Thursday, November 18, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama have committed to getting a vote on don't ask, don't tell in the lame duck session, the best news we've had in a long time. But now the problem is time. The study by the Pentagon won't be released until December 1, but the Senate is planning to recess by the 10th for the holidays. Is there enough time? We'll get into it.

Yesterday we told you about the first openly transgender judged elected in any state, Victoria Kolakowski in California. Now Houston's openly lesbian Mayor Annise Parker has appointed the first openly transgender judge in Texas history. Evangelicals hardliners, predictably, are up in arms. We'll tell you about it.

Guest / 3:30pm EST - The Advocates Kerry Eleveld joins us this afternoon to discuss whether or not the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal will be decided before the Lame Duck Session ends on December 10.

Guests / 4:30pm EST - We've all seen magicians and wondered "How'd they do that?!" But have you ever wondered how your brain perceives these tricks? Neuroscience experts Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, authors of Sleights Of Mind: What The Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions, join us to explain the effects of magical manipulation have on our minds.

Republicans are attacking President Obama's plan to try terrorism detainees in civilian courts by using the case of Ahmed Ghailani, who was acquitted yesterday of most charges, though will likely spend his life in jail. But, as Glenn Greenwald points out, the reason he was acquitted was because Bush/Cheney torture policies, not because of civilian courts or Obama.

One man takes on the cast of The A-List New York on Logo for doing an It Gets Better video because they "are the bullies." We'll ask your thoughts.

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