“Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a memo this morning declaring that the Department of Justice does not interpret Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as offering protections to transgender individuals in the workplace. This is a sharp reversal from the Obama-era interpretation.
“Although federal law, including Title VII, provides various protections to transgender individuals, Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based on gender identity per se,” Sessions wrote. “This is a conclusion of law, not policy. As a law enforcement agency, the Department of Justice must interpret Title VII as written by Congress.” MORE
“The White House is maintaining a hard line on wiping out a deduction for state and local taxes as part of tax reform, despite efforts in Congress to negotiate a compromise on the issue.
“The president’s been clear about his position, and we’re moving forward with the framework that we’ve laid out,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today when asked whether the administration was open to negotiation.” MORE