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Bush requests $82b for Iraq, Afghanistan, and tsunami relief; total likely to top $300b. [WP, NYT, WSJ, LAT, USAT]


Ex-official claims there was "minimal senior White House commitment to the faith-based agenda." White House stamps out rebuttal. [WP, LAT]

Attorney accuses administration of allowing contractor in Iraq to defraud CPA of millions of dollars: "I wish I could tell you that the Bush administration has done everything it could to detect and punish fraud in Iraq. If I said that to you, though, I would be lying." [WP]

Republicans itchy as Democrats continue stand against Bush's Social Security plan. [NYT]

Bush renominates judicial candidates for federal seats. [WP, NYT, LAT, WT]

Bush calls for extension of Patriot Act "to protect the American people." [NYT]

Democrats desperate for C-SPAN coverage. [WP]

Lobbyists blitz as Clean Air bill comes to vote. [NYT]

James Towey, director of Faith-Based Initiatives, is "pro-life Democrat" touched by Mother Teresa and Bush. [WP]

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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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