Let Me Start: Ending the ban

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 22:  Members of Scouts for Equality hold a rally to call for equality and inclusion for gays in the Boy Scouts of America as part of the...
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 22: Members of Scouts for Equality hold a rally to call for equality and inclusion for gays in the Boy Scouts of America as part of the...
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The Boy Scouts of America voted to end their ban on gay scouts. But they maintained their ban on gay scout leaders. The decision to allow gay scouts came after years of debate, and it starts to put the Scouts more in line with general public opinion, which has shifted quickly and dramatically to accept homosexuality.

President Obama will address the graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy as cases of sex abuse skyrocket in all branches of the military. White House officials say the president will address the epidemic of abuse.

In his major speech yesterday on terrorism, President Obama vowed the end of the perpetual war on terror, a war he said was unsustainable for democracy.

President Obama defied his critics in nominating the State Department official who had a key role editing the Benghazi talking points to a high-ranking position. Obama nominated Victoria Nuland to be assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs.

Meanwhile the official at the heart of the IRS scandal has been suspended. Lois Lerner, who refused to testify before a Congressional panel this week, has been placed on administrative leave.

It’s no surprise that Hillary Clinton is the Democrats’ pick to win the 2016 Iowa caucuses, but look who’s leading among the Republicans…

Finally, President Obama will once again team up with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie along the Jersey Shore. In the days before the election, Obama’s appearance touring the damage from Hurricane Sandy with the Republican governor burnished the president’s bipartisan bonafides, while some Republicans were angered at Christie for praising the president’s efforts.

Let Me Start: Ending the ban

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