In the Obama administration, gender identity should trump biological sex in K-12 schools, but not in the U.S. military.
The Pentagon has released a new instruction manual detailing that transgender service members must undergo sex change transition to be officially recognized by their "preferred gender" in the military.
After the Department of Defense announced last month that it had lifted a ban against transgender individuals serving openly in the military, the department issued a comprehensive step-by-step protocol titled "In-Service Transition for Transgender Service Members." The directive goes into effect on Oct. 1. more >>
ISTANBUL/ANKARA — Turkey vowed to root out allies of the U.S.-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary on Tuesday to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities.
Around 50,000 soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have been suspended or detained since the coup attempt, stirring tensions across the country of 80 million which borders Syria.
"This parallel terrorist organization will no longer be an effective pawn for any country," Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, referring to what the government has long alleged is a state within a state controlled by followers of Fethullah Gulen. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative law group that advocates for Christians who are being persecuted worldwide, has presented a five-point action plan to defeat the Islamic State terror group.
ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow said in a statement that the "world is at war" following the deadly terror attacks in Nice, France, last week, where 84 people, including two Americans, were killed. He noted that jihadists who have been organized or linked to IS and radical Islam have carried out massacres in France, Belgium, Turkey, and have also hit the U.S., with the attacks in San Bernardino and Orlando.
Leaders on the Democratic Platform Committee met in Orlando last week to approve the final draft of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform, finalizing a platform process that the party itself calls the "the most representative and inclusive in history."
For some, including Brooking Institution's William Galston, the 2016 final draft signifies a "sharp left turn" for the party platform and indicates that Hillary Clinton's Democratic Party "is not Bill Clinton's Democratic Party."
The platform supports a number of proposals supported by both Clinton, the presumptive presidential nominee, and her main competitor in the primaries, the self-proclaimed "Democratic socialist" Bernie Sanders. more >>
UPDATE: 9:50 AM ET: A total of 2,839 members of Turkey's military have been detained in connection with an attempted coup overnight, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday, adding that those detained included ordinary soldiers and high-ranking officers.
Yildirim, in a news conference in the capital Ankara, said the situation was fully under control and that "our commanders" were in charge of the military. He called on Turkish citizens to fill town and city squares with flags on Saturday evening and said parliament would meet at 1200 GMT to discuss the attempt. more >>
NICE, France — An attacker plowed a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the French Riviera, killing at least 84 people, 10 of them children, in what President Francois Hollande called a terrorist act by an enemy determined to strike all nations that share France's values.
The driver, identified by police sources as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian resident in France, also appeared to open fire before officers shot him dead. He was known to the police in connection with common crimes such as theft and violence but was not on the watch list of French intelligence services, the sources said.
The third mass killing in Western Europe in eight months caused more fear across an already anxious continent struggling with security challenges from mass immigration, open borders and pockets of Islamist radicalism. more >>