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Denver Post: Okay AP kids, you’ve had your fun — now STFU and go back to school

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The Denver Post‘s editorial board doesn’t want students to practice civil disobedience while defending their right to learn about it.

“OK, Jefferson County high school students, you’ve made your point. Now you should return to your schools,” the board stated in an editorial published on Wednesday.

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The editorial came on the heels of walkouts by hundreds of students in schools around the county last Friday to protest a proposal by conservative members of the local school board to rework the Advanced Placement history curriculum to steer away from covering “civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.”

About 50 teachers also called in sick that day, resulting in two local high schools closing for the day. The demonstrations have also led to the online tag #JeffCoSchoolBoardHistory gaining traction while mocking the proposal’s attempt to promote “positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”

The board noted that it criticized the proposal in a separate editorial on Monday for its emphasis on “citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights.”

“Respect for authority is often warranted, of course,” the board wrote at the time. “However, American history is also replete with examples of individuals and groups standing up to authority in the pursuit of justice and the very ‘individual rights’ that the guidelines say should be promoted, too.”

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But on Wednesday, the board argued that students standing up to authority had a negligible impact, since the proposal was tabled.

“More protests will add little or nothing of substance to the backlash,” the board wrote. “Students should return to class.”

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

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Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map

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Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.

This article was originally posted at Salon.

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