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View of razor ribbon encirling San Quentin prison. Photo: Kim Kulish / Getty Images

A transgender woman being held at an all-male prison in Massachusetts filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday asking the state to transfer her to a women's facility, per the Boston Globe. The inmate, who has lived as a woman and received hormone therapy for almost 40 years, alleges that she has been routinely harassed by male inmates and lives in fear of being attacked.

Why it matters: If successful, the inmate would become the first transgender woman to be placed in a Massachusetts prison with other women.

More on the lawsuit: The inmate, who is serving a three-to-four year sentence for a nonviolent drug offense, said she was told she couldn't be moved to a woman's prison unless she has genital surgery. She also detailed accounts of being forced to shower in the view of male prisoners, who "crowd into the bathroom excitedly" to watch, and undergo strip searches by male correctional officers "who routinely grope her breasts," according to the suit.The big picture: The suit has also reignited a debate that has plagued the Justice Department for years. The DOJ currently stipulates that the placement of transgender inmates be determined on a case-by-case basis. But most states, including Massachusetts, assign inmates based on their anatomy, not their gender identity.

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North Korean state media claims the country's military fired this missile on Tuesday. Photo: Korean Central News Agency

North Korean state media announced that a detected ballistic missile launch off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed weapon test-fired from a submarine.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches into the sea happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is offering progressives a trade: He'll vote for their cherished social programs if they accept strict income caps for the recipients, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s plan to use so-called means-testing for everything from paid family medical leave to elder and disabled care would drastically shrink the size and scope of the programs. It also would bring a key moderate vote to the progressive cause.

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Nick Burns. Photo: Chen Mengtong/China News Service via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee for ambassador to China will face aggressive questioning Wednesday about the most important, and potentially perilous, bilateral relationship in the world.

Why it matters: While Nick Burns is an experienced diplomat with support on both sides of the aisle, lawmakers want to use his confirmation hearing to force the administration into some tough positions on China.