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White House, worried about surprises, delays release of tens of thousands of documents related to Roberts. [WP]


9/11 commission members seek answers after revelation that some hijackers were under surveillance. Lehman: "I think this is a big deal. The issue is whether there was in fact surveillance before 9/11 of Atta and, if so, why weren't we told about it? Who made the decision not to brief the commission's staff or the commissioners?" [NYT]

Bush uses dead of August to gain ground. Strategist: "They've really perfected the art of spending time in Crawford. They do a good job of driving the agenda every day they're down there. They push the story and keep the people in the other party out of the news." [WSJ]

Recent speech by Roberts offers indication of his political orientation. [LAT]

Roberts is quizzed by Wyden about end-of-life care. Wyden: "His answer was, 'I am concerned with judicial independence. Congress can prescribe standards, but when Congress starts to act like a court and prescribe particular remedies in particular cases, Congress has overstepped its bounds.'" [NYT]

Democrats intend to play offense with congressional seats; DCCC will support opponents to 50 Republican-held seats. [LAT]

Cultural issues provide advantage for the GOP, reports Democracy Corps study. [WP]

Majority of Americans surveyed by Gallup believe bin Laden is orchestrating a domestic attack. [USAT]

Bush says Iran's offer to negotiate is a "positive sign." [WP, USAT]

Chertoff defends DHS on privacy issues. [USAT]

Medicare premiums will be about $5 less than expected. [NYT]

Advocacy groups petition for election reform in Ohio. [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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