Troop Ban Lifted

2018 brings the end of the long-time ban on transgender troops in the military.

As of January first, openly transgender people can enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. The main requirement is certification from a medical provider, verifying the individual must have gone 18 months without “clinically significant distress or impairment.” Supporters say it’s a landmark moment for American equality and will deliver a much-needed boost in enrollment. In mid-2017, the White House unsuccessfully…

Presidential Town Hall

President Obama discusses his new strategy to help fight ISIS at a town hall event in Virginia.

  Six-hundred additional troops. President Obama’s plan to help fight ISIS features sending more manpower to Iraq to help re-capture key cities from ISIS. That, combined with a focus on fighting home-grown terrorism, but with the distinction between Muslims and radical Islam. The President is wary of sending extra U.S. forces to Iraq to avoid excessive casualties; the announced reinforcements…