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In the wake of President Trump's announcement on July 26, 2017, that transgender Americans would be barred from serving in the military "in any capacity," TIME looks back at an interview in a 2015 documentary with Jamie Ewing, who served in the Army and the National Guard before November 2013, when she says she was discharged for being transgender.⠀

Ewing then became a defense contractor. “I would trade my current job in a heartbeat for the Army if it meant I could wear a uniform again," she said in the film by Gillian Laub (@gigilaub) and Shaul Schwarz (@shaulschwarz). “It's all about that sense of serving my country.” In her role at that time, she interacted with many of the same commanders she worked with while in uniform. "They know me. They know my work ethic and skill sets, and they have no issues,” she added. “I'm still the same person."⠀

Watch the full documentary "Camouflaged Identity" by @gigilaub and @shaulschwarz on TIME.com

President Trump held a campaign-style rally in working-class Youngstown, Ohio, on July 25 just hours after the Senate voted to begin debate on legislation aimed at dismantling former President Obama's health care law. During his remarks, Trump took a few moments to discuss the act of being presidential. "With the exception of the late, great, Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that's ever held this office."⠀

Video source: AP

President Trump doubled down on his attacks against Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a news conference on Tuesday, telling reporters outside the White House that he remains "very disappointed" in the nation's top prosecutor while declining to say if he will be ousted. Trump has repeatedly criticized Sessions in recent interviews for his decision in March to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.⠀

"He should not have recused himself—almost immediately after he took office, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office and I would have, quite simply, picked somebody else," Trump said. "I think it's unfair to the presidency."⠀

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In his Tuesday return to the Senate chamber following a brain cancer diagnosis, Arizona Senator John McCain voted in favor of a motion to proceed with debate on legislation that would aim to repeal major provisions of former President Obama's signature health care law. He then bashed it in follow-up remarks, vowing not to vote for the Republican health care bill in its current form.⠀

"I will not vote for this bill as it is today," McCain said on July 25. "It’s a shell of a bill right now, we all know that." He added that "changes urged by my states' governor will have to be included to earn my support for final passage of any bill."⠀

Read more on TIME.com. Video source: AP

Protesters shouted "Kill the bill! Don't kill us!" as the Senate voted on July 25, 2017, to push forward on legislation aimed at dismantling former President Obama's signature health care law. Tuesday's vote, at 51-50, was a victory for President Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who last week was forced to postpone the vote over a lack of support from moderates and conservatives. The tie-breaking vote was cast by Vice President Mike Pence. Days of debate and additional votes on repealing and replacing the Obama law will come next; whatever the Senate approves will still require a House vote.

Anthony Scaramucci, the incoming White House Communications Director, speaks with reporters during "Regional Media Day" at the White House on July 25. Using a media group that promotes conservative and Christian values, the White House is hosting a day's worth of live broadcasts to tout President Trump's first six months in office. Conservative outlets were invited to set up temporary studios on the north side of the West Wing to interview White House officials and members of Trump's cabinet. ⠀
Photograph by Chip Somodevilla (@somophoto)—@gettyimages

Firefighters work to put out a fire in Biguglia, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, on July 24, 2017. Dozens of firefighters are battling a blaze that has spread across 900 hectares of forest and was threatening homes, emergency services said. Residents were evacuated from homes at the edge of Biguglia, on the island’s northeastern coast.⠀

Pascal Pochard-Casabianca—@afpphoto/@gettyimages

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws against the Minnesota Twins during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 24, 2017. The Dodgers beat the Twins 6-4. Photograph by Jae C. Hong (@jaechongpix)—@ap.images

In evening remarks to a sea of Boy Scouts in West Virginia on July 24, President Trump bragged about his 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton and bashed the media. "Who the hell wants to talk about politics when I'm in front of the Boy Scouts?" Trump asked the crowd, sarcastically, at the beginning of his address. But that's exactly what he did, reliving Election Night, or as he called it, "that famous night on television."⠀

"But you remember that incredible night with the maps, and the Republicans are red and the Democrats are blue, and that map was so red it was unbelievable," he continued. "And they didn't know what to say."⠀

Read more on TIME.com. Video source: White House

People take part in a "Chain of Light" protest at Kasprowicza Square in Poznan, Poland, on July 24. Earlier in the day, in a surprise move, President Andrzej Duda vetoed two laws that would have given lawmakers wide-ranging powers over the judiciary. The bills drew fierce criticism from the E.U. and widespread protests over fears the government was eroding democratic norms of the rule of law and judicial independence.⠀

Duda's unexpected intervention deals a blow to his right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS), which claims that the laws were needed to help carry out judicial reform. One of the scrapped bills would have forced the resignation of all Supreme Court justices, except for those kept on by the president, while the second would have given parliament control over the body that appoints judges, the National Judicial Council. ⠀

Read more on TIME.com.⠀

Photograph by Jakub Kaczmarczyk—@epaphotos

Adan Lalravega made it out of the truck alive. From a hospital bed on July 24, the 27-year-old Mexican man recounted to the Associated Press how he and dozens of others packed into a tractor-trailer were smuggled into Texas. Authorities say at least eight died on the way, and two more at the hospital, after the human cargo in the sweltering truck was discovered Sunday in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio.⠀

“After an hour I heard ... people crying and asking for water. I, too, was sweating and people were despairing," Lalravega said. "That’s when I lost consciousness."⠀

The driver of the truck, James Matthew Bradley of Clearwater, Fla., appeared in federal court on charges of illegally transporting immigrants for financial gain, resulting in death. He could face the death penalty.⠀

Read more on TIME.com. Video source: AP

Women who oppose the “Women of the Wall” activists demonstrate against the group’s monthly prayer near the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on July 24, 2017. Last month the Israeli government reversed course on a plan to open a mixed-gender prayer section at the site. The men’s and women’s prayer areas remain separated.⠀

Photograph by Ronen Zvulun—@reuters

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