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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, take their seats on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, prior to testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy hearing. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen, take their seats on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, prior to testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy hearing. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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