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Gossip Roundup: Holding My Vote Hostage Edition

Names & Faces: My Life approaches millionth sold. . . Georgetown Ritz-Carlton sees bounce from "F9/11" [WP]


Inside the Beltway: Bennett Roth's pool report: "While most of you [reporters] were getting your beauty sleep, your pooler was up this morning observing the parade of NATO leaders." [WT]

Inside Politics: Rothenberg: "The most likely outcome right now in the fight for the House is anything from a small Democratic gain of a couple of seats to a small Republican gain of a couple of seats.". . . Sen. Allen accused of being "pro-homosexual" by pro-family group. . . Starr plans to read Clinton's memoir. . . "Clinton's sadomasochism, narcissism, Oedipus complex, fear of death, and his sexuality" are explored in The Clintons Meet Freud. [WT]

Liz Smith: "F9/11" and "The Passion" as Oscar nominees? [NYP]

Page Six: Shock that Lewinsky's publicist misinforms the media. . . Dick Morris on Bill Clinton: He "suffers from ADD. If or when he doesn't get enough attention, he's disordered." [NYP and NYP]

Rush & Molloy: Sean Combs, Russell Simmons annoyed with Kerry, but plan major protest of Rockefeller drug laws opposite GOP convention; Simmons: "Ninety percent of the black people will vote Democratic unless people get as angry as I'm getting and they start looking at Ralph Nader." Adds Combs: "I'm holding my vote hostage until I hear what I expect Kerry to say about health care and computers in schools". . . Clinton greets 2,000 in L.A. [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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