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Analysis: The Law and Political Discourse

Many Americans manipulate the news   to fit their preconceived beliefs (i.e., confirmation bias). This is not necessarily a societal ill, but the danger comes when events are misrepresented  to others , allowing for the societal accumulation of imprecisions and mistruths. This week's legal developments have provided fodder for misrepresentations. In this analysis, we will consider three: (1) the reversal of a requirement that health providers extend coverage to the transgendered, (2) the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision to bar employer discrimination based on sexual orientation, and (3) the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to prevent President Donald Trump from cancelling Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). First, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revoked a regulation mandating that insurers and doctors provide medical care to transgender Americans. There is a technical predicate for this move: The Obama administration contorted the text of the