Monday marks the first day of the Supreme Court’s new term, the first time the Court begins the year with nine justices since Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to replace the late Justice Anthony Scalia. On the court’s docket are high profile cases that speak to America’s biggest debates on social and civil rights issues.
The U.S. military’s top uniformed officer said Tuesday that transgender service members who meet the “physical and mental standards” required by the military should be allowed to serve, a position that appeared to put him at odds with President Donald Trump.
President Trump is preparing to give the Defense Department formal authority to expel transgender people from the military in an upcoming order, barring the Pentagon from recruiting transgender troops and cutting off payment for sexual reassignment surgery and other medical treatments for those already serving.
President Donald Trump’s controversial responses to the deadly events in Charlottesville, Virginia following a white supremacist rally have refocused attention on the prevalence of hate groups and hate crimes in the United States.
by Abby Phillip, Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Dan Lamothe | The Washington Post
President Trump said he will ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity, a reversal of the Obama administration decision that would have allowed them to serve, he announced on social media on Wednesday.