In the lame duck session, Congress kept the Bush tax cuts for the upper brackets, passed START, repealed DADT and scotched the DREAM Act. Congress also passed a continuing resolution that sets the stage for one heck of a budget brawl in 2011.
The Post likes DADT repeal so much, it worked to bring it about. As I pointed out here, the Post turned its pages over to an unidentified source to spin the Pentagon's report in favor of repeal before it was released. The Post did so even though the source told it that the purpose of the leak was to fire the first shot in the impending public relations war.
I don't think I've written anything about the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but my views are the same as Paul's. This is a decision that should be based on military effectiveness, not pressure group politics, and there is considerable evidence that in some contexts, at least, openly homosexual soldiers could pose problems. At the same time, my guess is that there are other contexts where having a handful of gay soldiers would not be a big deal. And in principle, of course, repeal of DADT can always be reversed if its consequences turn out to be problematic. Not that I expect this to happen.
Fortunately, the report includes a purely empirical component -- the responses of members of the military to certain questions. The responses by those who do the actual fighting for our country should give no comfort to those who favor repeal. 48 percent of those in combat units and 58 percent of those in Marine combat units fear that repeal would affect their combat readiness.