Tuesday News Open Thread: Gay Scouts, Immigration, and More

While writers here work on the usual in-depth pieces, it was suggested to me that it would be a good idea to have open threads from time to time. So, here's one, on today's news.

Gay Rights: National Boy Scouts are considering ending a ban on gay scouts and leaders.
If adopted by the organization’s board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial -- one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide for themselves whether to admit gay scouts.
A little late and probably a few dollars short, but a welcome move nonetheless.

Immigration: As the Republican opposition to immigration reform all but fell apart earlier this week, President Obama has just concluded a speech on reform. The White House is insisting on a path to citizenship from the outset, as well as treating same sex couples as families under our nation's immigration laws, so that partners of Americans who are foreigners can obtain visas based on that relationship just as any other married couple.

Cabinet: The Senate has voted to confirm John Kerry as Secretary of State. The vote was 94-3. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is stepping down.

Other news:

  • In Obama-not-tough-on-big-corporations news, a federal judge just approved BP's guilty plea to 14 criminal counts, and a $4 billion criminal penalty for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill.
  • In Obama-not-helping-housing news, single family home prices have risen 5.5% over the last year.
  • Lindsay Graham is very upset that Hillary Clinton whooped the Republicans at her Congressional hearing about Benghazi.