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Daily Briefing: How Bush Dances

Bush "drove Secret Service nuts" by staying out until 10 p.m.: "Bush ended up clapping enthusiastically, bobbing his head to the beat and finally gyrating his hips." [WP]


Republicans reject Democrats' offer for immediate vote on uncontroversial judicial nominee while Bush pushes for "up-or-down vote" on two appellate court nominees. Frist: "All of this obstruction must stop." [WP, NYT, WT, LAT]

After disagreement, Armitage insisted on pre-approving Bolton's speeches and public comments; Republicans maintain Bolton will be approved. [WP, NYT, WT]

Frist anticipates use of "nuclear option" to bring vote on Justice Priscilla Owen, nominee for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. [WT]

Bush, with Putin in Russia, celebrates anniversary of end of WWII. [USAT, WT]

Bush faces resistance in Congress over Central American Free Trade Agreement. Reid: "I will do whatever I can to kill it." [NYT]

Rep. Sensenbrenner, Republican chair of House Judiciary Committee, wants "office of inspector general for the federal judiciary." [NYT]

Hagel, Chafee, Voinovich on the fence regarding Bolton. [LAT]

Color-coded alerts are rethought. [WP]

Many female voters who voted for Bush last year are returning to Democratic Party. [WP]

Conservatives complain liberal groups disguised as nonpartisan watchdogs are "part of a well-organized political strategy" that dominates press coverage. [WSJ]

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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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