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Activists and protesters with the National Center for Transgender Equality rally in front of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Washington, after the Department of Education and the Justice Department announce plans to overturn the school guidance on protecting transgender students. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump lifts Obama-era directive on transgender bathrooms

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration revoked an Obama-era mandate compelling public schools nationwide to permit restroom and locker room access on the basis of gender identity -- a move that could have significant ramifications for a case before the Supreme Court concerning transgender rights.

Dallas Police Sgt. Hall, left, speaks with Rives Grogan, 51, of Mansfield, Texas, who wears a red Trump cap, and other anti-abortion protesters, informing them which sidewalks they can use to conduct their protest, outside of the Planned Parenthood South Dallas Surgical Health Services Center, Saturday morning, Feb. 11, 2017, in Dallas. (Ben Torres/The Dallas Morning News via AP) ** FILE **

Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood

- Associated Press

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation's largest abortion provider.

President Donald Trump tours the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump condemns recent anti-Semitic incidents

- The Washington Times

President Trump spoke out Tuesday against a rash of anti-Semitic attacks and threats across the country, vowing that his administration would fight every form of bigotry and intolerance.

Joel Smallbone in a scene from "Priceless."

At any price: Christian singer Smallbone on raising awareness for human trafficking with film

The independently produced "Priceless" hit theaters in October and was released on DVD and Blu-ray on Valentine's Day, the same day that Universal's "Fifty Shades Darker" debuted in theaters nationwide. "Priceless" examines the sinister side of sexuality through the dark lens of human trafficking -- offering up hope through faith.

Irish rock star Bono speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Lagos, Nigeria Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba) ** FILE **

Top quotes of the week from faith-related newsmakers and columnists

Strachan writes, "And do not forget the thick and terrible irony here: in a world of lies, with evil everywhere at hand, an agent of American government is acting to smash not a terrorist, not a law-breaker, but a well-loved woman who has done nothing other than live out her religious beliefs. This is wrong. This is a travesty. "Justice has miscarried this day.