Defense Secretary Ash Carter's historic decision to let transgender troops serve openly started a 90-day clock that the services will use to figure out how to implement the new policy.
But one advocate for transgender rights said that the services have largely already written their implementation plan and that Carter's announcement leaves very little open for interpretation.
"The services have written their plans, they're ready to go," said A
The U.S. national debt is creeping up again, after holding steady for the last few months thanks to the annual flood of individual and corporate tax receipts.
Total government debt hit a record $19.38 trillion on Thursday, up nearly $98 billion from the day before.
Two senior Islamic State commanders were killed in coalition airstrikes near Mosul, Iraq on June 25, the Pentagon confirmed Friday.
The Islamic State's deputy minister of war, Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari, and military commander in Mosul, Hatim Talib al-Hamduni, were killed, according to a Pentagon official.
"These deaths are the latest in coalition efforts to systemically eliminate ISIL's cabinet wherever they hide, disrupting their abilit
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As many as nine Islamic State militants opened gunfire at a bakery Friday night inside the diplomatic zone of Dhaka, Bangladesh before taking 40 people hostage.
The terrorists killed two police officers and wounded 26 other people before taking 40 hostages inside the Holey Artisan Bakery building and yelling "Allahu Akbar," the Associated Press reported.
Ten of the 26 wounded have been listed critical condition, six of whom are on
Donald Trump set a new record Friday. The presumptive Republican nominee was cited 35 times in the Democratic Party's platform, more than any other GOP nominee in recent years.
In 2012, Massachusetts Gov.
Marvel debuted an amorphous, villainous version of Donald Trump in "Spider-Gwen Annual #1."
The Marvel villain M.O.D.O.K (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) — a giant head with arms, legs and a thirst for destruction — was reimagined in the Spider-Gwen universe as the presumptive GOP nominee.
In his inaugural panel, M.O.D.A.A.K (Mental Organism Designed as America's King), the Trump-faced being says, "If America will not act, M.O.O.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour berated a pro-Brexit British politician for nine minutes this week, scoffing at her guest as she accused him of holding positions he said he has never held.
Amanpour, who linked the U.K. vote to xenophobia five times during her Brexit coverage last week, was so aggressive with Daniel Hannan, a conservative member of the European Parliament and enthusiastic supporter of the U.K.'s decision to withdraw from the European Union, that their exc
Donald Trump will spend part of his Fourth of July weekend with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, driving speculation that the respected conservative governor is under consideration for the vice presidential slot.
A draft of the Democratic Party platform released on Friday shies away from Bernie Sanders' calls to promote support for the Palestinian right to statehood, aligning the party more close with Hillary Clinton's rhetoric about the state of Israel.
The document condemns the movement to boycott, divest and sanction Israel as well as any foreign nation that attempts to harm the Jewish state, stating that America should "ensure that Israel always has the ability to d
The Democratic Party supports using the long arm of government to prosecute companies who commit fraud by not disclosing the risks posed by climate change.
The party detailed its climate and energy positions Friday in a draft platform document issued weeks ahead of its convention that will be held later this month in Philadelphia.
"All corporations owe it to their shareholders to fully analyze and disclose the risks they face, including climate risk,
Democrats have backed an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour in a draft version of their official 2016 party platform.
The party platform, released Friday night, favors raising the minimum wage, currently set at $7.25 an hour at the federal level, to $15 and indexing it to inflation, while also raising the lower minimum rate for tipped workers.
The mimum-wage plank is a victory for progressives who have pushed for a higher wage floor.
Bill Clinton mostly escaped criticism this week after meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, which caused major optical problems for an Obama administration that may be struggling with how to handle a possible indictment recommendation for Hillary Clinton over her private email system.
Republicans and the media have focused on Lynch's judgment for agreeing to the meeting, since she is overseeing the ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton.
Stock-footage company Dissolve is mocking presidential candidate advertisements with their own generic TV ad for a fake candidate.
Promising to help realize an "American America," the generic candidate says in a voiceover of the mock political advertisement, "My record shows that I can construct a narrative by keeping the details pretty vague.
A draft of the Democratic Party platform released on Friday refused to take a stand on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal that has been one of the most divisive issues in the bitter primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Sen.
A draft of the Democratic Party platform shies away from Bernie Sanders' proposal to turn Medicare into a single-payer healthcare system.
The draft platform released Friday instead looks to expand on Obamacare, reflecting the position of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.
"We will keep costs down by making premiums more affordable, reducing out-of-pocket expenses and capping prescription drug costs," a draft of the platform said.
The Democratic party's platform calls for Congress to pass a new Islamic State-specific authorization for the use of military force, an effort that has been unable to get traction on Capitol Hill for nearly two years.
The draft of the platform, which was posted online on Friday, says the Democratic party will work to defeat the Islamic State, al Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups using local ground forces.
A leading political action committee supporting Hillary Clinton's presidential bid returned nearly a quarter-million dollars in donations on Friday due to a contributor's ties to the federal government.
Priorities USA, which raised more $12 million for the former secretary of state in May alone, returned $200,000 to Suffolk Construction upon learning that the construction management firm was under contract with the Department of Defense.
Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Friday defended Attorney General Loretta Lynch for meeting with former President Bill Clinton on his parked private plane at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport earlier this week.
Perez, a long-time friend to Lynch, insisted during his interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd that the meeting was "not planned in advance" and was adamant the two parties ran into each other on the tarmac.
Hillary Clinton's campaign is currently on the hunt for a Democrat to officially put her name in for the nomination at the convention in Philadelphia, and they're turning to her supporters for help.
On Friday, the campaign officially launched a contest where individuals can apply via video submission to be the person who formally nominates Clinton from the convention floor.
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DENVER — Donald Trump isn't your standard conservative Republican, but on one issue he did his best to sound like one while addressing the Western Conservative Summit on Friday: judges.
Trump's biggest applause lines with this socially conservative crowd came when he talked about appointing judges who will uphold the Constitution.
The presumptive Republican nominee pointed to his list of possible Supreme Court nominees, which was well received by cons
Rep. Alan Grayson believes Vice President Joe Biden's endorsement of his opponent in the Florida Democratic Senate primary was a case of mistaken identity.
"I'm absolutely certain of it," Grayson, a progressive Democrat, told the Tampa Bay Times.
Grayson is trailing in the primary against Rep.
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf is disputing a federal payment database that shows he received a financial benefit from a major drugmaker while on a trip last year.
According to agency records, Califf received $363 last year from pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline for lodging and food expenses, a benefit that could be a violation of agency policy.
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump argued Friday that former President Bill Clinton "opened up a Pandora's box" by meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch earlier in the week in Phoenix.
Trump, who was speaking at the Western Conservatives Summit in Denver, openly wondered to attendees if the former president and Lynch were really discussing golf and grandchildren, as Lynch suggested.
Washington Post opinion writer Jonathan Capehart said Friday that he sympathizes with Attorney General Loretta Lynch as she works to tamp down controversy over her recent meeting with former president Bill Clinton.
After interviewing Lynch, Capehart said on MSNBC that she has a "solid gold reputation," but that she "found herself" in an uncomfortable situation.
"It's not that she's worried about her reputation for judgement and inte
The State Department said publicly on Friday that Russian officials are lying about several incidents between U.S. diplomats and Russian security officers, but refused to be more specific, and said the U.S. wants to handle the problem without involving the press.
"We've seen several comments by Russian officials over the last several days, which they know all too well are inaccurate," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin told the Western Conservative Summit Friday that you're either voting for presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump or you're a "R.A.T."
It's her acronym for "Republicans Against Trump," which is what she prefers to "Never Trump.
Hillary Clinton raised a record $40.5 million for her campaign in June and $28 million for state parties, entering July with over $44 million on hand.
The large fundraising haul comes after two months of raising $28 million and $26.4 million, respectively.