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Daily Briefing: 'Compromise is in the Air'

Hadley threatens action against North Korea if they conduct nuclear test. [NYT]


Showdown nears as Frist advances vote on 100-hour cap on Circuit Court and Supreme Court nominees; McCain says "compromise is in the air." [WSJ, LAT, WT]

Government report that included criticism of Rumsfeld taken offline after Pentagon complains. [WP]

Hunter has rare disagreement with Pentagon over women serving in combat duty. [WT]

Rove advised Justice Owen throughout her career. [NYT]

Pew survey finds "both parties now are coalitions of the wealthy and not-so-wealthy, and of well-educated and less-educated voters." [WP]

Gonzales earns praise as softer version of Ashcroft. [WP]

Mehlman reaches out to popular African-American City Councilman in Harrisburg, Pa. after he jumps to GOP. [WT]

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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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