Thursday, May 27, 2010

Today on the Signorile Show

Today could potentially be the first day in the legislative repeal process of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law -- or rather "conditional future repeal," as one activist called the repeal compromise. Senator Carl Levin, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, has said to expect a vote to come sometime after lunch today. He has also agreed to a request by Senator John McCain to let the hearings be in an "open session," which is very rare. McCain has also said he plans to filibuster any attempt to get repeal of DADT in the Defense Authorization Bill, say "I'm going to do everything I can to support the men and women of the military and to fight what is clearly a political agenda." While McCain has made his decision to filibuster, we have now gotten word that Senator Robert Byrd, will support the compromise to repeal DADT. However, Byrd's support came with a price. According to Firedog Lake, "Byrd added additional language to the Lieberman amendment, which is now assured passage in the Senate Armed Services Committee, which adds a 60-day review period to the release of the Pentagon study on implementation." We continue to ask that you keep pressure on Washington and call your Representatives and Senators to support the repeal process: 202-224-3121.

It's DAY 37 since the leak in the Gulf and while we wait results from project "Top Kill," further reports are showing that BP known of problems with the current oil well and had "for financial reasons" used riskier methods to plug this leak. Today, the president is scheduled to hold a press conference regarding the clean up effort of the Gulf coast and debunk the Republican's claims that this is his Katrina, a talking point the GOP has been pushing. As poor as the administrations response has been, can we go as far as to say this is his Katrina? We'll discuss today.

Guest / 4:30pm EST - Kim Severson, author of Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life, joins us this afternoon to tell the story of how eight renowned female cooks taught her the lessons that guided her to sobriety, fulfillment and joy.

The fight for marriage equality continues, where in Boston, "A lawyer for the state attorney general’s office urged a judge yesterday to strike down the 1996 federal law that defines marriage as a union exclusively between a man and woman, marking the second time this month the judge has heard arguments over whether the statute is constitutional." We'll talk about the details of this trial this afternoon.

Are you aware of all the toxic things in your home? A story in the New York Times yesterday focuses on the new idea of detoxing your home from all the pollutants that could be potentially fatal. We'll go through today this idea of a Domestic Detox.

We'll go through some listener survey's this afternoon, so call in if you feel the same way!

And, Mike will be leaving for vacation tomorrow, so we'll be doing our "Angel, Turkey, Gassie and Climax of the Week" this afternoon!

These stories and so much more, today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show!

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