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Ilhan Omar Aims to Change House Rules Banning Head Attire

Ilhan Omar Aims to Change House Rules Banning Head Attire

MN Democratic Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar said she is ready to challenge a 181-year-old ban on wearing headwear on the floor of the House of Representatives. Dems last week announced their intention to change a House rule that prohibits members from wearing hats on the chamber floor. The rule could technically bar the khimar -- an item of religious attire that covers the head that Omar herself wears. The Somali native, who will represent Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, posted a screenshot of a news article related to the ban on Instagram late Sunday. “No one puts a scarf on my head but me,” Omar wrote. “It’s my choice ― one protected by the First Amendment.” She and Congresswoman-elect Rashida Tlaib, who will represent Michigan's 13th Congressional District, are the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress. More here.

H&M Names New Head of Inclusion and Diversity

H&M Names New Head of Inclusion and Diversity

Mia Love Takes Lead Over Democratic Challenger

Mia Love Takes Lead Over Democratic Challenger