Apr 17, 2019

Naval Academy to ban transgender students starting next year

U.S. Naval Academy graduates. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The U.S. Naval Academy confirmed to the Capital Gazette this week that it will prohibit transgender students from enrolling in the 2020-2021 school year and beyond, following a Trump administration policy that went into effect last week, banning transgender military personnel.

Details: The school, located in Annapolis, Maryland, currently accepts transgender students and has retained midshipmen who intended to transition over the course of their education. This has fallen under an Obama-era policy that allowed them to serve in the military openly and cover gender affirmation surgery expenses. President Trump rolled back the 2016 policy, forbidding new military recruits from transitioning and allowing the military to discharge those currently serving if they do not present as their birth gender.

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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