FROM Abby Phillip
The role of transgender people in the military President Trump tweeted this morning that transgender people would no longer be allowed to serve in the US military. Thousands of transgender troops are in the military right now. The numbers are unclear because they have only been allowed to serve openly since June 2016. Sage Fox was the first transgender person to serve openly in the military, starting in 2013.
South Carolina Lawmakers Agree to Remove Confederate Flag South Carolina's House of Representatives argued into the wee hours this morning before voting to remove the Confederate Flag from the state capitol grounds. What finally appeared to turn the tide was an emotional appeal from a descendent of Jefferson Davis, who was President of the Confederacy. Jenny Horne, a Republican from a suburb of Charleston, proclaimed, "I cannot believe that do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful, such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday." Abby Phillip is reporting the story for the Washington Post . Special thanks to Paul von Zielbauer for production assistance.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.