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Gaga speaks, Reid acts on 'don't ask, don't tell'

By CRISTINA SILVA, Associated Press

665-Lady_Gaga_on_Ellen_DeGeneres_sff_embedded_prod_affiliate_56 LAS VEGAS -- Does Lady Gaga run the U.S. Senate?

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday a vote to repeal the military's ban of openly gay and lesbian soldiers had been planned for next week before the singer made waves with a plea during a daytime talk show.

The pop star known for flashy performances and eccentric style called on Reid to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that aired Monday.

Reid's campaign and Gaga traded talking points on Twitter after the lawmaker announced the vote. Reid told Gaga repealing the measure was the right thing to do.

Campaign spokesman Kelly Steele said Reid does not take cues from Gaga.

Caption: Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, right, gives Lady Gaga "veggie bikini" inspired by her "meat bikini" on the Japanese Vogue Cover during the taping of Season 8 Premiere of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" from Club Nokia on-site at the MTV Video Music Awards, in Los Angeles. This episode airs Monday, Sept. 13. Michael Rozman / AP

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