cuba. This also means that Cuban-Americans will now be able to visit relatives and loved ones in their homeland.
According to ABC News (Jake Tapper reporting), the Obama administration will also “take steps to enhance the flow of information by allowing U.S. telecommunications networks to link the U.S. and Cuba; and will allow an expansion of humanitarian items that can be sent to the island.” This is overall good news. Bush put restrictions on flow of Americans and products between Cuba in 2004 in hopes that the country’s leader, Fidel Castro (pictured above) would cave into our requests. However, this never happened. Meanwhile, living conditions in Cuba got worse.
My good friend’s mother is from Cuba. She was scared to visit family in Cuba because she was concerned that her passport would be taken away in Cuba and would not be able to return to America. I talked to her recently, and she feels better about going to Cuba. She stressed the fact that now that humanitarian items are allowed to be shipped to the Cubans, conditions there will improve. She said she may even take a trip there in the near future despite her lingering concerns.
In a related story, Chuck Todd, NBC News’ Political Director, had a little bit of a back and forth with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs because of the fact that Gibbs delivered the news instead of President Obama. Todd felt that this kind of message should’ve come from the President who was in his White House office. Watch the video clip here.
In a video response to a question on Change.gov, White House Press Secretary-designate Robert Gibbs announced that Obama will end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and allow gays to serve openly in the military:
Thadeus from Michigan: Is the new administration going to get rid of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy?
Robert Gibbs: Thadeus, you don’t hear a politician give a one-word answer much, but it’s yes.
The policy, which had been in effect since 1993 when Clinton agreed to it as a compromise measure, prohibited those who “demonstrate(s) a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts” from serving in the military. Â While Obama said during the campaign that he wanted to end the policy, he was seen by some as backpedaling in recent months, as Obama said he might not be able to end the policy until 2010, and only after he consulted generals, etc.
Especially given the current strains our military is under, I can’t imagine anything stupider than discharging perfectly qualified and honorable soldiers for their sexual orientation.
Unfortunately, the crazy idea of giving rights to gays is still controversial in this country. Â I applaud Obama for his courage and consistency on this issue. Â It’s things like this that remind me of why I was an Obama supporter all along.