It’s been quite the week in Washington already, and it’s only Wednesday. News broke that Rex Tillerson is taking time off amid rumors of a rift with the President. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to announce several criminal investigations into leaks, at the behest of President Trump who earlier admonished him on Twitter. Trump’s tweets also inspired a group of Republican congressmen to file an amendment completely changing the language and goal of a House bill seeking information about Comey’s firing.
Elsewhere from the Department of Are You Kidding Me? This morning, President Trump abruptly changed federal policy via Twitter, declaring that transgender individuals would be barred from serving in the U.S. military. Trump cited the relatively small cost of trans medical care as the reason for the sudden change in military policy — the same military that has spent $84.24 million on erectile dysfunction drugs. That is ten times the amount it would cost to care for transgender servicepeople.
The White House’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, has another thing in common with his new boss: he too failed to divest before accepting his new Washington, D.C. gig.
Democrats of the Senate are preparing to introduce a bill to ban a pesticide linked to brain damage.
If you care about the separation of church and state, this year’s spending bill might be worth paying attention to.
— Sarah Dugan, a volunteer at the last abortion clinic in Kentucky, where a ThinkProgress reporter has been documenting its fight to remain open.