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Articles by Harley Dennett

Will America park its drones on our lawn? Military men talk options

Congressional hearings in Washington have revealed the US military is openly canvassing hosting controversial unmanned aircraft in the region — including at Australian bases.

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Coalition split on gay exemption aged-care providers don’t want

UPDATED: The Coalition wants to ensure church-run aged care providers can deny beds to gay people. But the organisations tell Crikey they don’t discriminate — and don’t want the protection to do it.

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Defence at Mardi Gras: a military step towards inclusiveness

The ADF plans to enter a uniformed marching formation in the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras for the first time. It’s about time, writes one journalist and gay Defence spouse.

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Nuclear drumbeat grows as US eyes Australia

Nuclear weapons and joint military bases aimed at containing our largest trading partner will, sooner or later, be put in our backyard. That’s if US Republicans get their way.

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Free speech gets a workout at Christian marriage clash

It was an ugly scene more reminiscent of the 1957 Little Rock Nine than a movement on the right side of history. Crikey goes to church to hear the anti-gay marriage sermon.

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Marriage inquiry: a ‘consensus’ of six divergent positions

A House of Representatives committee has dodged the question of whether to pursue marriage equality after a record 276,000 responses during its inquiry.

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Campbell Newman’s ‘attack on gays’ could face legal test

Family and human rights lawyers are considering grounds to halt what they see as a pair of targeted attacks on the LGBTI community from the Queensland government.

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Essential: class warfare tag not winning voters

Australians don’t buy the Coalition’s argument that the government is engaging in “class warfare”, according to new polling from Essential Research. A quarter of the electorate don’t know what to think, but a near majority believe the government is trying to ensure all Australians benefit from the mining boom and other wealth derived from Australia’s […]

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US reveals plans to put nukes in your neighbourhood

The US would redeploy tactical nuclear weapons to the Asia-Pacific and ask regional allies to host nuclear weapons in plans added to the draft Pentagon budget.

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Gay marriage and US politics: Romney and Obama can’t pick a side

Two prominent Democrats have come out in support of gay marriage, while Republican Mitt Romney is pressured to distance himself from the issue.

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Avalanche of submissions on gay marriage an uneasy consensus

Parliamentary committee staff has never had more work thrust upon it than the interest generated by three bills seeking to amend the Marriage Act. Is there any hope of consensus?

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Double standards from the ADF as ruling excuses gay cyber bullying

With gay marriage opponents pushing the line that everything is hunky-dory for gay people so please stop whinging, an ADF inquiry has given a free pass to anti-gay bullying and death threats.

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US debt: Obama threatens veto after supercommittee fails

Barack Obama has upped the pressure on Republicans to agree to some tax increases as part of US deficit reduction by threatening to veto any attempt to undo automatic cuts to the military.

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Occupy Wall Street: a Tea Party by any other name

Tea Party activists and the much younger Occupy Wall Street protesters are in furious agreement that they are not alike. But neither generation has exclusive ownership of the frustration sweeping the US.

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Now they ask, and they’re happy to tell: stories from the frontline

Pentagon officials signed the death certificate for the US military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell ban on known gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers today with a rowdy cheer more akin to civilian political rallies than a military ceremony.

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Fox News stirs for America’s next class war

Barack Obama’s plan to ask the wealthy to pay their fair share of tax has sent Fox News into DEFCON 1.

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Obama’s jobs plan: stimulus is still a four-letter word

There’s a rare and genuine sense of hope in Washington tonight since nobody shouted “You Lie!” or walked out of the Barack Obama’s much anticipated jobs speech to a joint session of Congress.

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The US debt deal nobody likes is done … almost

Less than 48 hours before the US government runs out of money, a tentative deal to avoid default has split both parties down the middle and a vote still has not been scheduled.

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Gay marriage honeymoon a smokescreen of lingering inequality

Hundreds of same-s-x couples rushed to be the first to marry in New York. But that win bears no resemblance to equality-focused gay rights moves in Australia and other advanced societies.

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US nears debt deal, dragging Tea Party kicking and screaming

The White House is confident a grand deal will be reached in days to raise the US debt ceiling — giving Republicans the largest share of the spoils. It’s been said before, but this time they’re adamant.

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A resolution to the US debt crisis that nobody likes

US financial markets lifted today, possibly as it digested the new plan by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell to prevent the US from defaulting by handing over Congress’s debt ceiling power to the White House. It’s a plan B at best.

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No deal on debt sends US economy to the brink

The White House debt crisis talks took a turn for the worse in the last 24 hours, as Republican Speaker John Boehner walked away from a $4 trillion spending cut called the “deal of the century”. The stunt could be catastrophic.

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US creditors wait, Obama thundered, but Republicans didn’t listen

Barack Obama needs to pull a rabbit out of his hat quickly before the game of debt brinkmanship in Washington damages more than just his own legacy. His stance today didn’t help, Harley Dennett reports from DC.

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Obama’s gay marriage flip-flop hints at campaign targets

Why is it so hard to believe a left-leaning politician might genuinely oppose same-sex marriage? The bigger problem for Barack Obama is not even he’s sure what side he supports.

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White House race begins: Republicans debate in New Hampshire

The first major debate of the 2012 US presidential primaries took place in New Hampshire Monday night, giving each of the seven candidates a chance to rise above the widespread view that the field is a poor one.

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