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The Long Shot, Last Ditch Effort To Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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Rule 14 is a Senate procedure that gives the majority leader the right to expedite legislation.

"As far as the efforts to repeal don't ask don't tell, it ain't over," Lieberman said.

Lieberman was joined by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), all of whom agreed that, because stand-alone repeal is much narrower than the bulky defense authorization bill, the legislation would face fewer obstacles, and require less time for debate.

Of course, ardent foes of repeal could try to sink it with serial filibusters -- they could filibuster amendments, the bill, even debate itself, and run out the clock on this Congress. But if Reid is willing to wait to do this after the tax and federal funding issues are resolved, and perhaps to extend the Senate calendar beyond December 17, it could still happen.

Stay tuned...

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