Lawmakers, LGBTQ groups divided over transgender military service

Lawmakers, LGBTQ groups divided over transgender military service
Washington (CNN)Less than a month into the six-month delay set by Defense Secretary James Mattis to review the United States military's policy on transgender service members, President Donald Trump announced that transgender individuals would no longer be allowed to enlist or serve in the military.The transgender military ban, as well as Rep. Vicky Hartzler's failed controversial amendment to cut funding for transgender service members' medical treatments, has sparked renewed debate over transgender personnel serving in the US military. Ash

Oklahoma sheriff, 5 others indicted in prisoner’s death

Oklahoma sheriff, 5 others indicted in prisoner’s death
(CNN)An Oklahoma sheriff and five other people have been indicted in the death of a prisoner who was held in a restraint chair more than 48 hours without adequate food, water or medical care, authorities said.Others charged with second-degree manslaughter were jail administrator Jennifer Niles, 34; assistant jail administrator John Markus, 29; detention officer Shawn Galusha, 37; nurse practitioner Lela Goatley, 57; and licensed practical nurse Vanisa Gay, 38. CNN reached out to the lawyer representing Jerry Niles and

Trump’s transgender tweets are an affront to the all-volunteer military

Trump’s transgender tweets are an affront to the all-volunteer military
(CNN)There is a lot to dislike about President Donald Trump's decision this morning to reinstate the ban on transgender service. As long as they swear the oath to defend our ideas, meet the professional standards, complete the training and thereafter serve with honor, they have the privilege of defending our country. It's led to a highly professional, well-led and motivated force that continues to be the world's example of professionalism in military service. Right now, only about 1% of

GOP Senator Wants To Put Democrats On Record On Single-Payer

GOP Senator Wants To Put Democrats On Record On Single-Payer
On Wednesday, in a wily attempt to troll Democrats, the Montana Republican proposed an amendment that would expand Medicare to the entire U.S. population. The amendment is expected to receive a vote later this week while the Senate considers the GOP health care bill. For example, the vote will force vulnerable Democratic senators who are up for re-election in 2018 to take a position on an issue that is viewed favorably by liberals, yet much less favorablyamong the public

Angelina Jolie One-Ups Brad Pitt With Emotional Interview About Split

Angelina Jolie One-Ups Brad Pitt With Emotional Interview About Split
After months of radio silence from both Pitts and Jolies camps, the actress is opening up in a new interview with Vanity Fair about how shes healing following their highly publicized (and highly messy) split. Hollywoods former golden couple imploded last September amid allegations of child and substance abuse with Pitt at the center. The actor was later cleared of all charges Jolie still retains full custody of their children and relations between the two have sweetened since deciding

9-Year-Old Launches Nonprofit To Fight Trump’s Monument Reviews

9-Year-Old Launches Nonprofit To Fight Trump’s Monument Reviews
You cant protect something you dont understand, the nature-loving youngster told HuffPost. Papahnaumokukea Marine National Monument 582,578 square miles of ocean surrounding the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is among thenational monumentsthreatened by the Trump administrations controversial review. I want to make sure that our national monuments are available for my kids and for future generations, he said. laid out in his remarks during an April 26 signing ceremony, hes looking to end another egregious abuse of federal power, put

Ohio boy takes his first steps with the help of prosthetic legs

Ohio boy takes his first steps with the help of prosthetic legs
(CNN)At the age of 9, Gabe Davis has walked for the first time. He was born with a rare congenital disability that left his legs underdeveloped and limited his motor skills. But now, after his 14th surgery in six years, Gabe is finally able to pursue his dream on the baseball field in his new hometown of Berea, Ohio. Gabe aspires to go on to play in the major leagues one day -- and his athletic dreams extend beyond

Endangered Republicans stick with Trump on key health care vote

Endangered Republicans stick with Trump on key health care vote
Washington (CNN)The two Senate Republicans in the most jeopardy of losing their seats in 2018 faced a choice in Tuesday's health care vote: Stick with President Donald Trump and face a barrage of Democratic attacks, or break ranks and risk a potentially serious primary challenge fueled by Trump himself. Their votes came after stern signals from the White House that the President was willing to work to defeat his own party's incumbents if they crossed him on health care.

Earl Spencer ‘lied to’ over princes following Diana’s coffin – BBC News

Earl Spencer ‘lied to’ over princes following Diana’s coffin – BBC News
Image caption Princess Diana is buried in the grounds of her childhood home Princess Diana was buried in the grounds of Althorp estate, her childhood home in Northamptonshire, after the earl changed plans for her to be laid to rest in the family tombs at a local church.He said it seemed "natural" to bury her at their family home as he "wanted to keep her safe".The earl added: "There was such a whipped up feeling of emotion everywhere that

U.S. Energy Secretary Duped Into Fake Interview With Russian Comedians

U.S. Energy Secretary Duped Into Fake Interview With Russian Comedians
Perry actually was talking with comedians known in Russia for targeting celebrities and politicians with audacious stunts, Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said in a written statement. These individuals are known for pranking high-level officials and celebrities, particularly those who are supportive of an agenda that is not in line with their governments. In this case, the energy security of Ukraine, Hynes said. Perry said the Trump administration opposes Nord Stream 2, a Russian project to bring natural gas

Russia sanctions: What you need to know

Russia sanctions: What you need to know
(CNN)President Donald Trump will soon decide whether to slap fresh sanctions on Russia, a decision that will be widely watched as a test of his proclaimed detachment from Russia's powerful elite.Here's what you need to know about Russian sanctions.Why are there so many sanctions against Russia?Ukraine: The United States and the European Union rolled out a rash of coordinated sanctions in 2014 over Russia's occupation, and then annexation, of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine. Certain Russian individuals were hit

The next few days will be hell for Republicans on health care

The next few days will be hell for Republicans on health care
Washington (CNN)When Vice President Mike Pence cast his tie-breaking "yes" vote, there was no spontaneous applause or cheers from Republicans on the Senate floor.Six months and change after President Donald Trump's inauguration, Senate Republicans were finally successful Tuesday afternoon in kicking off consideration of a House-approved bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. But the tension that permeated before and after the nail-biter vote was a far cry from the almost joyful manner in which Republicans have campaigned on

The Democrats have a plan. Now can they sell it?

The Democrats have a plan. Now can they sell it?
(CNN)The plan is out and the verdict is in. Progressives are greeting the Democratic congressional leadership's new economic agenda with cautious optimism, choosing to highlight notes of common cause -- and mostly play down the now familiar divisions -- as the party begins a fresh play to rebrand itself ahead of the coming midterm election. But the question for national Democrats in this chaotic moment is less about policy -- an ongoing debate that both invigorates and threatens to

‘Despacito’ singers condemn use of song by Venezuelan government

‘Despacito’ singers condemn use of song by Venezuelan government
Caracas (CNN)Luis Fonsi, the singer behind the wildly popular song "Despacito," often applauds others who cover his big hit. But not this time. "My music is for all those who want to listen to it and enjoy it, (but it's) not to be used as propaganda that intends to manipulate the will of a people that's crying out for liberty and a better future," Fonsi wrote in a statement posted to his Instagram account.

Police: Parents gave newborn daughter drugs to hide infant’s addiction

Police: Parents gave newborn daughter drugs to hide infant’s addiction
(CNN)A couple in Utah told police they gave their newborn daughter a pain medication in the hospital to cover up the fact that the child was born addicted to drugs.Investigators learned that Christenson had been using heroin and prescription pain medication heavily during her pregnancy, leading to the child being born addicted to the drugs, the press release said. Christenson and Wilde were charged with distribution of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, use of heroin and methamphetamine,

‘A Better Deal’ is more of the same from Dems

‘A Better Deal’ is more of the same from Dems
(CNN)Democrats would like voters to believe the party's slogan for its new economic agenda rolled out Monday, "A Better Deal," describes a program aimed at fighting for regular people -- even though it mostly rings like a sales pitch for a discounted item at a shopping mall. Worse, the specifics of the strategy are a path to more electoral failure, because "A Better Deal" embraces falsehoods about economic power while leaving a bankrupt system unchallenged.Until Democrats display the strength