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  1. Travel Ban Loses Again, Rodman Visits North Korea and Mattis Shames Congress

    Know This: Administration lawyers will turn to the Supreme Court to reinstate President Trump’s travel ban after losing a second federal appeals ruling. Eccentric basketball legend Dennis Rodman is returning to North Korea, where some speculate he might provide back-channel communications between Pyongyang and Washington. And a magnitude-6.2 earthquake on the Greek island of Lesbos has killed one woman and injured 10 other residents.

    Offensive Stance: “It has blocked new programs, prevented service growth, stalled industry initiative and placed troops at greater risk.” — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, blaming Congress for the Pentagon’s readiness deficit.

    Answer This: Tell us how you really feel. OZY’s next TV show, Third Rail With OZY, is launching on PBS this fall! To kick things off, we’re shelving the PC and launching debates. Each Wednesday, we’ll post a provocative question, with a focus on topics that might make it onto the show. Our Third Rail With OZY question this week delves into identity: Is it more acceptable to be transgender than transracial? Why or why not? Go deep. Email thirdrail@ozy.com with your thoughts or a personal story, and we might feature your answer next week.

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