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The Pentagon has long prohibited discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex or age. This week, the same protections have been extended to gays and lesbians — but transgender people are subject to discharge. We hear what it's like to serve when your identity is in question.

Also, the House rejects a trade bill in a huge defeat for President Obama. On today's Talking Point, the GOP is struggling to weed out a crowd of presidential candidates. Now the party's Straw Poll has come to an end in Iowa — and Republicans in New Hampshire don't want Fox News using Gallup to decide who gets to participate in the first debate. 

Photo: Defense Secretary Ash Carter delivers the keynote address during the Defense Department's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month ceremony at the Pentagon, June 8, 2015.

More:
American Medical Association on transgender individuals and the military
New York Times editorial on allowing transgender troops to serve openly

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody

House Rejects Trade Bill in Huge Defeat for Obama 6 MIN, 30 SEC

President Obama has just suffered a stinging defeat today from his own party -- even after he went to Capitol Hill to lobby Democrats on behalf of free trade authority in the Pacific. Reid Wilson is chief political correspondent for Morning Consult, a political newsletter.

Guests:
Reid Wilson, The Hill (@PoliticsReid)

More:
Trade Adjustment Assitance
Trade Promotion Authority
Pelosi's press conference on trade

The Armed Forces and Gender Identity 33 MIN, 9 SEC

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was repealed four years ago.  This Tuesday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter extended the full range of discrimination protections to gays and lesbians. It's been a long time coming. But some 15,000 transgender troops are not included, often despite years of distinguished service — including combat. Many are recognized for who they are by their comrades and their commanders, but officially they are not "fit to serve." We hear about a historic moment—and who's being left behind.

Guests:
Ernesto Londoño, New York Times (@londonoe)
Sue Felton, SPARTA (@suefulton )
Robert Scales, US Army (retired)
Jennifer, US Army

The Death of the Iowa Straw Poll 10 MIN, 8 SEC

As next year's presidential campaign begins to get serious, the Democrats are looking for competition to Hillary Clinton, while the Republicans have too many candidates to fit on the same stage. The latest obstacle to winnowing the Republican presidential field is cancellation of the Iowa Straw Poll. Since 1979, it's been part of the early action for the GOP. But it's been discontinued — for lack of interest. Ron Brownstein is editorial director of the National Journal Group.

Guests:
Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Media / National Journal Group (@RonBrownstein)

More:
Brownstein on Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and the 'legacy trap'

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