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Joint Chiefs of Staff tells military no change in trans policy one day after Trump abruptly announces ban

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he opposed allowing transgender people to serve in the United States military “in any capacity.”

One day after the president’s surprise announcement, however, the Joint Chiefs of Staff are telling the military that they should not implement any changes to the current transgender policy until they receive more explicit direction from the White House.

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“US Joint Chiefs of Staff tells military there will be no modification to transgender policy until direction received from [president],” writes Reuters reporter Idrees Ali.

Ali also reports that Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sent out a letter informing the military that it should “continue to treat all of our personnel with respect” until it receives guidance from the White House.

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Trump’s transgender policy announcement caught many in both the military and in Congress by surprise. A report from Politico claimed that the president made a snap decision to announce a ban on trans service members after social conservatives in Congress threatened to withhold funds from his proposed border wall unless he barred them from military service.

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I thought Democrats were making a giant mistake on impeachment — but these experts changed my mind

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On Tuesday, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives announced that they would move forward with two articles of impeachment — involving abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — against President Donald Trump.

At first, I shared the frustration of many liberals and progressives that these articles are too limited in scope, and leave a great many of Trump’s apparent misdeeds unmentioned. But further reflection and exchanges with legal experts have convinced me that appearance is misleading. In fact, Democrats have performed a deft feat. In a single stroke — OK, two strokes — they have elevated the process of holding Trump accountable above the realm of partisan politics, and have also given the Democratic nominee (whoever that is) an excellent case to use against Trump in next year’s presidential election. The challenge for Democrats going forward will be to keep that nonpartisan outlook in mind — while understanding that, ultimately and unfortunately, the only possible way to hold Trump accountable will be through partisan politics.

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Trump supporters cry bitter tears after Greta Thunberg named Time Person of the Year

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg has been named Time Magazine's Person of the Year -- and Trump supporters are deeply unhappy about it.

Thunberg, whose advocacy for real action on climate change has drawn rebukes from conservative political figures including President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, was described by Time in its profile as delivering "a simple truth in a fateful moment" in the debate over how to reduce greenhouse emissions and prevent catastrophic environmental damage.

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The ‘War on Christmas’ was started more than 500 years ago — by Christians

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If it feels like the “War on Christmas” is getting really old, it is. Almost 15 years have passed since Bill O’Reilly first opened December with a segment called, “Christmas Under Siege”—ten long years in which his cadences and refrains and echoing chorus have become as familiar to most Americans as Handel’s Messiah. More familiar, in fact.

Not that O’Reilly invented the idea. During the 1920’s, Henry Ford’s newspaper published a series of anti-Semitic articles titled, “The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem.” Among the complaints:

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