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Daily Briefing: Occasionally Sarcastic and Cocksure

Rove and Libby were "working closely together" in July 2003 on "the administration's primary response to criticism that a flawed phrase about the nuclear materials in Africa" was in Bush's State of the Union address; both contend they were "not involved an orchestrated scheme to discredit Wilson." [NYT]


Roberts remains vague when questioned by senators; Democrats question him on interstate commerce. Schumer: "I went over some of the things that he didn't answer at the Court of Appeals hearing, and he said he wanted to think about it and get back to me." [WP, WP, NYT, LAT, USAT, WSJ]

Democrats plan to "let Roberts go... then get back on Rove, Social Security and the Iraq war," according to aide; Hughes' confirmation hearing will provide opening. [WSJ]

Roberts' published opinions support "a strong executive, a cautious and self-effacing judiciary, limited federal power, and individual responsibility." [NYT]

Roberts' "Reagan-era memos portray a cocksure young lawyer whose writing was clear, highly attuned to political realities and occasionally sarcastic." [WP]

House Republicans push through passage of Patriot Act renewal. [WP, NYT, WSJ, LAT]

Liberal groups prepare for battle over Roberts as Democrats seem set to confirm him. [LAT, WT]

O'Connor: "In all of the years of my life, I don't think I have ever seen relations as strained as they are now between the judiciary and some members of Congress. It makes me very sad to see it." [WP, NYT]

Specter considers amendment on HHS appropriations bill to expand stem cell research. [WP]

Rice, meeting rape victims in Sudan, speaks out on women's rights. [WP]

Republicans will schedule vote on the elimination of the estate tax in hopes of forcing Democrats to compromise. [WSJ]

House set to endorse Bush's plan for Mars exploration. [WP]

Senators stalled on response to global warming. [WP]

Roberts has long been pro-business. [LAT]

Pentagon may raise age limit for new recruits from 39 to 42 in effort to reverse negative trend. [NYT]

This fall, Supreme Court will take on abortion, assisted suicide, the death penalty and the war on terrorism. [LAT]

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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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