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Transgender soldiers say ban will backfire, but Pentagon defends policy

Transgender troops face an uncertain future awaiting a final court ruling on the Trump Administration's ban of transgender troops enlisting or being booted after they are diagnosed. ... Read more»

Anxiety & uncertainty for Az's transgender troops after Supreme Court ruling

A recent Supreme Court ruling is considered a major setback for transgender servicemembers, as well as a hindrance to the future of transgender individuals in the military.... Read more»

Ducey welcomes Trump plan to send National Guard troops to border

The Homeland Security secretary said her agency is working with governors to send National Guard troops to the southern border as quickly as possible. Despite the lack of details, Gov. Ducey tweeted out his support for the plan, saying that “Arizona welcomes the deployment of National Guard to the border.”... Read more»

Flake, Kaine renew call for Congress to weigh in on ongoing military strikes

When Congress first authorized military action against terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Jeff Flake was a freshman in the House and Tim Kaine was still mayor of Richmond. Today, both are U.S. senators and the county is still waging war under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force – a vote they say it’s time to revisit.... Read more»

Sunshine Week

Advocates say First Amendment can withstand Trump attacks

As journalism marks its annual Sunshine Week, free speech advocates called the Trump administration the most hostile to the press in memory. They listed a wide range of potential dangers, from legal action to encouraging distrust and even violence. At the same time, advocates say that the media, at least on legal issues, is well positioned to withstand Trump and that the First Amendment is stronger than ever.... Read more»

Trump’s Defense secretary cites climate change as national security challenge

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has asserted that climate change is real, and a threat to American interests abroad and the Pentagon’s assets everywhere, a position that appears at odds with the views of the president who appointed him and many in the administration in which he serves.... Read more»

America’s solar soldiers

They're some of the country's most important environmental activists, poised to change the way we create, consume and conceive of energy. But you won't find this cadre of green preachers on a college campus, or emceeing the Sierra Club's annual meeting; they're behind the guarded walls of the Pentagon.... Read more»1