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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, left, joined at right by Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh?, testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on the FY 2015 budget request, on Capitol Hill in Washington in March 2014. The Associated Press has uncovered a series of security lapses and other troubles in the nation's nuclear forces. The issue came to a head in January when Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel summoned top military leaders and ordered a review of the problems. Airmen responsible for missile operations at Minot Air Force Base would have failed their portion of a major inspection in March 2013 but managed a marginal rating because their poor marks were blended with the better performance of support staff � like cooks and facilities managers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
WASHINGTON: The Trump administration’s move to rescind bathroom access protections for transgender students rests on the idea that school bathroom policies are “a states’ rights issue,” as White House press secretary Sean Spicer has explained, and that, in any event, it is “preposterous on its face” that the authors of the federal law barring sex discrimination in schools imagined it would cover transgender students.