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‘I will not break faith’: Coast Guard admiral defies Trump order to ban transgender service members

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The Coast Guard has decided that it will not honor President Donald Trump’s order to ban transgender people from serving in their ranks. The president later claimed it was too expensive to pay their medical costs.

Military.com quoted Admiral Paul Zukunft, saying that his first action upon hearing Trump’s ban was to reach out to all 13 members of the Coast Guard that self-identified as transgender.

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“I reached out personally to Lt. Taylor Miller, who was featured on the cover of The Washington Post last week,” Zukunft said. “If you read that story, Taylor’s family has disowned her. Her family is the United States Coast Guard. And I told Taylor, ‘I will not turn my back. We have made an investment in you, and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard, and I will not break faith.'”

The Coast Guard is the only branch of the military that falls under the Department of Homeland Security, as it primarily focuses on work in the United States. The other branches of the military work internationally, and thus fall under the Department of Defense.

Thus far, no guidance has been provided by the White House over implementation of Trump’s ban. However, the Joints Chiefs of Staff have said that there will not be any change in their policy until things are worked out.

Trump claimed that he made the decision in consultation with his generals, though many of Trump’s generals didn’t know the decision was coming. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley admitted he found out about the decision from the news.

Neither the Senate nor House Armed Services Committees knew that the declaration was coming from the president. Senate Chair John McCain (R-AZ) called Trump’s decision inappropriate. Indeed, a chorus of Republicans joined McCain in denouncing the decision, including conservatives like Sens. Orin Hatch (R-UT) and Joni Ernst (R-IA). The conservative editorial board of the Wall Street Journal blasted the decision as well.

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‘Nice deflection, Mr President’: Adam Schiff busts Trump for trying to blame him for his leaky administration

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) took a shot at President Donald Trump on Sunday morning after the president tried to blame him for the leak describing a classified meeting lawmakers had with an intelligence official who warned the bipartisan group that the Kremlin is trying to help the president get re-elected.

As the president prepared to leave the White House for India, he told reporters that Schiff was to blame for the leaked meeting story, with the president insisting he personally had not been briefed on the report explosive report.

Responding to a 'Meet the Press" clip of the president making his accusation, Schiff tweeted back: "Nice deflection, Mr. President. But your false claims fool no one. You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in 2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020. Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it. You’ve betrayed America. Again."

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George Conway taunts Republican voters for sticking by ‘psycho buffoon’ Trump

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Conservative attorney George Conway launched a mini-tweet storm on Sunday morning just as President Donald Trump was leaving the country for a visit to India, telling Republican voters that they didn't have to settle for him being their candidate in 2016.

Along the way, he described the president as "a psycho and a buffoon."

In the series of tweets, Conway -- the husband of Trump White House adviser Kellyanne Conway -- noted that a more mainstream candidate could have won in 2016, writing, "Some perspective for supporters of @realDonaldTrump: A stable and competent GOP candidate would have won the popular vote in 2016, perhaps even by a few percentage points; a stable and competent GOP president, having inherited such a strong economy and goosed it with massive deficit spending, would have approval ratings of at least 55%."

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Why Americans are afraid to have babies

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Many Democrats are completely fixated on getting Donald Trump out of the Oval Office, no matter what it takes (or which Democratic presidential candidate). While that's certainly an important and obvious goal, the political stakes in 2020 are far, far greater than that.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Yes, there are compounding, existential and political crises that go beyond corrupt Beltway intrigue so much of the media fixates on.

Capitalism is in crisis. It is manifested in the deterioration in local conditions, a decline in the birthrate as well as in entrepreneurship.

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