What We’re Following
Trump’s Transgender Ban: Over Twitter, President Trump announced that transgender people would no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. military, reversing the Obama-era plan to let them serve openly. Trump’s rationale was that inclusion would entail “tremendous medical costs and disruption.” But the actual cost of gender-reassignment surgeries would likely be small in the Pentagon’s budget, and the divisive decision would bar able Americans from service.
Health-Care Hardships: Republican senators’ successful motion to proceed in debate marks a legislative victory for the president: Just as it did with the House health-care bill, his refusal to let lawmakers move on revived legislation that was widely considered too unpopular to pass. The Senate still isn’t making much headway, however. After several Republicans rejected a broad repeal of Obamacare, the party’s leaders are scrambling to put together a plan they can agree on. If the tangle of plans and procedures has you confused, here's a primer on the process the senators will need to follow.
Assimilation Nation: Respondents in a new poll of American Muslims report that they’ve perceived significant bias and suspicion against them—but also that they’ve received many expressions of support for their religion. Meanwhile in Germany, some Syrian refugees have found that the conservatism of the country’s mosques conflicts with their desire to integrate with a new society.