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Gary Cohn to meet with top climate ministers from around world

Gary Cohn pauses during a television interview at the White House. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

Gary Cohn, Trump's top economic adviser, will convene a meeting with senior climate and energy ministers from around the world ahead of next week's UN General Assembly meeting, the NYT reports.

Early last month, the administration hinted in a letter that it might not pull out of the Paris climate accord, noting the U.S. "intends to exercise its right to withdraw from the agreement…unless the United States identifies suitable terms for re-engagement."

Our thought bubble: This is the first sign Trump's rhetoric about renegotiating the deal could translate into action. Since Trump announced his intention to withdraw in June, administration officials haven't indicated whether that was mostly rhetoric or a genuine precursor to negotiations.

The meeting is framed as "an informal exchange of views,' and a White House official told the NYT it's intended to help the Trump administration find a way to fulfill Trump's pledge to reduce emissions without harming the economy.

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Trump: Transgender people "disqualified" from the military

SecDef Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images

President Trump late Friday issued an order disqualifying most transgender people from serving in the military.

"[T]ransgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

Why it matters: Anything short of an inclusive policy for transgender troops will be viewed as a continuation of the ban Trump announced on Twitter in August.

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Both Bush and Obama also requested line item veto power

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President Trump tweeted on Friday evening that to avoid having "this omnibus situation from ever happening again," he wants Congress to re-instate "a line-item veto."

Why it matters: This would allow him to veto specific parts of a bill without getting rid of the entire thing. Trump was deeply unhappy with the $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress early Friday morning, but signed it anyway on Friday afternoon.