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Administration officials privately acknowledge trouble with Iraq. Bush: "The recent violence in Iraq is a grim reminder of the brutal enemies we face in the war on terror." Retired General McCaffrey: "It's a race against time because by the end of this coming summer we can no longer sustain the presence we have now. . . The American people are walking away from this war." [WP, USAT]


Bush expresses sympathy for Sheehan: "It breaks my heart to think about a family weeping over the loss of a loved one. I understand the anguish that some feel about the death that takes place." White House does not publicly dispute Sheehan's characterization of her original meeting with Bush. [WP, NYT]

Abramoff is indicted on fraud charges by federal grand jury in Florida. Rothenberg: "It absolutely could play into the Democrats' national message. They are going to look for any and all ways to paint the Republicans as ethically challenged." [WSJ, NYT]

NARAL will change its controversial anti-Roberts advertisement. [WP, NYT]

FBI prepares for a possible domestic terrorist attack around anniversary of 9/11; sources propose a plot that involves exploding fuel tankers. DHS flack: "The information is uncorroborated, and the source is of questionable reliability." [NYT]

FEC criticizes DeLay's PAC for misstatements and irregularities. [WP]

Roberts provided confidential advice within the Reagan administration. [NYT]

9/11 Commissioners are looking into pre-9/11 surveillance of hijackers by DoD. [WP]

Many nominees to Pentagon jobs are stuck in the senate confirmation process. [NYT]

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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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