State bills on lightning-rod social issues are getting noticeably less impetus this year, as elections loom and state leaders try to attract business investment.
On the northwest coast of Washington State, a community has chosen to live off the grid, some of them for the simplicity and saved money, some for safety.
Ashton Whitaker said that he had been forbidden from using boys bathrooms and felt degraded by administrators at his high school in Wisconsin.
President Trump had announced on Twitter in July that he was barring transgender people from serving in the military, though a ban was never fully implemented.
The ruling went further than a similar one last month by blocking a policy that prohibited gender-reassignment surgery at the government’s expense.
The surgery was the latest setback to President Trump’s effort to bar transgender people from serving in the military.