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Election Recycling: Their Big Flamboyant Lie Edition

scared_very_scared Bush jets to EU, NATO summits with expectation of announcing international commitment to Iraq; advisors hope new tone is established. [WP and WSJ]


Bush interviewed for 70 minutes regarding CIA leak; not under oath. [WP and NYT]

Supreme Court rules in favor of Cheney, likely ensuring energy meetings will not be exposed before November; partisan bickering heats up. [WP and NYT and WSJ]

Kerry moves to the middle; DLC leader terms him "a pragmatic centrist in the Clinton mode." Kerry: "George Bush talked about being a uniter, not a divider. But he's been the greatest divider as a president in the modern history of this country." [NYT]

Bush, Kerry promise spread of broadband; Kerry receives endorsement of Iacocca, former supporter of Bush: "This is a huge for us politically in terms of how business leaders perceive the parties." [WP and NYT and NYT and USAT]

Voters turn on Iraq: 54% judge it as mistake, according to USAT/CNN/Gallop poll. Dowd: "The fact that people feel that way doesn't make them feel better about Kerry or worse about us." [USAT]

Ron Reagan sharpens criticism of Bush: "My father didn't know George W. Bush from Adam" and "When you hear somebody justifying a war by citing the Almighty, I get a little worried, frankly." Reagan advisor says Republicans aren't worried because they have Michael Reagan. [WP]

Gore: "This lie about the invented connection between Al Qaeda and Iraq was and is the key to justifying the current ongoing constitutional power grab by the president. So long as their big flamboyant lie remains an established fact in the public's mind, President Bush will be seen as justified in taking for himself the power to make war on his whim." Terry Holt: "This is just one of the faces of John Kerry's Democratic Party. The anger and vitriol of this attack is so out of step with what voters need in this election. The former vice president's series of rants fits with the whole tenor of their effort to attack President Bush." [NYT and WT]

Massachusetts Democrats change rules, denying Romney right to choose successor should Kerry win. Romney: "That's a sweetheart deal." [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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