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Daily Briefing: Prez Offers Global Welfare Plan

Bush's budget to be announced today: 0.7% proposed cut in domestic spending; proposed consolidations and squeezes affect 150 programs; also, screw Amtrak! Pentagon to receive extra $19 billion, excluding war costs. But wait: foreign ops and development pricetag up by 17%?! Someone's been toking up with Bob Geldof again... [WP, WSJ, NYT, WT]


Cheney says personal retirement accounts could cost trillions. [WP]

White House wants to cut federal farm subsidies by $6b over 10 years. [WSJ]

Deficit tests nerves of many Republicans; majorities of voters surveyed disapprove of Bush's handing of deficit. [WP]

Analysts unimpressed by budget maneuvers: "What's unrealistic is that they are trying to fund a government with today's demands on a 1950's stream of revenue." [NYT]

Brownstein: "Is it already time for the White House to unveil Plan B on Social Security?" [LAT]

Bush wants to trim Medicaid costs. [WSJ]

Conservative House Republicans pledge unity on social and economic issues. [WP]

Rice accurately predicts Super Bowl outcome; she wakes early, exercises often, "obsessively eats light," and likes the press. [NYT]

Rice befriends Europe, speaks of challenges facing Middle East. [WSJ, USAT]

On the airwaves, conservative groups promoting Social Security plan vie with AARP, unions, and liberals. [USAT]

Kerry settles in to swiping Bush from the sidelines. [WT]

Report from commission on intelligence due next month. [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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