The Daily 202 | Analysis
Growing GOP backlash on transgender ban underscores Trump’s miscalculation
Most Republicans in the Capitol tried hard to avoid reacting at all to President Trump’s surprise announcement, and their silence spoke volumes about the degree to which they don’t think the transgender ban in the military is a political winner.
By James Hohmann  •  Read more »
Pentagon has made no change yet to transgender policy, says nation’s top military officer
An internal letter sent to the heads of the military branches said the secretary of defense must first issue a plan for how the policy change would be implemented.
By Thomas Gibbons-Neff  •  Read more »
Senate GOP leaders work to round up votes for scaled-back health-care overhaul
Republicans across the political spectrum appeared increasingly open to supporting a “skinny repeal” that would abolish the individual and employer insurance mandates, eliminate funds for preventative health care, and provide flexibility in how states administer Medicaid programs.
By Juliet Eilperin, Sean Sullivan and Kelsey Snell  •  Read more »
Trump administration, intervening in major LGBT case, says civil rights law does not cover sexual orientation
The Justice Department argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not bar job discrimination based on sexual orientation, only that it covers discrimination on the basis of sex.
By Fred Barbash  •  Read more »
She thought she was Irish — until a DNA test exposed a 100-year-old mix-up
Alice Collins Plebuch’s decision to conduct the test “just for fun” upended her family tree and posed a fundamental question about her very identity.
By Libby Copeland  •  Read more »
Scaramucci: ‘If Reince wants to explain that he’s not a leaker, let him do that’
White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said that he didn’t know if his relationship with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus could be repaired.
By Jenna Johnson  •  Read more »
The Fix | Analysis
Republicans start drawing red lines to keep Trump from firing Sessions and Mueller
Sens. Charles E. Grassley and Lindsey O. Graham say they’ll take concrete steps to prevent the removal of the attorney general or special counsel.
By Aaron Blake  •  Read more »
Wonkblog | Analysis
Foxconn deal to build massive factory in Wisconsin could cost the state $230,700 per worker
The electronics giant’s new factory will span 20 million square feet, and Wisconsin will shell out serious cash for it, if all goes according to Gov. Scott Walker’s plan, which is considered a victory for Walker and President Trump.
By Danielle Paquette  •  Read more »
Boy Scouts leader apologizes for Trump speech’s ‘political rhetoric’
The apology was a change from the Scouts’ earlier statement about the president’s speech, in which he broke tradition in his appearance at a jamboree by criticizing his political opponents, recounting his election victory, and talking about parties on yachts.
By David A. Fahrenthold  •  Read more »
Trump may veto Russia sanctions bill that seeks to restrain his power
Communications chief Anthony Scaramuccui says that the president might want to push for “an even tougher deal.”
By Karoun Demirjian  •  Read more »
Do you really need to take the full course of antibiotics? Some doctors don’t think so.
The question of how people use antibiotics is one of the most critical issues facing modern medicine.
By Ariana Eunjung Cha  •  Read more »
‘Honey, you’ve been scammed’: Woman loses her home of 30 years to California scam artists
Barbara Barkley planned to live in her Chesapeake, Va., home for the rest of her life. That plan came crashing down when a man on a motorcycle delivered a foreclosure notice.
By Rachel Weiner  •  Read more »