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Trump rescinds transgender protections

On Feb. 22, President Donald Trump rescinded Obama administration guidelines to protect transgender people and allow them to use the bathroom matching their gender identity nationwide. Obama first enacted these protections in May 2016 after the explosive debate surrounding a North Carolina law forcing transgender students to comply with their birth assigned gender. The Obama…

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Trump bans entrance from seven majority-Muslim countries

On Jan. 27, President Trump temporarily banned travel from seven majority-Muslim countries via executive order. The order prevents Syrian refugees from entering the United States for 120 days and blocks entrance from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Refugees, students, visitors and green card holders were detained at airports across the country. Trump claimed that…

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Trump signs executive order to move forward on Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL

On Jan. 24, Donald Trump signed an executive order pushing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines forward into action, despite the Obama administration’s efforts to block both projects over environmental and economic concerns. President Trump dismissed Obama’s policy and sealed a campaign promise with this executive order, which allows for both projects to be expedited…

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President Obama pardons Chelsea Manning in one of last moves in office

On Jan. 17, former President Obama granted clemency to Chelsea Manning, a transgender woman formerly known as Bradley. The army private leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks and was originally sentenced to 35 years in prison, but will now be released in May. Manning’s sentence was the longest of anyone who has been incarcerated for leaking information…

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Trump assigns son-in-law as senior advisor, sparks controversy with federal law

Earlier this month, President-elect Donald Trump announced that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will join the White House as a senior advisor to the president, potentially breaking a federal anti-nepotism law designed to prevent public officials from appointing family members to public office. According to Trump, Kushner played a key role throughout his campaign, stating “Jared…

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Charleston Awaits Obama’s Last State of the Union and Candidate Invasion

As the nation prepares to hear President Obama deliver his final State of the Union address tonight at 9:00 p.m., Charleston residents are gearing up for a week at the eye of the campaign-trail storm. President Obama will give his seventh and final speech to Congress and the country tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET. Presidents…

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