FROM Caitlin Emma
White House Issues Transgender Bathroom Rules for Schools The Obama Administration has stepped into the battle over the use of bathrooms by transgender students. Letters to schools across the country threaten the loss of education funding by the federal government. Dan Patrick, Lieutenant Governor of Texas, responded this morning on CNN , "We will not be blackmailed by the President's 30 pieces of silver… He’s not going to own our children… We will not sell out our government. And the state of Texas will find a way." Caitlin Emma is education reporter for Politico .
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.