Patt Morrison for May 27, 2010

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Since 1993 it’s been a constant source of debate and controversy in the U.S. military—the 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' law was meant to be a compromise solution for allowing gays to serve in the military, albeit without being open about their sexuality. The one thing on which almost everyone agrees on both sides of the debate is that DADT has been a disaster, only adding to the confusion over the exact policy of gays in the military. Both sides get their shot at DADT tonight, as Congress moves to vote on the Murphy Amendment that will repeat Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in favor of a new compromise that allows gays to serve openly, if a Pentagon review ultimately concludes that gay soldiers will not adversely affect the military readiness of the American armed forces. Republicans are planning a unified opposition of the repeal while gay rights groups still aren’t totally satisfied with this latest compromise. How will gay soldiers be able to serve after tonight?
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So you want to make a movie…give a listen to the experts

The producers of big-name film, TV and new media who have brought us pirates and aliens and monsters and heroes… they’re all at the Produced By Conference next week, where they’ll be parsing the latest in the art of making entertainment for the screen. How do you manage the creative alchemy between director and producer, how much technology is enough or too much, and where’s the money? Today, we’re treated to the inside view of the business with three majors as they take on Hollywood futures, pay-per-view, technology, and the challenge of pleasing the ever-changing tastes of the audience. *Our guests and dozens more producers are participating next week in the Produced By Conference, which runs from June 4 through June 6 at the 20th Century Fox Studios.
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Proposition 14 - creates a top-two primary election

Proposition 14, one of the most hotly contested ballot measures in the June 8 election, would change the way primary elections are conducted by allowing voters to choose anyone in the full field of candidates, regardless of party affiliation. The two top vote getters would proceed to the general election in November. Supporters see Prop 14 as the ticket to placing more centrist and less ideological politicians in the state legislature, and as being “business friendly.” But the state Democratic and Republican and other ballot qualified parties oppose the initiative, citing past ineffectiveness of open primaries, and they maintain this system would usurp their roles in the political arena.
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Despite President Obama’s commitment to open communication with the Muslim world (and Muslim-American communities), made at his speech last June 4th at the University of Cairo, the past year has wrought several high-profile examples of home-grown, radicalized young Muslims—several of them American citizens—plotting acts of terror against their nominal American countrymen. It has also been about year since Mr. Obama nominated the first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities, Farah Anwar Pandith. A Muslim immigrant appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Representative Pandith works as an envoy between the American government and Muslims who may feel discriminated against to build an international dialogue from a grassroots level. Now that she’s been in the job for just about a year, she joins Alex Cohen for a conversation about what she’s seen and ways she’s identified to counter instances of violent extremism and foster respect within America’s Muslim communities and abroad.
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