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  • Traditionally, the governors of all the states on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border (did you know that Mexico has "states," with "governors"?) get together once a year to "celebrate border bonhomie ... issue proclamations and pledges to work together, air grievances and concerns behind closed doors." In other words, they drink unseemly amounts of tequila and go to strip clubs. But this year the host was supposed to be Jan Brewer, and all the Mexican governors (plus Bill Richardson) are afraid she will personally deport them when they show up for the shindig, so they're thinking about doing it somewhere else, or maybe not doing it at all, and Jan will cry at home by herself and tell herself that when she goes to college, people won't be petty like this, they'll recognize her as an interesting and unique person and want to hang out with her. [NYT]
  • Outgoing Hawaiian governor Linda Lingle vetoed Hawaii's civil unions bill, and proposed that the concept be put to a popular vote, because that always goes well. [Star-Advertiser]
  • Levi Johnston claims that some of the hilarious and awesome things he said about the Palins after he and Bristol broke up were "were not completely true." He is recanting now because he is a true romantic who wants Bristol to love him again. He is not saying which of his previous statements are lies because he needs leverage for future baby-momma drama. [WP]
  • Not enough people support tackily dressed toupee-wearing felon James Traficant's Congressional bid, so he won't be on the ballot, denying Wonkette easy posts for months. [AP]
  • Darrell Issa is officially the most annoying person in politics. [NYT]
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NO. IT CAN'T BE! Does the Republican-led United States Senate have ... a limit? Is there somehow a line they won't cross in this era of "Let's just go along with whatever Batshit McBigMac up there at 1600 Pennsylvania says and who cares if we destroy America in the process?" Turn out the answer to that question is maybe, and the limit is apparently when the crown prince of Saudi Arabia bone saws a Washington Post journalist to death and the president and the secretaries of State and Defense lie about it to their faces.

Senators do not like being lied to, no matter what party they're in. (Unless they're Chuck Grassley and it's Trump people lying about Russia and they're dangling sweet, delicious corn cobs in front of his face. Or if it's Lindsey Graham, when Trump's mouth is open. But otherwise they hate it.)

The Senate has been holding hearings and offering strongly worded resolutions aimed at forcing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to take responsibility for the Jamal Khashoggi murder, and also stop genociding the fuck out of Yemen and blockading Qatar and kidnapping the Lebanese prime minister and jailing dissidents, and SO ON. In short, the consensus is that MBS is out of goddamn control and needs to be reined in, yesterday.

On Thursday, the Senate followed that up WITH VOTES. Indeed, the Senate voted unanimously to blame MBS for the murder. (Right here, we are using the definition of "unanimously" that means ALL OF THEM, KATIE, because that is what "unanimously" always means.)

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CBP Photo, McAllen, Texas, June 2018

A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died of dehydration and shock after she and other migrants turned themselves in to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in the New Mexico desert last week, and that's America now, Merry Christmas (NOT "happy holidays," because this is a Christian nation, goddammit). The girl began having seizures about eight hours after she and her father were taken into custody by CBP near Lordsburg, New Mexico. Emergency responders got her on a helicopter to a hospital in El Paso, but she died the next day.

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