The Brief

Defense Secretary Ash Carter listens to a reporter's question during a news conference where he announced new rules allowing transgender individuals to serve openly in the U.S. military at the Pentagon, June 30, 2016.
Alex Brandon—AP

Ban on Transgender Troops Ends

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the ban on open service of transgender troops will be lifted, five years after a similar ban on the open service of gay men and women was formally ended by President Obama

Turkey Airport Blasts

How the Russian ISIS Fighters Became a Threat in Turkey

Russia and the other countries of the former Soviet Union have contributed thousands of fighters to the terror group ISIS. Officials now worry that they may be striking back—first in Turkey, and eventually, their home countries

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles during a joint news conference with Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico's president, not pictured, and Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister, not pictured, at the National Gallery of Canada during the North American Leaders Summit (NALS) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

President Obama Signs Rescue Package for Puerto Rico

President Barack Obama has signed a rescue package for financially strapped Puerto Rico, which is facing more than $70 billion in debt and a major payment due Friday, in the hopes of stopping the territory of spiraling into a fiscal crisis

A collage of photographs of Hai Min Lee and her friends were on display at Lee's memorial service on March 11, 1999 in Baltimore, Md.

Serial's Adnan Syed Granted a New Trial

After spending 16 years in prison, a man convicted of murder who was at the center of the podcast Serial has won a new trial in Baltimore. Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999

This frame grab from Tuesday, January 12, 2016 video by the Iranian state-run IRIB News Agency, shows detention of American Navy sailors by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf, Iran. The 10 U.S. Navy sailors detained by Iran after their two small boats allegedly drifted into Iranian territorial waters around one of Iran's Persian Gulf islands a day earlier have been freed, the United States and Iran said Wednesday. (IRIB News Agency via AP)

Navy Punishes 9 for Stumbling Into Iranian Hands

The Navy has ordered nine of its officers and sailors to walk a plank in connection with Iran’s seizure of two small U.S. vessels in the Persian Gulf in January. A lengthy chain of human errors and engine failure led to the incident


Nicola Sturgeon Wants Scotland to Remain in the E.U.

The Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has fired the starting gun for pro-E.U. parts of the U.K. desperate to retain their relationship with the European Union, but her visit to Brussels has angered other European leaders battling with their own rebellious regions


Texas Abortions Fell 15% Under Overturned Law

Abortions in Texas plummeted 15% during the first year after the Republican-controlled state passed tough restrictions that the U.S. Supreme Court has now struck down, showing how hard it had become to get an abortion there

Former London Mayor and Vote Leave campaigner Boris Johnson announced he won't stand as a candidate to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron, London, on June 30, 2016.

Chaos in U.K. Prime Minister Race

The race to become Britain’s next prime minister took a dramatic and surprising turn, with former London Mayor Boris Johnson—popular with the public and widely considered a front-runner—ruling himself out of the race after the defection of a key ally

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., accompanied by Sen. Charles Schumer, right, faces reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 28, 2016.

Congress Plays Chicken With Zika

Congress is engaged in a game of chicken over the details of a $1.1 billion bill to fight the Zika virus, as experts warn that the threat is growing as summer arrives. Democrats are objecting to the funding bill after new Republican additions

Exclusive Survey: The Future of Work in America

A new survey, sponsored in part by TIME, explores the mindsets of employers as new work arrangements are causing excitement and dismay. The survey asked 800 employers what they thought about independent contractors and the future of American labor