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Daily Briefing: The World is Watching C-SPAN

Frist will pull "nuclear option" vote on Tuesday; advocacy groups buy weekend ad slots. [WT, WSJ]


Many Senators view filibuster battle as inevitable result of increased partisanship. Biden: "They almost all succumb to the notion that the ends justify the means." [NYT]

A dozen Senators search for common ground. [WP, WP, USAT]

Bush may veto Republican-sponsored bill that eases restrictions on stem-cell research. [WSJ]

Memo reveals how White House casts guests for Social Security tour. [LAT]

White House sees "no need" to respond to letter from 89 House Democrats seeking more information about secret British memo regarding Bush's intention for war. [NYT]

In filibuster fight, aides to top lawmakers have their work cut out for them. [NYT]

Everyone is into "Star Wars." [WP]

DeLay revises 2001 and 2002 campaign reports after audit finds inaccuracies. [WP]

Thomas, Pozen take a step away from Bush on Social Security; new doubts about president's plan. [NYT]

So much for Social Security: Bush's pleas for reform overshadowed. Bush: "Look at it this way, it's a chance to show it off for the world -- to the extent the world is watching C-SPAN." [NYT, WP]

Collins, DeWine will support Bolton. [WT]

Gonzales, Olson, Miers involved in "early process" of determining Supreme Court nominations. [WT]

Some Democrats hesitant to expand FBI's counter-terrorism powers. [NYT]

Melhman focused on expanding party while Dean wants to rebuild. [USAT]

National structure of AFL-CIO decomposing; GOP carefully watching developments. [WT]

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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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