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Women in Combat Stoke Twitter Debate
The Pentagon’s decision to allow women in combat has elicited some strong and controversial words from opponents of the move. First, Tucker Carlson. Last night, the Daily Caller publisher tweeted: “Feminism’s latest victory: the right to get your limbs blown off in war. Congratulations.” This ...
Election Day 2012: The Voters, The Map And The Math (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter) NOTABLES: ‘THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE’ — LONG NIGHT AHEAD? The first Election Day votes of 2012 came in just after midnight last night — ten of them, anyway. And, as ABC’s Z. Byron Wolf and Elizabeth...
Secret Service Code Names: Rick Santorum is Petrus, Mitt Romney is Javelin, Per Report
GQ reported Monday that the Secret Service code names selected by the top two Republican candidates. Mitt Romney selected the name “Javelin,” while Rick Santorum opted for “Petrus,” which he told reporters while he mingled with a crowd in Illinois Monday night that he selected...
Today’s ‘Truth-Teller’ In New York: A Special Election With National Implications (The Note)
Voters in New York’s 26th Congressional district go to the polls today to pick a new member of Congress, but their choice could say as much about who they want to represent them as it does about the national mood on a major GOP proposal that is already shaping the debate in the Republican ...
With Newt Gingrich Flailing, Search For 2012 Alternatives Intensifies (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE and AMY WALTER That was fast. Hard to believe that it was just one week ago today when Newt Gingrich officially declared his candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. In the space of just seven days,...
The Note: Sunny With A Chance Of Shutdown: What Are The Odds?
By MICHAEL FALCONE and AMY WALTER Even some of the best political prognosticators disagree when it comes to placing bets on a whether Democrats and Republicans will be able to reach a budget deal, averting a government to shut down...
Mehlman to ABC News: “When I Was at the RNC, I Hadn’t Come to Terms With This”
In a phone interview with ABC News, former White House political director, Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign manager and RNC chairman Ken Mehlman confirms that he’s gay, a story first reported earlier this evening by The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder. Why is...
Former RNC Chairman is Gay, Will Support Gay Marriage
ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports: A former chairman of the Republican National Committee and political director for President George W. Bush has told a journalist he is gay. Ken Mehlman was political director in the White House in 2004, when...
Clapper to Be Nominated to Be DNI; Rahm: 'Right Guy, Right Time, Right Skill Set'
ABC News can confirm that President Obama will tomorrow nominate retired General James Clapper to be the White House Director of National Intelligence.