Archive for September 20, 2011


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Washington (CNN) — The reactions range from gloom-and-doom predictions to big countdown parties and smaller celebrations to ho-hum business-as-usual as the U.S. military changes its rules Tuesday and allows gay men and lesbians to serve openly.

A minute into the new day, 12:01 a.m., the old “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule that has been in force since the Clinton administration is gone.

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(CNN) — Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer joins CNN as a political contributor, the network announced today.

Fleischer, who served as President George W. Bush’s chief spokesman for three years, will offer commentary and analysis across the network as the nation enters the 2012 presidential campaign season.

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(CNN) — The author of a scathing book about Sarah Palin defended himself Monday against blistering criticism, claiming the former Republican vice presidential candidate and her family “march right up to the border of inciting violence” to protect their image.

“The Palins have intimidated so many people for so long in the Wasilla (Alaska) area that it’s very hard to find people willing to talk about them,” said Joe McGinniss, referring to the Palins’ hometown, where he rented a house last summer. “They scare people. They threaten people.”

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(CNN) — Rick Perry Tuesday jumped directly into the battle over possible statehood for Palestinians, slamming President Barack Obama for his policy toward Israel and how he’s handled the Mideast peace process.

“The Obama policy of moral equivalency, which gives equal standing to the grievances of Israelis and Palestinians, including the orchestrators of terrorism, is a dangerous insult. There is no middle ground between our allies and those who seek their destruction,” said the Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate, as he went before cameras about 25 blocks from the United Nations, where the Palestinian Authority this week will seek formal recognition of statehood by the United Nations General Assembly.

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