NewsBites – Britain Airs First Televised Debates, Obama Orders Hospital Visitation Rights for Gays & Lesbians + More

The British public get to see their candidates up close for the first time. [Reuters]

President Obama has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a rule that would prevent hospitals from denying visitation to gays and lesbian partners. [CNN]

Benjamin Hooks, former head of NAACP, passes away at 85. [The Root]

Senate restores $18 billion in jobless benefits [WaPo]

Get a glimpse of President Obama’s tax returns. [VF]

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