Trump administration revokes transgender health protection

Washington (AP) — In a move applauded by President Donald Trump’s conservative religious base, his administration on Friday finalized a rule that overturns Obama-era protections for transgender people against sex discrimination in health care. The Department of Health and Human Services said it will enforce sex discrimination protections “according to the plain meaning of the […]

AP Courtside: Week 2 of historic arguments by phone

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is holding its second week of arguments by telephone because of the coronavirus pandemic, with audio available live to audiences around the world. The highest profile cases are up this week, including two on Tuesday involving the potential release of President Donald Trump’stax returns. There’s a school employment discrimination […]

Lawyer: Honduran teen deported despite claims father sexually abused her back home

A 16-year-old Honduran girl who had lived with her mother in a tent encampment in Matamoros, Mexico, for several months before crossing into Brownsville, Texas, as an unaccompanied minor has been deported back to her Central American country despite her father having sexually abused her, her lawyer told Border Report on Tuesday. What makes this case unique is that unaccompanied minors are typically taken into the care of U.S. Health and Human Services and offered shelter in the United States with other children until their asylum cases play out in U.S. court. However more immigration lawyers are reporting that minors are being deported back to their home countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Out of pandemic crisis, what could a new New Deal look like?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The New Deal was really a series of new deals, spread out over more than six years during the Great Depression — a menu of nationally scaled projects that were one part make-work and many parts lasting impact. They delivered a broad-shouldered expression of presidential authority whose overall benefits were both economic […]

Trump disbanded NSC pandemic unit that experts had praised

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public health and national security experts shake their heads when President Donald Trump says the coronavirus “came out of nowhere” and “blindsided the world.” They’ve been warning about the next pandemic for years and criticized the Trump administration’s decision in 2018 to dismantle a National Security Council directorate at the White House […]

More US firms are boosting faith-based support for employees

NEW YORK (AP) — It has become standard practice for U.S. corporations to assure employees of support regardless of their race, gender or sexual orientation. There’s now an intensifying push to ensure that companies are similarly supportive and inclusive when it comes to employees’ religious beliefs. One barometer: More than 20% of the Fortune 100 […]

Trump’s $4.8 trillion budget proposal revisits rejected cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.8 trillion election year budget plan on Monday that recycles deep, previously rejected cuts to domestic programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and housing as the recipe for wrestling the federal budget back into balance. Trump’s fiscal 2021 plan promises the government’s deficit will crest above $1 trillion […]

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