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Election Recycling: Super Rangers Edition

its_the_shoes_gotta_be_the_shoes Bush "down, but not out," says Peter Hart of new WSJ/NBC poll. Dowd predicts Kerry bounce, but tie after GOP convention. Bush's approval rating at 45 percent; voters mostly split; Bush's support is stronger than Kerry's. [WSJ]


Kerry raises $175 million, outpacing Bush's 2000 record. [BG]

Kerry works on acceptance speech, announcement on running mate likely Tuesday: Vilsack, Edwards, Gephardt, Biden, Nunn. [BG and USAT]

White House faces challenge of spinning rate hike. Republican strategist: "Economists know that's true. However, people's mortgage rates are going up; credit card rates are going up. It's hard to celebrate an interest rate increase from a political standpoint." [LAT]

BC04 taps churches for directories and support. [WP]

Kerry criticizes Bush for mismanagement of troops. [BG]

Kerry opposes drivers' licenses for migrants. [LAT]

RNC announces 62 "Super Rangers" who have raised over $300,000 each. [WP]

Cheney used by Republicans to rally base, by Democrats to raise Bush's weaknesses; Cheney begins bus tour of battleground states. [LAT]

Campaigns play dirty with online ads. "If it's outrageous enough, it gets picked up [by news media], and you get to have your cake and eat it too," says director of GWU program. [LAT]

New ad portrays Kerry as pilot, hunter, hockey player, family man, veteran, and public servant. [NYT and LAT]

Nader receives donations from top Republicans, uses Reform Party to get on ballots, will debate Dean on NPR. [NYT and BG and WP and LAT]

Stern to push for Kerry. [USAT]

Online games gain popularity in campaigns. [NYT]

New site catalogs historical and current campaign ads. [NYT]

[AP Photo/Charles Dharapak]

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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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