Trump administration rolls back transgender student bathroom protections

Trump administration rolls back transgender student bathroom protections

The Guardian

US withdrew guidance stating federal law requires transgender students to have unfettered access to bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity

In a move that could embolden many schools, the departments of justice and education on Wednesday withdrew a piece of guidance stating that federal law requires transgender students to have unfettered access to bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity.

Related: ‘Bathroom bills’ planned in eight states despite furor in North Carolina

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Poetry, love and psychosis: can writing help us come to terms with mental illness?

Poetry, love and psychosis: can writing help us come to terms with mental illness?

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In hospital in 1972, Paula Keogh fell in love with the poet Michael Dransfield. In her new memoir she captures the voice of her illness and the man she loved

Paula Keogh never intended to write about her relationship with Michael Dransfield, one of the most prominent – and colourful – poets in Australian literature.

“I was actually doing a PhD on Michael’s poetry,” she tells Guardian Australia. “And my supervisor discovered that Michael and I had known each other and been very close, and she said, ‘Hang on, I don’t know whether you’re writing the right thesis here, maybe you should write a memoir!’”

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Nascar’s Danica Patrick: I’ve probably had 12 concussions in my career

Nascar’s Danica Patrick: I’ve probably had 12 concussions in my career

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  • Popular driver says risk of head injury ‘makes you think, for sure’
  • Patrick, 34, will take part in Daytona 500 in Florida on Sunday

Danica Patrick reckons she’s probably sustained a dozen concussions over the course of her career – and says she would leave motor racing if doctors said her health was at risk.

Related: Bo Jackson: I’d never have played in the NFL if I’d known of concussion risks

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Pjaca and Alves deliver late double to hand Juventus edge over 10-man Porto

Pjaca and Alves deliver late double to hand Juventus edge over 10-man Porto

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Juventus edged closer to the Champions League quarter-finals after second-half goals from the substitutes Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves earned them a 2-0 away win at 10-man Porto in a one-sided last 16 first-leg tie on Wednesday.

Porto’s downfall was partly self-inflicted after the left-back Alex Telles received a red card in the 27th minute following two senseless bookings in the space of 90 seconds, leaving the home side to play over an hour against the Serie A leaders with 10 men.

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Mike Pence condemns vandalism at Jewish cemetery amid outpouring of support

Mike Pence condemns vandalism at Jewish cemetery amid outpouring of support

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Cleanup volunteers and financial donors of many faiths offer backing to Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in suburban St Louis

A suburban St Louis Jewish cemetery badly damaged by vandals is getting a show of support from cleanup volunteers, well-wishers and financial contributors from across many faiths.

Muslim groups have launched a crowdfunding campaign for the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in University City, Missouri, with a goal of $20,000. It has raised nearly $75,000.

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Republicans face ‘resistance recess’ | The minute

Republicans face ‘resistance recess’ | The minute

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Got a minute? Town hall tensions greet legislators during congressional break … flood of ‘bad dudes’ headed to Gitmo? … Mexico says no to US immigration action … and everything else from the day in politics. By Jamiles Lartey

9.52pm GMT

Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are among the members of Congress who have squared off against angry crowds during this week’s recess, a time when senators and representatives often return to their districts and hold “town hall” events for constituents.

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9.51pm GMT

“I am a person from a Muslim country and I am a Muslim. Who is going to save me here? Who is going to stand behind me?” Zalmay Niazy, an Afghani US military veteran, asked Senator Chuck Grassley to applause.

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Jamie Vardy hands Leicester City lifeline against Sevilla

Jamie Vardy hands Leicester City lifeline against Sevilla

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There is life in Leicester yet. Claudio Ranieri described this as the biggest night in the club’s history but there will be another. There may even be more beyond that after Kasper Schmeichel saved a penalty and Jamie Vardy scored his first Champions League goal as the English champions left Sevilla with their vital signs still intact. Down, but not out. Defeated, but with a vital away goal.

Vardy made his mark with quarter of an hour to go. Down on the touchline Ranieri leapt, his glasses almost falling off. His team had resisted and then they had rebelled. They have a chance now. For so long it did not seem likely. Sevilla had been two goals up and in control.

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Donald Trump’s antisemitism comments: too little, too limp, too late | Lucia Graves

Donald Trump’s antisemitism comments: too little, too limp, too late | Lucia Graves

The Guardian

The president’s condemnation of hate crimes against Jewish targets would be more convincing if his record on prejudice in general wasn’t so lamentable

“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible, and are painful, and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil,” Donald Trump told reporters at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington on Tuesday.

By any reasonable standard it was a rote remark – anti-Semitism is “horrible” – the sort of throwaway line that, uttered by another president, or more likely, some reasonably articulate 8th grader mid speech and debate tournament, might seem unremarkable. But coming from Trump it drew praise as a “strong rebuke”.

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DoJ may seek to prevent CIA official from detailing role in Bush-era torture

DoJ may seek to prevent CIA official from detailing role in Bush-era torture

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Court filing from Trump’s justice department says government ‘anticipates asserting state secrets privilege’ to prevent Gina Haspel from being deposed

Donald Trump’s justice department has indicated it will seek to prevent the new deputy CIA director from telling a court about her role in Bush-era torture.

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White House says transgender bathroom guidance under review – video

White House says transgender bathroom guidance under review – video

The Guardian

The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said the justice and education departments were reviewing current federal guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools. If changed, the decision could reverse a historic directive issued last May by Barack Obama designed to protect the rights of transgender students amid growing confusion and controversy at schools. Instead, individual states would be able to determine their own policies

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