December 8th, 2010
09:27 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Negotiations on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, we have breaking news from Capitol Hill on the negotiations to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." A procedural vote was postponed tonight so Democrats could get more Republican support.

Can Democrats get more GOP support? We'll talk it over with CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash, Democratic Strategist Paul Begala and Nancy Pfotenhauer, who is a former senior adviser to the McCain 2008 presidential campaign.

Also on Capitol Hill, Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky will be the new chairman of the Congressional committee that decides how tax dollars.

But Keeping them Honest, he’s being called one of the biggest money-wasters in Congress. Rogers has earned the title "Prince of Pork" because of earmarks he's pushed through worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

As you might suspect, some of those who've been railing against government pork are now happy with Roger's new job title.

And, in crime and punishment, there are new developments on the legal fight facing polygamist leader Warren Jeffs. The self-proclaimed prophet was in a Texas courtroom today asking a judge to delay his bigamy and sexual assault case. The judge denied that request.

The charges are linked to that raid two years ago on the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado, Texas. 400 children were removed from the ranch. Authorities feared some of the children had been sexually abused.

Most of the children returned to the ranch, but some of them men - including Jeffs - were charged with various crimes.

360's Gary Tuchman confronted Jeffs outside the courtroom today. Don't miss his report.

Join us for more on this story and tonight's other big stories at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Carlos Fernandez

    Good evening Mr. Anderson. As a former Staff Sergent I will say the following. I agree and support equality and equal rights for all. But I will ask this...If passed, a soldier comes to the Commander and says..."Sir, I want to quit the Military because I joined this institution because I wouldn't see this type of behaviior"...What can that Commander do about that?

    December 9, 2010 at 2:40 am |
  2. G. Nocant

    Hi, keep up the good work may God bless you everyday.

    December 9, 2010 at 1:44 am |
  3. Toni

    Why can't the democrats & republicans get along? How hard is this to run a country that is how LONG??????????

    December 8, 2010 at 11:52 pm |
  4. Bob Rucker

    The GOP argument of not letting gays serve at a time of war is insulting to both the individuals and the military. Either the Pentagon fully trains field troops,and carefully screen out all potential problems, or they don't. In the 1940s, many more military commanders objected to Truman intergrating the military, but he had guts and stood up to those bigots. In 2010, it's time for Congress to just say no to closed-minded politicians afraid to do what is morally right.

    December 8, 2010 at 11:32 pm |
  5. joyce hedger

    I could care less if our troops are gays or lesbians. What I do care about is all of the ancient "old" men who are making rules for the rest of us. They are wealthy, power hungry, and out of touch with reality. And so many have been found to be liars and cheaters!! We truely need to change the rules and have term limits.

    December 8, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
  6. Dana

    Would everyone just grow up, accept gay individuals and get on with their own lives. "live and let live."

    December 8, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
  7. alan yost

    I am currently in the army and i dont mind if gays are in the army but they should dont voice they are gay because it brings up a logistical issue. If one soldier vocies he or she is gay and another soldier does not like that you get into the proplem of rooming and showering. Than you would need stuff like 4 differant showers, one for gay men one for straigh men one for gay women and one for straight woman. Than there is the issue about rooming. It is a black hole that the army is not ready to get into

    December 8, 2010 at 11:18 pm |
  8. Kelly, PA

    I love the Ridiculist!!! Every night Anderson gets funnier.. I love his sense of humor!

    December 8, 2010 at 10:58 pm |
  9. Henry

    I think they buying time again! Anderson, pls. keep 'em honest!

    December 8, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  10. regina- miami, fl

    ...the opponents say it's not a good time to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell" because we are at war(s)... They say the economic situation DEMANDS an extension of tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans...
    They say the government cannot presently afford health care for all....
    when, pray tell, will that perfect moment arrive?!
    what part of "you don't get a different result by repeating the same choices" don't we understand?

    December 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  11. Beverly

    This is all a lot of bull...People with money coming out of their ears, dictating how the lower class should live on the measley money that the big-wigs think we should exist on.
    No such thing as middle class anymore. Who knows what average worker is making 250,000.00? It just irks me that it is always being said that we are at war, (we are not) we are in a war, and not of our choosing.

    December 8, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  12. John Gregory

    For the sake of efficiency Taxes should be passed, START should pass and DADT should be repealed before the new Congress is installed simply if for nothing else to have those familiar with the legislation vote on it so we don't have to wait until the new members – and there are a lot who haven't been in government before – get up to speed on the issues and the whims and curves of how the government works.

    December 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  13. Annie Kate

    If Hal Rogers is the prince of pork then why are the people who rail against earmarks happy with his appointment – to me it sounds like the worst person that could have been picked. And by the way, who is the King of Pork?

    Gary back covering Warren Jeffs.....Jeffs is like the proverbial bad penny; he just keeps showing up. I hope the charges against him are proved and he goes back to prison for a very long time.

    December 8, 2010 at 9:37 pm |