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Jul
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All Who Want To Serve Are Welcome. Thanks, President Obama

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Helene Cooper: Pentagon Set To Lift Ban On Transgender People Serving In U.S. Military

The Pentagon next month will announce the repeal of a policy banning transgender people from serving openly in the military, Defense Department officials said on Friday, moving to end what has widely been seen as one of the last barriers to service. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has called the regulation outdated and harmful to the military. A year ago, he directed officials from all the military branches to determine what changes would be needed to lift the ban, in a tacit recognition that thousands of transgender people were already in uniform. Under the Pentagon’s plan, first reported by USA Today, each branch will put in place policies covering recruiting, housing and uniforms for transgender troops.

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Ashley Broadway-Mack, the president of the American Military Partner Association, a support network for partners and spouses of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops and veterans, said in a statement that “our transgender service members and their families are breathing a huge sigh of relief.” Estimates of the number of transgender people in the 1.2 million-member military range from 2,000 to more than 15,000. As with the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that applied to gay men, lesbians and bisexuals until it was lifted in 2011, current rules have done little to keep transgender people out of the military. Instead, they have forced many to lie about their status and keep it a secret. Since taking the defense secretary post in February 2015, Mr. Carter has set about dismantling discriminatory rules in the services, including opening all combat positions to women. This week, Eric K. Fanning formally took over as Army secretary, becoming the first openly gay leader of a military service branch.

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U.S. troops react as they shake hands with the President. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama hugs a soldier as he greets military personnel at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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24
Jun
16

The Vice President and President’s Day

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Vice President Joe Biden tours the Kilmainham Prison, where many of those who participated in the Easter Rising in 1916 were held, in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden tours the Kilmainham Prison, where many of those who participated in the Easter Rising in 1916 were held, in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden and grandson Hunter Biden tour one of the cells in Kilmainham Prison, where many of those who participated in the Easter Rising in 1916 were held, in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden and grandson Hunter Biden tour one of the cells in Kilmainham Prison, where many of those who participated in the Easter Rising in 1916 were held, in Dublin, Ireland, June 23, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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Vice President Joe Biden looks at James Joyce manuscripts in the Trinity College Library, in Dublin, Ireland, June 24, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden looks at James Joyce manuscripts in the Trinity College Library, in Dublin, Ireland, June 24, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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Vice President Joe Biden and his grandchildren tour the Trinity College Library, in Dublin, Ireland, June 24, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Joe Biden and his grandchildren tour the Trinity College Library, in Dublin, Ireland, June 24, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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President Obama’s day started with the designation of Stonewall as a National Monument

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Full Video of President Obama’s speech and panel discussion

21
Jun
16

Early Bird Chat: Standing With Orlando

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10:00AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

1:00PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest holds the White House Daily Briefing

3:15PM: President Obama visits with wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland

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16
Jun
16

The President And Vice President’s Day In Orlando

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden place flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden place flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida

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US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pause after laying flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden lay flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pause after laying flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Vice President Joe Biden after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama hugs Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (C) alongside Florida Senator Bill Nelson (R) after Obama arrived on Air Force One at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. Obama arrived Thursday in Orlando where he will console loved ones devastated by a shooting rampage that has fueled America's culture wars and a fresh push for gun controls. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (2nd L) holds up a "Orlando United" t-shirt while greeting US President Barack Obama, alongside Florida Senators Bill Nelson (2nd R) and Marco Rubio (R), after Obama arrived at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. Obama arrived Thursday in Orlando where he will console loved ones devastated by a shooting rampage that has fueled America's culture wars and a fresh push for gun controls. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer holds up a “Orlando United” t-shirt while greeting President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden walk to speak to the media after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Vice President Joe Biden after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks alongside Vice President Joe Biden after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden walk to speak to the media after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden leave after placing flowers for the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday at a memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama boards Air Force One prior to departure from Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, June 16, 2016, after traveling to meet with the families of victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub Sunday. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: U.S. President Barack Obama steps off of Marine 1 on his way back to the residence of the White House June 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. The president traveled to Orlando, Florida to pay respects to the victims of Sunday's nightclub mass shooting and to stand in solidarity with the community. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: U.S. President Barack Obama walks back to the residence of the White House June 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. The president traveled to Orlando, Florida to pay respects to the victims of Sunday's nightclub mass shooting and to stand in solidarity with the community. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

15
Jun
16

Early Bird Chat

US President Barack Obama holds a baby as he greets guests during a picnic for members of Congress on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the annual picnic for Members of Congress at the White House June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, Obama talked about the investigation into the mass shooting in Orlando and spoke at the first White House United State of Women Summit. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at the annual picnic for Members of Congress at the White House June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, Obama talked about the investigation into the mass shooting in Orlando and spoke at the first White House United State of Women Summit. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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All Times Eastern

10:15AM: President Obama meets with the Dalai Lama

12:30PM: Daily Briefing with Press Secretary Josh Earnest

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US President Barack Obama waves to guests from the Rose Garden during a picnic for members of Congress on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, June 14, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) and Oprah Winfrey (R) participate in a conversation on "Trailblazing the Path for the Next Generation of Women" during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The White House hosts the first ever summit to push for gender equality. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey speak at the White House Summit on the United State of Women

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US First lady Michelle Obama (L) gestures next to Oprah Winfrey on a stage at the White House Summit on the United State of Women in Washington, DC on June 14, 2016. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

US First lady Michelle Obama (L) and Oprah Winfrey speak at the White House Summit on the United State of Women in Washington, DC on June 14, 2016. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: (AFP-OUT) US President Barack Obama speaks on the Orlando shooting at the Treasury Department after convening with his National Security Council on June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama directly attacked Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: (AFP-OUT)US President Barack Obama (C) speaks on the Orlando shooting at the Treasury Department while Attorney General Loretta Lynch (L), Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (C-L), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford (C-R) and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (R) look on, on June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama directly attacked Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks on the Orlando shooting at the Treasury Department while Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper look on. President Obama rebuked Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama, along with Vice President Joe Biden, meets with his National Security Council, including FBI Director James Comey, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and National Counterterrorism Center Director Nick Rasmussen, at the Treasury Department June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama received a briefing on the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The White House announced that Obama will visit Orlando on June 16. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: (AFP-OUT)US President Barack Obama (L) speaks on the Orlando shooting at the Treasury Department while Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford (R) look on, on June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama directly attacked Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The White House hosts the first ever summit to push for gender equality. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The White House is hosting the first ever summit to push for gender equality. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

US President bBarack Obama speaks at the White House Summit on the "United State of Women" in Washington on June 14, 2016. / AFP / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama waves after he spoke during the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. The White House hosts the first ever summit to push for gender equality. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Jun
16

#LoveWins

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Jun
16

‘An Attack On All Of Us’

12
Jun
16

A Tweet Or Two

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09
Jun
16

President Obama Celebrates LGBT Pride Month

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: (AFP OUT) President Barack Obama arrives to speak at a reception in the East Room of the White House in recognition of LGBT Pride Month on June 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: (AFP OUT) President Barack Obama speaks at a reception in the East Room of the White House in recognition of LGBT Pride Month on June 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)

Attendees take photos as US President Barack Obama speaks during a reception to mark LGBT month in the East Room of the White House on June 9, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: President Barack Obama speaks at a reception in the East Room of the White House in recognition of LGBT Pride Month on June 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama greets attendees after speaking at a reception to mark LGBT month in the East Room of the White House on June 9, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman photographs President Barack Obama as he delivers remarks at a reception in the East Room of the White House in recognition of LGBT Pride Month on June 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI/POOL

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: (AFP OUT) President Barack Obama chats with guests after speaking at a reception in the East Room of the White House in recognition of LGBT Pride Month on June 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a reception in the East Room of the White House in recognition of LGBT Pride Month on June 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI/POOL

US President Barack Obama greets attendees after speaking at a reception to mark LGBT month in the East Room of the White House on June 9, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama works the rope line after delivering remarks at a reception in the East Room of the White House in recognition of LGBT Pride Month on June 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Pete Marovich/UPI/POOL

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: (AFP OUT) President Barack Obama chats with guests after speaking at a reception in the East Room of the White House in recognition of LGBT Pride Month on June 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: (AFP OUT) President Barack Obama chats with guests after speaking at a reception in the East Room of the White House in recognition of LGBT Pride Month on June 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: (AFP OUT) President Barack Obama leaves after speaking at a reception in the East Room of the White House in recognition of LGBT Pride Month on June 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)

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16

A Tweet Or Two

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