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Moran Pushes For Repeal Of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

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By Megan Hughes

Senators introduced a bill today to repeal the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy and allow gays to openly serve in the military. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) is urging Congress to move fast to make it happen.

For 30 years, retired Navy Captain Joan Darrah from Alexandria served in the military but kept her sexuality hidden because of "don’t ask, don’t tell."

"A simple comment such as ‘my partner and I went to the movies this weekend’ could have been the end of my career," she says.

Darrah is now pressing members of Congress to overturn the policy and her Congressman, Jim Moran, stands behind her.

"This should be done by the end of the year, it really should," says Moran. "And it shouldn’t be a factor in the elections, because most of the American people understand it’s time and it’s the right thing to do."

Bills have now been introduced in both the House and Senate, and congressional hearings are underway. Some military leaders and lawmakers say Congress should wait to make a decision until the Department of Defense completes its review later this year.

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Auction Of Artifacts In Paris Stirs Protest At American Indian Museum In D.C.

"It's almost like seeing one of our own tribal members being auctioned off," says a member of California's Hoopa tribe who denounced the auction during an event at the National Museum of the American Indian.

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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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D.C., Maryland, Virginia Take Serious Step Toward Creating Metro Safety Panel

Leaders in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia have agreed on a proposal to create a Metro Safety Commission that is supposed to supplant the Federal Transit Administration’s temporary oversight role. It's a key step in a process that will rely on action in all three jurisdictions' legislatures.

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Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel is said to be bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury verdict that awarded Hogan $140 million over the 2012 publication of a sex tape.

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