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October 13th, 2009
06:33 AM ET

PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter

Editor's Note: is a project of the St. Petersburg Times that aims to help you find the truth in politics. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times examine statements by members of Congress, the president, etc. They research their statements and then rate the accuracy on their Truth-O-Meter.

Levin claims that other Western countries have lifted their bans

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Levin says other Western countries have ended their "don't ask, don't tell" policies."]

President Barack Obama has repeatedly said that he plans to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" rule, which prevents openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the military.

But so far, no go.

"Meet the Press" host David Gregory asked Michigan Democrat Carl Levin, who chairs the Senate's Armed Services Committee, whether Obama would follow through on his promise.

"I think he, he will and he can," Levin said on the Oct. 11, 2009, episode. "I think it has to be done in the, in the right way, which is to get a buy-in from the military, which I think is now possible. Other militaries in the West, the British and other Western armies, have ended this discriminatory policy. We can do it successfully."

The Truth-O-Meter says: TRUE


Read more: Levin's done his research


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October 13th, 2009
06:18 AM ET

Doc makes more cash selling clothes on eBay

By Allan Chernoff
CNN Senior Correspondent

HIAWATHA, Iowa (CNN) - As Dr. Jennifer Lickteig examines patients at the Linn Community Care Health Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she's also earning money from a second career that has nothing to do with medicine.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Dr. Jennifer Lickteig started her online clothing business while taking time off from medicine to raise her family. "]

Lickteig runs a clothing store on eBay, where she's a "Gold PowerSeller," ranking among the top 1½ percent of merchants on the online marketplace.

The 35-year-old family practitioner says she earned $120,000 last year on eBay, more than she did practicing medicine.

"It's just kind of this thrill," she said. "It think it's the thrill of having built up this business and just done it myself. I don't have to get an MBA. I don't have to have a storefront."

As health care reform threatens to shake up the business of medicine, recruiting firms promote alternatives for doctors at pharmaceutical, biotechnology, insurance and investment banking firms. But eBay?

Lickteig was juggling medicine with mothering her two boys when she became pregnant with twin girls. Once Natalie and Melanie arrived, Lickteig had to take time out from her practice.

Between feeding and changing her genetically identical daughters, Lickteig was online, discovering that she had the genes of a businesswoman - a trait that had been hiding behind her medical degree.

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Filed under: Economy • Money & Main Street
October 13th, 2009
05:48 AM ET

What’s on Tap – Tuesday October 13, 2009

Here are the big stories on the agenda today:

  • The Senate Finance Committee will vote on its $829 billion dollar version of health care reform in just a few hours.  Supporters say it matches key parts of the president's wish list without busting the budget, but the insurance industry is launching a last-minute attack.
  • Pressure is building on the battleground. The call for more troops in Afghanistan is kicking up a lot of debate.  Right now it's all about the numbers.  The general says he needs 40,000 more to win this war.  But is that even enough?  Our military experts weigh in.
  • Concern about Iran’s nuclear ambitions has secretary of state Hillary Clinton meeting with Russian leaders in Moscow.  She also summed up her political aspirations in one word.  We'll tell you what she's saying.

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