Thursday, October 21, 2010

Today on the Signorile Show

"Don't ask, don't tell" has been brought back from the dead, thanks to the Obama administration expected appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for a stay of federal Judge Virginia Phillips' ruling. But the stay, interestingly, is temporary, pending the court's decision on whether or not it should be extended throughout the appeals process, into next year. We'll go through the details.

Olson vs. Jarrett: White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, meanwhile, claims people "don't understand" the process and that the administration must appeal the DADT ruling, but Ted Olson, former Bush solicitor general begs to differ, saying it "would be appropriate" for Obama to decline to appeal.

Efforts to prosecute Blackwater are collapsing.

Guest / 3:30pm EST - Last week, we were introduced to Joel Burns, councilman from Fort Worth, Texas, who shared his story of growing up and coming out during a public meeting in the wake of the teen suicides that had happened across the country. He joins us this afternoon to talk about the reaction he's received from his version of an "It's Get Better" video.

Guest / 4:30pm EST - Gideon Rose, author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight The Last Battle, A History of American Intervention From WWI to Afghanistan, that when a president and his generals plan for a war, they never plan for a stable postwar environment, which then ends up costing more in lives and funding. He joins us this afternoon to talk about his new book.

NPR has fired Juan Williams because of bigoted remarks he made about Muslims while on Fox News. We'll take your calls. Should he have been given the boot?

Yet another ugly cave-in to the right: The White House has rejected an openly gay judicial nominee because he preferred "Happy Holidays" over "Merry Christmas!"

Fivethirtyeight's Nate Silver is giving the Republicans a chilling 75% chance of taking the house this fall, as we discuss the realities of a House controlled by the GOP and warn you that you'd better get out and vote.

All these stories and so much more, today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show.

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