Trump’s Ban on Transgender Military Service Blocked by Second Judge

A second federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration’s order barring transgender people from the military, saying it “cannot possibly constitute a legitimate governmental interest,” and that President Trump’s announcing it on Twitter was “capricious, arbitrary and unqualified.”

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Mugabe Makes 1st Public Appearance Amid Pressure to Exit

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe made his first public appearance since the military put him under house arrest this week, even as the military announced “significant progress” on talks for his departure and arrested some of his allies, and branches of the ruling party began to pass no-confidence votes in the world’s oldest head of state.

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Franken Apologizes After Radio Host Accuses Him of Forced Kiss

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday to a Los Angeles radio anchor who accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and taking a photo as she slept that showed him reaching for her breasts. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling for an ethics inquiry into the incident.

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Bergdahl Intelligence Contributions Described as ‘Gold Mine’

Military experts testified Tuesday about the intelligence Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl revealed after being returned to the United States in a prisoner exchange, which offered officials a rare glimpse into insurgents in Afghanistan and how they detain hostages.

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