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Black boy turned away from Florida Christian school over natural hair

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A 6-year-old black boy with dreadlocks was turned away from his Florida elementary school because his hairstyle was banned, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Clinton Stanley Jr. was to attend A Book’s Christian Academy in Apopka, but was told that he was unwelcome because of his hair dreadlocks.

“I respect their rules, but it’s not right,” said father Clinton Stanley Sr. “Allow kids to come as they are. You are a Christian school. In the Bible it says, come as you are,” he added. “You deny a kid an education on his hair?”

The administrator of the private school, Sue Book, said the rules banning natural black hair have been in place since the academy was founded in 1971.

“No dreads,” she said. “All of our boys have short hair… we don’t allow it. We never have.”

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She complained about getting “harassing phone calls,” including a man who allegedly threatened to burn the school down.

“I’ve had all kinds of obscene, ugly calls,” Book said. “It’s just hard.”

Stanley Sr. was using a voucher to send his son to the private school and said the racist policy appears to be targeted at “hoodlums.”

“You’re disassociating yourself of people of color,” he said.

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The Sentinel‘s story discusses homophobic policies banning gay students, the fact that many of the schools don’t have college-educated teachers and use the Bible to teach science class.

Clinton Stanley Jr. is now attending his local public school.

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Dear NeverTrumpers: Please quit lecturing actual Democrats about how to win

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As I write this, we are just hours away from the first debate of the presidential primary season. It's hard to believe that four years have passed since the last round of primary debates. It feels like 40. But here we are, getting ready to embark on yet another presidential campaign featuring Donald Trump. Everyone on the planet has advice for the Democratic candidates about what they need to do to beat him. It may be the most annoying conversation in all of politics, and that's saying something.

The pundits are all dully blathering on about "lanes" again, extending the horse race metaphor to ridiculous lengths, as they did in the GOP primaries in 2016. So far they've declared the lanes to be "establishment," "insurgent," "youth," "black vote" and "working class." And yes, they are meaningless, since the person who wins the nomination will have to take up big parts of all these "lanes" and more. But it makes it easy for pundits and analysts to drone on endlessly about polling, despite the fact that there is very little chance this campaign will end up going the way they predict.

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Donald Trump Jr shamed for sucking up to his dad on Twitter: ‘Ivanka is still his favorite’

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President Donald Trump retweeted about a half dozen posts early Wednesday from his wife and children, but not one particularly approval-seeking tweet from his namesake son.

The president's namesake son hyped his father's promotion of the "American Dream" late Tuesday, but Trump didn't include that one among several others posted by Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Melania Trump, as well as another touting son-in-law Jared Kushner's Middle East peace plan.

"For the last 50 years our biggest net export has been The American Dream, but because of @realDonaldTrump we’ve brought that American Dream home, where it belongs," tweeted Donald Trump Jr. "He’s doing this for you, your children, and for your grandchildren. Let’s Keep America Great! #2020"

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Reporting team that busted Trump’s tax secrets crumbles — thanks to ‘wrecking ball’ NYT journalist

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In October 2018, The New York Times published a landmark story on how President Donald Trump and his siblings committed large-scale tax fraud in the 1990s to maximize their inheritance.

Even for a story about Trump, who is seemingly invulnerable to financial scandal, it was hugely consequential — among other things, it led to Trump's sister resigning as a federal judge — and the reporters won a Pulitzer Prize for their efforts.

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