CNN Political Ticker

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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