President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates are both encouraging Congress to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy before the end of the year. While Judge Virginia Phillips virtually eliminated the military policy when she ruled it to be unconstitutional, a three-judge panel on the 9th Circuit Appeals Court ruled on November 1 for the military to maintain the policy while the federal government pursues all appeals. In the meantime, however, a new commandant of the U.S. Marines Corps, General James Amos, declared on November 6 that now is the wrong time to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — while American troops are still at war in Afghanistan.

On Sunday’s Meet the Press, New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie and South Carolina’s Republican Senator Jim DeMint appeared as guests and evaluated the results of the 2010 midterm elections.

Rick PerryPerry-weary Texans brace for another four years of the state’s longest-serving governor, as many are wondering if he’s posturing for the White House. Republican Rick Perry won his third term over Democrat Bill White with just over 55 percent of the popular vote in the November 2 midterms.

Mumbai attacksIn 2008 a series of terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, claimed the lives of 164 people. According to the New York Times, one of the key plotters of the attacks was David C. Headley, a former drug dealer then serving as an informant in Pakistan for the U.S. government. To make matters worse, Washington had evidence that Headley was a terrorist sympathizer yet kept him on its payroll, says the Times, “even as he was learning to deal with explosives and small arms in terrorist training camps.”

wolfMark Appleby and Mario Benedict went hunting in their usual spot in the drainage of the South Fork of the Flathead River of Montana on Friday, October 29, 2010. They shot an elk. On Saturday, Mark returned with Raymond Pitman to retrieve the meat. They did not notice anything unusual until their horses became panicked. Turning around to see what was frightening the horses, they found they were surrounded by wolves. Some wolves began closing in.