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On The Way Out Administration will request additional $80b for wars. [NYT]


CBO estimates 10-year deficit at $855b, excluding wars and Social Security plan. [WP]

Senate Democrats threaten to stall approval of cabinet nominees if demands are not met; leaders denounce plans for Social Security. Durbin: "The honeymoon is over and we are now in the full throes of our new marital arrangement here." [NYT]

Hillary declares "respect" for those who are pro-life and tells abortion rights activists to seek "common ground"; says abortion is a "sad, even tragic choice." [NYT]

Bush tells pro-life marchers, via phone: "This is the path of the culture of life that we seek for our country." Tens of thousands of pro-life supporters hit the Mall: "Hey ho, hey ho! Roe v. Wade has got to go!" [WP, WP, WT]

Senate Republicans' priorities do not include immigration or gay marriage; emphasis on Social Security, tax cuts, tort reform, and domestic oil drilling. [WP, WT]

Conservative organizations warn Bush he needs to push gay marriage ban for their support on Social Security reform: "Is he prepared to spend significant political capital on privatization but reluctant to devote the same energy to preserving traditional marriage?" [NYT]

Army plans to keep number of troops in Iraq stable at 120,000 through 2006. [NYT]

Pentagon shifts from "big-ticket weapons systems" for traditional warfare to supplies for guerrilla wars and terrorist attacks. [WSJ]

White House intends to frame Social Security debate as it advances, gaining support in the process. [NYT, WT]

Social Security damaged by early retirements. [USAT]

Three possible scenarios for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. [WSJ, ]

Mehlman wants ongoing drive for new voters. [WT]

Ashcroft says goodbye; everyone will miss Ashcroft, writes Milbank. [WP, NYT]

Bush, Chirac to share "working dinner" in Brussels. [WT]

Hutchinson exits DHS. [WT]

[AFP/File/Mauricio Lima]

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It started with them damn hats. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

A guest post by "Knitsy McPurlson," which we suspect is not a real name.

Yr Wonkette is not the only website run by brilliant peoples unafraid to poke people with sharp, pointy sticks. Ravelry.com – a website for knitters, crocheters, and other folks interested in textiles and fiber arts – is poking people with knitting needles, which are very sharp indeed.

This past weekend, Ravelry.com's founders showed the world how easy it is to de-platform white nationalists and racists when they banned all "support of Donald Trump and his administration" from their website, concluding they "cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy." Seems like people smart enough to decode a knitting pattern are also smart enough to decode Trump's not-so-hidden message of racism and white nationalism.

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One day, God willing, my grandchildren will click open their history textbooks and read about the Central American migrant internment camps. They'll learn about sick kids, locked in cages, kept hungry and dirty and cold for weeks on end, and they'll be horrified.

"Bubbie," they'll say, "how could this happen in America? How could there be toddlers sleeping on the ground without blankets, without soap or toothbrushes to clean themselves?"

"I don't know. I wish I had done more. I'm ashamed," I'll say. We will all have to answer for this atrocity. But some of us will have to answer more than others. Not just the archvillains like Stephen Miller and John Kelly, but the people who kept right on doing their jobs, even as those jobs morphed into defending concentration camps.

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