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President Trump today signed Take Two of his travel ban — designed to satisfy the objections of federal courts to the first version. There were official pictures of the signing, but no reporters allowed. Three cabinet members made statements to reporters — the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Sessions and the other cabinet members offered no details of the new order, and took no questions. Julia Ainsley, who reports from Washington for Reuters, says the new order should help avoid chaos and confusion at airports -- and shake up the court cases against the original ban.
President Trump is reportedly outraged at his staff because the political flap over false statements about Russian officials just won't go away. At the same time, he's added to all the drama with early-morning tweets of unverified charges that former President Obama "wiretapped" Trump Tower. FBI Director James Comey has raised the ante by asking the Justice Department to refute that claim—by the new President who's kept him in office. Today, cabinet members unveiled the amended version of his controversial travel ban. But the Trump agenda faces stiff competition for public attention.
Molly O'Toole, freelance journalist covering global migration, refugees, and national security (@mollymotoole)
Tim Weiner, journalist and author (@TimWeinerAuthor)
Andrey Kortunov, Russian International Affairs Council (@Russian_Council)
Mark Schrad, Villanova University (@vodkapolitics)
This month, the US Supreme court was scheduled to hear the appeal of a lower court decision allowing transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identities. It was based in part on guidance from the Obama Administration. The Trump Administration has withdrawn support, and that was enough to delay the action.
We hear from Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times, and Josh Block, senior attorney at the ACLU's LGBT Project and lead counsel for 17-year old transgender high school student Gavin Grimm.
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