Yesterday's election in Venezuela brought more deadly street violence, while polling sites were quiet. The opposition claims just 15 percent of voters turned out, but the government says it was 41 percent. The results are a likely step toward the world's newest dictatorship. Andrew Rosati, who is in Caracas for Bloomberg News, updates the boycott, violence and possible impact of the Trump administration's threat of new sanctions.
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During last year's campaign, Donald Trump promised to be a fighter for the LGBT community. As President, he has other ideas. Last week, he shocked the Pentagon with a tweet saying transgender people should be banned from the military — including thousands already serving. That same day, his Justice Department argued in court that federal law does not protect gays and lesbians from being fired because of sexual orientation. It's an issue that goes back to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and it may be on its way to the US Supreme Court.
Politico on Trump's snap decision to ban transgender troops
RAND on the implications of allowing transgender personnel to serve openly
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Last week, former Marine General John Kelly was Secretary of Homeland Security. But Friday, he was named White House Chief-of-Staff. Today, he was sworn in to replace Reince Priebus, and President Trump expressed high expectations.
Now, Kelly has taken his first action – to remove Anthony Scaramucci as President Trump's director of communications. Chris Whipple, author of The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, calls Kelly's first action is surprising – and encouraging.
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