The Note: Transgender troops in turmoil after Trump bans them


  • Senators from both parties will begin a “vote-a-rama” today on various amendments to a health care repeal plan. Another version, dubbed “skinny repeal” that would strike some parts of the law and leave others intact, is also under consideration by Senate Republicans.
  • Senate Republicans again failed to pass their latest attempt at a health care overhaul. The most recent bill, which would have repealed the Affordable Care Act and given lawmakers two years to come up with a replacement, was voted down 45-55.
  • Newly named White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci wrote in a now-deleted cryptic tweet Wednesday night that he would be contacting the FBI about a “leak” of his financial disclosure form. Scaramucci tagged White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in the tweet but denied that he was implying he wanted the FBI to look into any Priebus role in the “leak.” It was also unclear whether the documents were actually leaked.
  • Washington was again caught off guard when President Trump announced that the U.S. military would no longer “accept and allow transgender individuals” to serve “in any capacity.” A Department of Defense spokesman referred all questions to the White House but press secretary Sarah Sanders offered few details about how the policy would be implemented.
  • Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center Tuesday, the hospital said in a statement, nearly six weeks after he and three others were shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • THE TAKE with ABC News’ MaryAlice Parks

    Once again, President Donald Trump does business his own way, regardless of how his hasty actions affect people’s lives. The president’s tweet banning transgender Americans in the armed services left thousands of active-military members in a lurch and his Cabinet out to dry. His staff was clearly blindsided and shockingly unable to answer basic questions about how such a…

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