Daily Briefing, Part 1: The Budget Gets Spun

$2.57t budget sent to Congress. Bush: "Our priorities are winning the war on terror, protecting our homeland, growing our economy. It's a budget that focuses on results." Pelosi: "The president's budget is a hoax on the American people." [WP, NYT, WSJ, USAT, WT]

Congress has other ideas for budget -- and it isn't the first time. Economist: "It is ambitious, and if history is any guide, it's not going to happen." [WP, WP, WT]

Budget based on assumptions and omissions, including expectation that non-defense spending will be stable over next five years. [NYT]

Budget downplays long-term costs, says economist: "There's a lot being swept under the rug from a longer-run standpoint. . . And people really aren't looking at the scary arithmetic in the longer term." [WSJ]

So much, much more follows...

Budget designed to show conservatives, economists, traders, and world markets that Bush is serious about deficit. Scholar: "I don't think this approach will look very credible. . . The message here is that the underlying trend, contrary to the administration's assertions, is a steady increase in the deficit." [NYT]

Budget pressures lawmakers to enact cost-cutting. [WSJ, USAT]

Rumsfeld's budget proposal based on reform of Defense Department; 5% jump in spending from last year. [WSJ, NYT, WT]

FBI wins 11% budget increase; spending for Amtrak nearly eliminated. [NYT, NYT]

Budget proposes 1% reduction for Education Department, 2% cut for Energy Department. [NYT, NYT]

White House looks to skim staff. [NYT]

Cultural groups and museums spared ax. [WP]

Assistance for poor and veterans sliced. [NYT, NYT]

Budget director Bolten: "I actually enter into this with a happy spirit." [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. – 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,'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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