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1. In a historic vote for civil rights, the US Senate repealed the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy over the weekend, paving the way for gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, the Chron reported. Overturning the gay ban was one of the top priorities of the Obama administration and Democrats and moderate Republicans pushed it through Congress before the Christmas break. If they hadn’t, it would have failed when the GOP takes over the House next month. The final Senate vote was 65-31. The House, still under Democratic control, previously voted to overturn the ban.