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Trump’s Twitter Policymaking Jeopardizes Transgender Troops

July 28, 2017

On Wednesday, President Trump announced in a series of three tweets that the United States military will no longer allow transgender people to serve “in any capacity” on the grounds that transgender troops cause the military to “be burdened with tremendous medical costs and disruption.”

Transgender people have only been allowed to serve openly in the Armed Forces since last year, when the Obama administration...

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Christie Strikes Child Marriage Bill, Cites Religious Freedom

May 18, 2017

Last week, New Jersey governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a bill banning child marriage without exception—a bill which would have been the first of its kind in the United States. Christie cited religious freedom as a key reason for his refusal to sign the bill.

Although the legal marriage age is 18 across the U.S., every state has options for underage youth to wed. In New Jersey, children 15 and under need judicial approval to marry, while children ages 16 and 17 need only a parent’s...

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"Brexit" Decision Highlights Britain's National Identity Crisis

"Brexit" Decision Highlights Britain's National Identity Crisis

June 28, 2016

In a rare referendum held Thursday, Britain voted to leave the European Union. Shortened to “Brexit” as a signifier for “British exit,” the decision rested on a thin margin, with 17.4 million “leave” votes narrowly outpacing 16.1 million “remain” votes.

Britain’s decision to leave the EU is the beginning of a two-year-long negotiation process wherein the nation will determine the terms of its split from the 28-member union, which aids trade, immigration, and regional development for its member countries.

While the long-term effects of the split remain speculation as the...

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