Today in 5 Lines
President Trump announced on Twitter that the U.S. will no longer “accept or allow” transgender people to serve in the military. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain denounced the announcement, calling it “unclear.” During the second day of deliberations, Senate Republicans voted against repealing major parts of the Affordable Care Act. Senators are expected to move on to the vote-a-rama period, a time when both parties can offer amendments to be voted on, as early as Thursday. Representative Steve Scalise, who was shot last month in an attack on a congressional baseball practice, was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
- President Donald Trump has spoken privately with confidants and advisers in recent days about the possibility of using a recess appointment to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions if the former Alabama senator leaves his post atop the Justice Department. Trump’s lawyers have urged him against publicly threatening Sessions. (The Washington Post)
- Fifty-nine percent of registered voters said they oppose a new Justice Department civil asset forfeiture policy that allows law enforcement to seize money and property from people, even if they have not been charged with a crime. (Morning Consult)
- Senate Republicans are planning a late night vote-a-rama on health care and may consider a plan that repeals Obamacare’s individual mandate in order to send a bill to the House for further negotiations. Republicans have not released the text of the so-called “skinny” plan to repeal part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. (Bloomberg)