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Transgender soldier: 'This is the only job I ever wanted'

This week while on vacation, Wyatt woke up to the news that President Trump had tweeted his intention to reinstate the ban. It’s an experience that has been shared, in some form or another, by the estimated 1,320 to 6,630 transgender individuals currently serving among the 1.3 million members of the US military, according to a 2016 RAND study...
Jul 28, 2017 |

Behind Trump’s transgender ban, a political calculus

Donald Trump has long evinced a live-and-let-live attitude toward gay, lesbian, and transgender people. Foremost, the president needs a legislative victory, and by giving House conservatives what they wanted on transgender troops, he has paved the way for passage of a key military spending bill.
Jul 28, 2017 |

When Congress wields a tool of peace

One shining example of bipartisan cooperation in Congress has been strong lawmaker support for a popular tool in foreign policy: sanctions on other nations or their leaders and companies. This week lawmakers are even more united as they move to approve new sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
Jul 28, 2017 |

In drought-stricken Somaliland, age-old challenges meet WhatsApp

As livestock began to die six months ago, and the parched earth ran dry, a handful of people in this self-declared republic had a novel idea: create a WhatsApp group called Daryeel, “Caring,” to spread the news of their need. “Necessity is the mother of invention,” smiles Ali Mohamoud Kabadhe, one of the group’s creators. Little did they know the...
Jul 28, 2017 |

Trump: U.S. military won’t allow transgender people ‘to serve in any capacity’

President Trump announced on Wednesday morning that the U.S. military will not allow or accept any transgender individuals.
Jul 28, 2017 |

Minneapolis Police Department Announces New Bodycam Policy Following Fatal Shooting of Australian Woman

In the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Justine Damond, the Minneapolis Police Department announced new bodycam policies for officers.
Jul 28, 2017 |

Scaramucci calls into CNN for wild interview about Priebus and leaks

The White House communications director called into CNN's "New Day" early Thursday to explain his Twitter message that reportedly suggested he wants the FBI to investigate White House chief of staff Reince Priebus for the "leak" of Scaramucci's financial disclosure form.
Jul 28, 2017 |

Medical examiner: Judge in river died by suicide in drowning

NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent judge found in the Hudson River died by suicide in a drowning, according to findings issued by the city's medical examiner on Wednesday.
Jul 28, 2017 |

Trump continues crusade against Sessions with a fresh line of attack

President Trump continued his public campaign against his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, on Wednesday, knocking his longtime ally for not replacing acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. Trump, who fired James Comey as FBI director in May, also has the authority to replace McCabe. It’s unclear why Trump is singling out Sessions on the issue,...
Jul 27, 2017 |

New Developments in Case Where Driver Livestreamed Deadly Car Crash

Obdulia Sanchez allegedly kept livestreaming on Instagram after the accident even as her sister lay dying; she pleaded not guilty to charges including manslaughter while intoxicated.
Jul 27, 2017 |

Condemned killer arrives at death house ahead of execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned killer in Ohio arrived at the death house a day ahead of his scheduled execution Wednesday with several requests for a delay pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jul 27, 2017 |

John Boehner says Republicans will 'never' repeal and replace Obamacare

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has said that Republicans will “never” repeal and replace Obamacare. At a business gathering in Las Vegas, Mr Boehner said Americans have grown accustomed to the law passed in 2010 while he was the House’s Republican leader. Mr Boehner’s comments are a departure from Donald Trump’s rhetoric saying...
Jul 27, 2017 |

Pakistani council orders "revenge rape" of 16-year-old girl

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani police have arrested 25 members of an informal village council accused of ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl as revenge for her brother's alleged sexual assault of another girl. The Supreme Court also requested a report on the case, which echoed a notorious case from 2002 in which another...
Jul 27, 2017 |

Michigan FGM case could test bounds of religious liberty

This fall, a United States district judge will hear a landmark case: For the first time, the federal government is pursuing a case of female genital mutilation on American soil. Defense lawyers have said they will argue a freedom of religion defense – setting the stage for an explosive test of Americans’ religious rights that experts say could...
Jul 27, 2017 |

Seattle's $15 minimum wage debate catches small businesses in the middle

“I was raised on the most progressive politics,” says Jon (pronounced “Joan”) Milazzo, who co-owns Retrofit Home, a furniture shop on a busy corner of downtown Seattle. A native Vermonter who moved west about 30 years ago, Ms. Milazzo is all for the idea that employees – especially those at the bottom of the pay scale – receive a fair wage for...
Jul 27, 2017 |

McCain: ‘I will not vote for this bill as it is today’

A week after his brain cancer diagnosis, Sen. John McCain returned to Washington to cast a crucial vote to begin debate on the GOP health care legislation.
Jul 27, 2017 |

California Man Arrested For Smuggling King Cobra Into US In Potato Chip Cans

Federal agents arrested a California man for smuggling king cobras into the U.S. in potato chip cans. They also found tanks with a live baby Morelet’s crocodile, alligator snapping turtles, and other reptiles protected under law.
Jul 27, 2017 |

Scaramucci on White House leakers: 'I'm going to fire everybody'

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci spoke out on how he plans on handling administration staff leaking information to the press, saying he's going to "fire everybody."
Jul 27, 2017 |

The Latest: Plane crash kills 2 couples leaving on vacation

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a plane that crashed on a Utah highway and killed four aboard (all times local):
Jul 27, 2017 |

Why split with Sessions may pit Trump agenda against Trump himself

The Trump presidency has, at times, adopted the style and tone of “The Apprentice,” the reality television show that made Donald Trump a household name. The Sessions imbroglio suggests to political observers that Mr. Trump has fealty to his and his own first, a stance that could jeopardize his own policy agenda and spark more serious conflicts –...
Jul 27, 2017 |

In drought-stricken Somaliland, age-old challenges meet WhatsApp

As livestock began to die six months ago, and the parched earth ran dry, a handful of people in this self-declared republic had a novel idea: create a WhatsApp group called Daryeel, “Caring,” to... Read More

When Congress wields a tool of peace

One shining example of bipartisan cooperation in Congress has been strong lawmaker support for a popular tool in foreign policy: sanctions on other nations or their leaders and companies. This... Read More

Behind Trump’s transgender ban, a political calculus

Donald Trump has long evinced a live-and-let-live attitude toward gay, lesbian, and transgender people. Foremost, the president needs a legislative victory, and by giving House conservatives what... Read More