(CNN) - The Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday announced two days of hearings on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
On the first day, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen will testify. The service chiefs will appear on the second day.
The hearings will come two days after the Pentagon releases its report on the impact of a repeal of the policy on the military. The authors of the study will appear on the first day of hearings.
Washington (CNN) - Do those new full-body screening procedures now in use at airports across the country make you mad? A new national poll suggests that if your answer is yes, you are in the minority.
Despite heavy coverage by the media and calls for a boycott against the procedures, a USA Today/Gallup survey indicates that 71 percent of Americans who consider themselves air travelers say that a potential loss of personal privacy from such screening is worth it as a method to prevent terrorist acts, with 27 percent disagreeing.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hoping to quell growing concerns in Congress about enhanced security procedures for airline passengers, top administration officials who oversee airport security went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to explain the new methods and why they are needed.
The closed, nearly two-hour briefing for congressional staff members included a detailed explanation of new advanced imaging technology that has sparked outrage from some passengers because it captures an image of their bodies through their clothing. Also, Transportation Security Administration officials demonstrated the invasive pat downs required for passengers who either refuse a full body scan or who need a follow-up inspection after an image is taken.
(CNN) - Despite the roll-out of Sarah Palin's new book and her first book stop, it was her daughter that received most of the attention Tuesday night.
Bristol Palin received her "Dancing with the Stars" fate during Tuesday's show, losing the mirror-ball trophy to actress Jennifer Grey.
(CNN) - Two White House-bound turkeys can thank good looks and personality for saving their lives.
The 45-pound birds endured months of rigorous training and rose to the head of a class of 20,000 feathered friends vying for a pardon from the dreaded Thanksgiving Day buffet.
Washington (CNN) - Walking the hallways of the Rayburn House Office Building and through many of its offices, you saw rows and rows of boxes already packed up and even cartons of books being given away.
The more than 50 defeated House Democratic incumbents were forced last week to not only return to attend the lame-duck session of Congress but also to start packing up their offices, sorting through decades of papers, photos and mementos.
Phoenix, Arizona (CNN) - A political rock star welcome and adoring chants of "Go Sarah" greeted Sarah Palin at a Phoenix bookstore as the former Alaska governor kicked off her latest book tour that, to some, also looks like a much hyped, early bid for the White House.
Palin's book, "America by Heart," went on sale Tuesday. The former 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee appeared at a Barnes & Noble Bookstore shaking hands, chatting up supporters and signing books.
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CNN: Palin kicks off book tour amid fresh speculation of a White House bid
A political rock star welcome and adoring chants of "Go Sarah" greeted Sarah Palin at a Phoenix bookstore as the former Alaska governor kicked off her latest book tour that, to some, also looks like a much hyped, early bid for the White House. Palin's book, "America by Heart," went on sale Tuesday. The former 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee appeared at a Barnes & Noble Bookstore shaking hands, chatting up supporters and signing books. At one point, Palin was even seen doing what's become essentially customary for any presidential hopeful: cooing over a baby.