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Justice Dept. seeking info on Planned Parenthood's fetal tissue practices

Participants in the International Gift of Life Walk, a pro-Life, anti-abortion event in New York, New York.
Participants in the International Gift of Life Walk, a pro-Life, anti-abortion event in New York, New York. Photo: Rainmaker Photo/MediaPunch/IPX

The Department of Justice has asked the Senate Judiciary Committee for materials concerning research into fetal tissue, in an indication the department is moving to investigate Planned Parenthood, according to the Daily Beast. Republicans on the Judiciary Committee released a report in 2016 about Planned Parenthood's contracts with biomedical research corporations, and questioned if the corporations "profited from their disbursement of fetal tissue."

Why it matters: Pro-life activists have long pushed for an investigation into Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood said in a statement, "These accusations are baseless, and a part of a widely discredited attempt to end access to reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has never, and would never, profit while facilitating its patients' choice to donate fetal tissue for use in important medical research."

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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

Donald Trump.
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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.