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Daily Briefing: Terrorizing Edition

Republicans wavering on Social Security overhaul. Frist: "If we can't get some Democrat support, I do fail." [WP, NYT, USAT, WSJ, LAT]


State Department stuffs data that shows tripling of terrorist incidents. [WP]

White House steps up fight for Bolton as Senate Foreign Relations Committee expands inquiry. [NYT, NYT, WP]

Bush supports DeLay "as strongly as he ever has," says McClellan. [WP, USAT, LAT]

Hastert, under pressure, will admit mistake and House Republicans will backtrack on rule change for ethics committee; all five Republican members are financially linked to DeLay. [WP, LAT, NYT, USAT]

Republicans reject Democrats' compromise on judicial nominees. [WP, NYT, USAT, LAT]

White House may block Frist's desire to ban filibusters; concerns about Supreme Court justices. [WSK]

Republicans mull budget with $40b in cuts over five years. [WSJ]

HarperCollins to publish Reagan's handwritten diaries. [WP]

Cardin will run for Maryland Senate seat. [WP]

Pataki on 2008: "I'm not ruling it out." [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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