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SLDN National Dinner Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are now on sale for UNITE, SLDN's 16th annual national dinner and silent auction. Tickets - from $250 to $1000 - can be purchased via our website by clicking here. The 2008 dinner will be held on Saturday, March 8 @ The National Building Museum in downtown Washington, D.C. The silent auction kicks off at 6:30pm, and dinner starts at 7:30. Stay tuned to Frontlines for more information on our 2008 line-up of speakers . . . but mark your calendars now (and get your tickets online) for this amazing gathering of veterans, activists and supporters from around the country. To RSVP and purchase your tickets for UNITE, click here.

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“A Tough, No Non-Sense Guy”

. . . that's how News Hounds (motto: We watch FOX so you don't have to) describes Brigadier General Keith Kerr's appearance last night on The O'Reilly Factor. General Kerr appeared on O'Reilly following his much-publicized question at last week's CNN/YouTube Republican Debate. And by all accounts, the General reminded O'Reilly how he earned his stars. "O'Reilly tried to keep pushing the same angle but realized he had nothing to spin" after Kerr succinctly and clearly answered all of the host's questions, News Hounds says. And the FOX watchdog concludes by noting that, "Keith Kerr is obviously a very tough no nonsense guy and BOR knew that he wouldn't fall for the usual manipulative interview techniques." We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Well done, General. All of us working for repeal salute you for another outstanding appearance. - Steve Ralls

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Obama Endorses MREA

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), a candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, has said that as commander-in-chief he will press Congress to pass The Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." All this week, candidates responded to a question from the Human Rights Campaign about how, as president, they would work to repeal the law. Senator Obama said, in part, that "As president, I will work with Congress and place the weight of my administration behind enactment of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which will make nondiscrimination the official policy of the U.S. military. I will task the Defense Department and the senior command structure in every branch of the armed forces with developing an action plan for the implementation of a full repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.' And I will direct my Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security to develop procedures for taking re-accession requests from those qualified service members who were separated from the armed forces under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and still want to serve their country." Obama's statement is a strong stance in favor of our men and women in uniform, and welcome news. You can read the other candidates' responses at HRC Back Story. - Steve Ralls

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Programming Notes

Tonight's NBC Nightly News will feature a story about the 14th anniversary of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and the 12,000 Flags for 12,000 Patriots exhibit on the National Mall. NBC's story will also feature an interview with SLDN communications associate, and former Navy linguist, Jason Knight. And on Monday, Brigadier General Keith Kerr, a member of SLDN's military advisory council, will appear on The O'Reilly Factor to talk about his work to lift the ban. Be sure to tune in . . .

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The General is Back

When CNN announced earlier this week that it had removed Brigadier General Keith Kerr's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" question from re-broadcasts of the CNN/YouTube Republican debate, SLDN partnered with our friends at GLAAD to reach out to the network and ask that they re-insert the question. As we've pointed out, there was no reason to remove General Kerr's question from future broadcasts of the debate, as the controversy surrounding the question was unfounded. CNN, representatives at SLDN and GLAAD told the network, should not be in the business of editing news and should not deprive viewers from the important opportunity to see the candidates debate this issue. Late last night, we received word that the network will include the questions in re-broadcasts, which begin airing on CNN today. SLDN applauds CNN for doing the right thing, and salutes our colleagues at GLAAD, especially national news director Cindi Creager, for their critical help in making this victory possible. - Steve Ralls

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