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The Defense Department approved a new policy on Tuesday after a prolonged legal conflict that dramatically limits transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex, ordering members of the military to serve as the gender they were born, the AP reports.

Details: Though the new policy — required to go into effect in 30 days — does not go as far as President Trump's proposed transgender ban, it is anticipated the military will discharge transgender people in need of hormone treatment or surgery. Per a memo outlining the new ruling, by April 12, "a service member can be discharged based on a diagnosis of gender dysphoria if he or she is 'unable or unwilling to adhere to all applicable standards, including the standards associated with his or her biological sex, or seek[ing] transition to another gender.'" The memo also provides guidelines for discharging service members based on the new policy.

Why now: The AP reports that the Pentagon was able to pursue the policy now, following the reversal of the final legal injunction blocking the transgender rule last week. However, the restrictions are expected to face continued backlash.

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Between the lines: For fringe organizers, those platforms may provide more security than open social networks, but they make it harder to recruit new members.

Resurrecting Martin Luther King's office

King points to Selma, Alabama on a map at his Southern Christian Leadership Conference office in Atlanta in January 1965. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Contributor

Efforts to save the office where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., planned some of the most important moments of the civil rights movement are hitting roadblocks amid a political stalemate.

Why it matters: The U.S. Park Service needs to OK agreements so a developer restoring the historic Prince Hall Masonic Lodge in Atlanta — which once housed King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference — can tap into private funding and begin work.

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Episode 4: Trump turns on Barr

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 4: Trump torches what is arguably the most consequential relationship in his Cabinet.

Attorney General Bill Barr stood behind a chair in the private dining room next to the Oval Office, looming over Donald Trump. The president sat at the head of the table. It was Dec. 1, nearly a month after the election, and Barr had some sharp advice to get off his chest. The president's theories about a stolen election, Barr told Trump, were "bullshit."