The good (awesome, fantastic, about-time) news is that today the Senate voted to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that discriminates against gays and lesbians in the military. Whoo-hoo! The United States is finally joining the 21st century. I predict this will be a fairly smooth transition and all of the doomsday scenarios predicted by people like Sen. John McCain will prove to be groundless. (One of his arguments against advancing the bill is that there are Marines in Walter Reed who have lost their limbs. So allowing gay people to serve openly is going to lead to amputations?)
The bad news is Republicans blocked advancement of the DREAM Act, which would have given young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship if they went to college or joined the military. It looks unlikely to come up again for a vote in the next Congress, with even more Republicans taking their seats. They’re against illegal immigration but refuse to take logical measures to improve the problem.