Reaction To The End of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
On Saturday, the Senate voted to overturn the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy. The House already approved the bill late last week and President Obama is expected to sign it into law this week, though the changes won't take effect for months. Many opinion writers welcome the end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' as a great victory for civil rights, while others argue that congress is moving too fast and too soon. Host Neal Conan rounds-up a selection of opinion pieces and asks listeners to report on the reaction to the ruling where they live.
Opinion Page: The Tax Compromise
On Friday, the president signed into law the compromise tax bill that extends both the Bush-era tax cuts and unemployment benefits. This, despite the opposition of many congressional Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sander's (I-VT) 8-1/2 hour speech arguing that the deal will increase the debt and give huge breaks to wealthy Americans. Sen. Sanders joined host Neal Conan last Thursday. Washington Post op-ed columnist Michael Gerson responds that the liberal view is too simplistic. On this week's Opinion Page, Neal Conan talks with Gerson about, "the economic debate we should be having."
Biracial or Black: Choosing An Identity
A new study shows that most people who are biracial self-identify as "biracial," but in many instances, multi-ethnic Americans change the way they self-identify depending on who they're talking with. The study was published earlier this month in Social Psychology Quarterly. Neal Conan talks with the lead researcher about how many multi-ethnic people self-identify and why.
The DREAM Act Fades
The DREAM Act died in the Senate on Saturday, ending the latest round of efforts to overhaul American immigration law. The bill would open a path to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants but was defeated after five Democrats joined a majority of Republicans to block it. Neal Conan speaks with advocates for and against the DREAM act about what happens next.