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Public school disciplines 8-year-old Utah girl for violating Mormon scripture with her shirt

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An 8-year-old girl in Ogden, Utah was disciplined by her public school after breaking a Mormon rule about baring her shoulders, the Friendly Atheist reports.

Jada Kelson was forced to wear a jacket by staff at Valley Elementary School in Ogden, Utah because she violated Mormon scripture, which holds that females cannot show the balls of their shoulders while walking. The controversial rule has been battled by the faithful.

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The school has since changed its dress code to target clothing that is “disruptive” but the same rules remain in place in neighboring districts.

The Mormon Church offers guidance to members regarding “modesty,” which includes a long list of ways adherents can sew their commercial clothing to be compliant. Among the advice to women and girls is to “buy long boy’s shorts” and to “buy several long tank tops in different colors that you can tuck into your pants so your tummy won’t show with a shorter shirt.”

A lawyer is demanding that the school review all dress code policies and agree to new rules that are gender neutral and free from any religious influence.


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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"

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Florida Republican Matt Gaetz admits Trump’s legal defense was ‘like an 8th grade book report’ — only worse

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admitted that President Donald Trump's team of lawyers weren't quite the legal eagles that he thinks they might be, said Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio.

Questioned about his take on the way the case is unfolding in the Senate, Gaetz said that the House presented it like it was going to be on "cable news." For many that may be an insult, but it appears to Gaetz that was a compliment.

Desiderio said that Gaetz then lamented that the White House presented their case more like “an 8th-grade book report.”

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