Senate hearings on "Don't ask, don't tell" set to begin this week

A last ditch effort to secure a legislative repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" kicks into high gear this week, with Senate hearings set for Thursday and Friday, during which the nation's top military brass is expected to testify. They'll likely be grilled about the results of the Pentagon's troop survey on the issue, which are due to be released Tuesday. President Barack Obama is aware of the results, and they should bolster the case for repeal, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday, while Obama met with Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Oval Office to discuss the issue.

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