TOP STORIES 11-26-2008: Robert Gates to remain as Defense Secretary; Judge strikes down anti-gay adoption law; Brooke Burke wins Dancing With The Stars; Paul Volcker to lead economic recovery panel
- Defense Secretary Robert Gates will reportedly remain at his post for at least the first year of Barack Obama's term, in order to ensure a smoother transition with U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. Is Obama making the wise move here, or do you think he should have gone with someone new?
- A Florida judge has struck down a three-decade-old ban on the adoption of children by gay couples as unconstitutional. Don't expect this to end, though - the Florida Attorney General's office said the state will likely appeal the decision to the Florida Supreme Court. Florida was the only state to have an adoption law on the books that discriminates against homosexuals.
- Barack Obama has picked former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker to lead a new White House "economic recovery panel," a group that will meet once a month to advise the President on reviving America's struggling economy. Volcker chaired the Fed from 1979 through 1987.
- Its seventh season drawn to a close, TV personality Brooke Burke was crowned the winner of Dancing With The Stars, beating out formen N*Sync member Lance Bass and former NFL player Warren Sapp.