The tortured path to ending the military's ban on openly gay American service members may have hit a dead end Thursday afternoon, when Majority Leader Harry Reid called for a vote on whether the Senate should begin work on the 2011 Defense Department bill that contains a "don't ask, "don't tell" repeal provision.
The vote, not surprisingly, failed 57-40, lacking the 60 votes Reid needed to beat back a promised Republican filibuster of the bill with repeal language.
Scientists trying to determine the fate of the oil from the BP blowout recently dived in a mini-sub to look for it at the sea floor. And they found it -- or I should say we found it, since I was along on the dive.
To start our trip to the seafloor, three of us scrunched into the titanium hull of a submarine named Alvin, on the rear deck of the research vessel Atlantis, from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
By a 57-40 vote, the Senate just failed to get the required 60 votes to move ahead with consideration of legislation to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that bars openly gay men and women from serving in the military.
Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla are fine -- but their Rolls Royce has a cracked window and has been splattered with paint after a run-in with some of those who were in the streets of London today to protest the huge increases in tuition at U.K. universities.