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HUD proposes rollback of transgender protections at homeless shelters

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed a change to its Equal Access Rule on Wednesday that would weaken Obama-era protections for homeless transgender people, allowing HUD-funded shelters to deny people admission on religious grounds or force transgender people to share bathrooms and sleeping quarters.

Why it matters: This is the latest in a string of measures implemented by the Trump administration intended to reduce protections for transgender Americans. An LGBTQ advocate told The Washington Post, it signifies an “escalation of the Trump administration’s broader plan to erase transgender people from federal regulations and legal interpretations."

Ben Carson's $40,000 furniture order broke the law

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson
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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson broke the law when he ordered a $31,561 dining set and a $8,812 dishwasher for his federal office and failed to report it, according to a report published on Thursday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

The backdrop: Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) described the situation as "another example of the Trump administration trying to cast aside the law if it doesn't suit them," per Politico. Carson reportedly canceled the table order in early 2018 when the news first broke, and assigned responsibility to his wife for placing the order in the first place. GAO said HUD officials plan to assemble a task force to "improve ... internal procedures."