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Election Recycling: Descend on Latino Voters Edition

dude_i_just_went_to_church Bush, cornered at NATO summit, works on reconciliation. "What we are seeing is other nations joining to resist U.S. unilateralism and exacting a higher price. . . Now it's an aggregate pound of flesh. . . I don't think you can turn around three years of U.S. foreign policy with some midnight initiatives," said vice president of the Nixon Center. [NYT and NYT and WSJ]


Pillars of Bush doctrine knocked by turns of Iraq. "Of the four principles, three have failed, and the fourth --democracy promotion-- is hanging by a sliver," said a director of the Nixon Center. [WP]

Choice boils down to tax cuts versus health care. [WP]

Candidates try to attract "hook and bullet" crowd of 50 million outdoorsmen. [WP]

GOP pushes for exurban vote; Dowd: "The growth potential is much bigger on the Republican side in exurban counties than it is on the Democratic side in urban counties." [LAT]

Kerry cancels speech in Boston to avoid crossing picket line. [NYT and BG]

Kerry endorsed by American Federation of Government Employees. [WP]

Bush campaign site groups Kerry, Moore, Gore, Dean, Gephardt, Hitler. [WT]

Parties descend on Latino voters in Florida. [LAT]

Kerry lacks effective message, say critics. Zogby: "Nothing of interest is breaking through on his part. Nuance is not going to win it this year. His base is way out ahead of him, and he is going to have to give his base something." [WT]

Shadow organizations filled with party insiders. [USAT]

Nader says Greens lose influence by not endorsing him. [WP]

The Green Party, with 250 elected officials and 400 candidates, shows signs of success; one hottie Green mayor was invited to be the next "Bachelor." [WP]

Timothy Goeglein, Rove's "legman on the right," the White House liaison to the right. [NYT][Brian Snyder/Reuters]

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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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