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Rep. Jim Banks. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Twitter suspended the account of Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) Saturday after he intentionally misgendered Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, the first openly transgender Senate-confirmed federal official, a spokesperson for the platform told Axios.

What they're saying: "The account referenced has been temporarily locked for violating our Hateful Conduct Policy," the spokesperson wrote. "The account owner is required to delete the violative Tweet before regaining access to their account."

  • Twitter updated its policy in 2018 to prohibit the "targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals."

Driving the news: Levine was sworn in last week as the admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, making her the nation's first openly transgender four-star officer and first female four-star admiral.

  • Reacting to the news on Twitter, Banks wrote that the historic honor had been taken by a "man," per NBC News.

Banks railed against the suspension on his personal account, tweeting that he had written a "statement of FACT" and that "Big Tech must be held accountable!"

  • The Indiana representative said he'll be tweeting from his personal account from now on: "I won’t back down."

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Ina Fried, author of Login
Nov 16, 2021 - Sports

Olympics changes guidance for transgender and intersex athletes

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday announced a new framework for transgender athletes, as well as those born with intersex conditions that foregoes a "one-size-fits-all" approach in favor of encouraging each sport's governing body to come up with appropriate policies.

Why it matters: The first openly transgender athletes competed in the Tokyo Olympics, 17 years after the IOC first set rules allowing for participation, while several female athletes saw themselves excluded from the Olympic Games on the basis of their natural testosterone levels.

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Scoop: Iran preparing to enrich weapons-grade uranium, Israel warns U.S.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi holds a press conference. Photo: Presidency of Iran handout via Getty

Israel has shared intelligence over the past two weeks with the U.S. and several European allies suggesting that Iran is taking technical steps to prepare to enrich uranium to 90% purity — the level needed to produce a nuclear weapon, two U.S. sources briefed on the issue tell me.

Why it matters: Enriching to 90% would bring Iran closer than ever to the nuclear threshold. The Israeli warnings come as nuclear talks resume in Vienna, with Iran returning to the negotiating table on Monday after a five-month hiatus.

Biden: Fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns"

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Monday said that the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, is "a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."

Driving the news: Biden said later this week the administration will be releasing a strategy on how "we're going to fight COVID this winter. Not with shutdowns or lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more."