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Trump speech highlights immigration, war on terror

Carryn Owens

WASHINGTON — Discussions of immigration, terrorism and health care were among the highlights of President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress Feb. 28. The hour-long address included no mention of abortion, so-called homosexual and transgender rights or …

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Texas conservatives take on transgender restroom fight

Dan Patrick

The spotlight of the transgender debate is about to shine bright on Texas, where conservative lawmakers are bracing to continue the fight started in North Carolina last year. The Texas legislature introduced a bill last month requiring all government facilities, …

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Will high court still hear transgender restroom case?

gender identity

New directive for schools on single-sex facilities creates uncertainty for upcoming Supreme Court arguments. A Supreme Court case on transgender access to school restrooms and locker rooms could still go forward next month, even though the Trump administration announced on Feb. 22 …

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Trump rescinds transgender bathroom order

gender-neutral bathroom

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has reversed an Obama-era directive that advised schools to open bathrooms and locker rooms to students based on their perceived sexual identity or risk losing federal funding. The new ruling leaves bathroom use policies to …

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Congress fails to act on assisted suicide

WASHINGTON — Physician-assisted suicide officially has a new home in the wake of congressional inaction, and its proponents are pushing more jurisdictions to legalize the lethal practice. The District of Columbia’s Death With Dignity Act went into effect Feb. 18 …

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Family Christian Stores closing after 85 years

Family Christian Stores

Family Christian Stores, which filed for bankruptcy protection two years ago, has announced it is closing after 85 years. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company employed more than 3,000 people in 240 retail sites across 36 states. It was considered the world’s …

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Texas blocked from defunding Planned Parenthood

Cecile Richards

WASHINGTON — Texas is the latest state to suffer a judicial setback in its effort to eliminate government funds for Planned Parenthood. Federal Judge Sam Sparks of Austin, in a Feb. 21 ruling, blocked enforcement of a December decision by …

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Unlikely allies unite to fight transgender restroom access

The debate about transgender restroom access has forged unlikely allies. The conservative Family Policy Alliance (FPA) and the self-described “radical feminist” Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), co-filed a brief with the Supreme Court opposing efforts to allow transgender students to use …

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