Eve Conant

Stories by Eve Conant

  • Charges Against Gay Activists Dropped

    After criminal charges were dropped today against gay military members Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. James Pietrangelo, Choi alleged that the government was "embarrassed."
  • Conservative Pundits, Lawmakers Split Over McChrystal Resignation

    Conservative pundits have been critical of Gen. Stanley McChrystal for talking trash about the administration to a Rolling Stone reporter, but many are arguing that Obama shouldn’t have accepted the general’s resignation, and that in fact it’s Obama’s poor judgment that started the mess.
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    A Climate of Uncertainty for Gay Rights

    Within the gay-rights movement this year, there have been gains both large and small: hospital visitation rights, the passage of hate-crime legislation, congressional votes that could repeal the military ban on openly gay soldiers. So why are so many activists concerned?
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    California's Gay-Marriage Trial Wraps Up

    After months of legal wrangling, closing arguments are being heard Wednesday in California’s landmark gay-marriage trial, Perry v. Schwarzenegger.
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    'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal: A Possible Timeline

    Last month marked the beginning of the end for the military's policy on gay servicemembers. But when will the ban be repealed, and how exactly will life change for gay soldiers currently serving, or for those wishing to serve?
  • GOP Candidate: Tent Camps for Illegal Immigrants

    It's hard to imagine that the immigration debate in Arizona could get more extreme, but it did this week when Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin, a Republican candidate for governor, suggested Tuesday that the state could build tent cities to house what could be a vastly rising number of illegal immigrants arrested under the state's new immigration law.
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    Right Wing: Brewer-Obama Summit a Fence to Nowhere

    If Arizona watchers were hoping for news or progress from today's meeting of President Obama and Gov. Jan Brewer to discuss the state's new immigration law, they will be sorely disappointed. Conservative news outlets were particularly nonplused.
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    Activists Embark on Hunger Strike

    Many gay advocates were celebrating the votes, but concerns remain. Lt. Dan Choi and Captain Jim Pietrangelo began what could potentially be a lengthy hunger strike and have three demands for President Obama.
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    Next Steps for 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' Repeal

    We now know that a repeal of "don’t ask, don’t tell" will be inserted into the defense authorization bill, which will be due for a vote in late June or early July. That step was a huge victory, but there are many hurdles still facing the repeal.
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    Conservative Bloggers on the Attack

    Even before Obama spoke at a press conference today, conservative bloggers were on the attack. Why? Because Obama hasn’t given any press conferences since last summer, nearly 10 months ago.
  • Will McCain Block DADT Repeal?

    Gay-rights advocates are not yet celebrating what—by all indications—appears to be imminent action on the Hill to move toward a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” ...
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    DADT: The Evolution of Robert Byrd

    One of the longest serving members in congressional history—and an unlikely civil-rights advocate—has thrown his support behind the effort to repeal "don’t ask, don’t tell," which is expected to come to crucial votes in both the House and Senate shortly.
  • Will the Justice Department Sue Arizona or Not?

    Law-enforcement officers from cities in Arizona and a half dozen states met today with Attorney General Eric Holder in an hourlong, closed-door meeting to share their frustration with the new Arizona immigration law, saying it will make their jobs more difficult and even increase crime.
  • Left and Right Unhappy with DADT Compromise

    Conservative and family-values organizations have launched into what may be a desperate and doomed campaign to turn back a breakthrough compromise on repealing "don't ask, don't tell," which has kept gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military for some 17 years. The Obama administration has publicly approved the compromise, and lawmakers could vote on the repeal as early as this week. But criticism is also coming from some leading advocates of repeal.
  • White House Supports 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Deal

    President Obama has agreed to a compromise between lawmakers and the Defense Department that will help pave the way for the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the military's 17-year-old ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the armed forces.  ...
  • A Green Light to Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    Gay-rights advocates held two concurrent meetings Monday at the White House and on Capitol Hill to hash out a compromise on repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, The Advocate is reporting. ...
  • Rand Paul Fires Back: He's Being 'Trashed Up and Down' by 'Democratic Talking Points'

    Rand Paul is making the rounds of talk shows trying to dial back the media storm over his Civil Rights Act PR fiasco, and even dad Ron Paul has weighed in to defend him, arguing that liberals are jealous of his son’s political future. On Thursday Rand Paul told CNN he would have voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, despite earlier saying he had misgivings about extending a ban on discrimination to private businesses. This morning he told George Stephanopoulos that the criticism over his comments were just "Democratic talking points" and “red herrings” by opponents trying to “trash” his campaign. “"When does my honeymoon period start? I had a big victory,” he complained to Stephanopoulos. He's even added another talking point to the media frenzy, criticizing President Obama's handling of the BP oil spill. "What I don't like from the president's administration is this sort of, 'I'll put my boot heel on the throat of BP,' " Paul told Stephanopoulos....
  • Gay Rights a Flashpoint in Kagan Confirmation

    Even before President Obama officially announced Elena Kagan as his Supreme Court pick, gay-rights advocates were celebrating and conservatives were grumbling. President of the Human Rights Campaign Joe Solomonese applauded the leaked decision, saying, “We are confident that Elena Kagan has a demonstrated understanding and commitment to protecting the liberty and equality of all Americans, including [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] Americans.” There is one place where Kagan has demonstrated that LGBT commitment most, and that is at Harvard, where she was the first female dean of its esteemed law school. The war in Iraq, which started shortly before her 2003 appointment, would soon lead to massive recruiting efforts by the U.S. military, but Kagan was opposed to military recruitment on campus because of the armed forces’ policy against allowing gays and lesbians to serve their country openly, calling it “a profound wrong—a moral injustice of the first order.” Gay advocates...
  • Right Wing: NEWSWEEK's Guide to Conservative Talking Points on the Oil Spill

     The headline of a recent National Review Online editorial tells it simply: “Yes, Keep Drilling.” Why? Here is a rundown of some conservative talking points on why Americans might want to drop the "drill, baby, drill" motto—it doesn't sound so good now—but should drill on anyway.Oil remains our most cost-effective source of transportation fuel. "Others already have observed, correctly, that the risks involved in drilling off the coast of the United States are small in proportion to those involved in shipping oil across the ocean or drilling off the coasts of countries that do not treat safety and environmental standards with our own degree of care," write the National Review editors.Alternatives proposed by environmentalists may be just as costly, if not more, than the BP cleanup. "Consider the cost of cap-and-trade legislation, for instance. It's hard to know what the economic damages of this spill will be, but even if they exceed the estimated $7...