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Gossip Roundup: Do I Look Tired Edition

Out & About: Russell Simmons: "If it was up to me, I'd burn all flags and all things that let people separate themselves from each other." [WP]


Heard on the Hill: Jessica Cutler spotted on Hill petting K-9: "I don’t think I can get a job anywhere in this town for a long time.". . . Scuffle between reporter and cameraman caught on tape: "You asshole. You blocked the shot. You asshole!" [Roll Call]

Inside the Beltway: Ohio Rep. Sherrod Brown complains of secret, wee-hour voting orchestrated by Republicans. [WT]

Inside Politics: Rep. Jane Harman, of California, skeptical of proposal to postpone election if attacked. [WT]

Page Six: Trump wants to fire Bush: "Tell me, how is it possible that we can't find a guy who's 6-foot-6 and supposedly needs a dialysis machine?". . . Franken reportedly serious about Senate run. . . Moore wants to milk "F9/11" with "songs inspired by" album. [NYP, NYP, NYP]

Liz Smith: Lewinsky may return to school: "Well, I am 31 years old. I need to support myself. I have been trying to rebuild my life. I guess people don't realize that I am not trying to drag out my '15 minutes,' but I did get interrupted for a while." [NYP]

Cindy Adams: Chris Heinz: "Until John Edwards came aboard I was the best-looking guy in the group. When he signed on it was a bad day for me." Teresa is taking many vitamins. Is Kerry getting sleep? He replies, "Why, do I look tired? Can you tell I haven't been getting enough. Does it show?" McAuliffe: "It's only 115 days to go... 114... 113... We need everyone to tackle people on the street." [NYP]

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Cronkite to stop writing column. . . Cate Edwards postpones Vanity Fair internship. [NYDN]

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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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