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* Reliable Source: Rep. Cynthia McKinney's "original" statement about her run-in with a Capitol Hill officer said, "It is... a shame that while I conduct the country's business, I have to stop and call the police to tell them that I've changed my hairstyle so that I'm not harassed at work." McKinney has also noted that white officers are more likely than black officers to ask for her identification: "Some things never change -- that's what Tupac said.". . . Bush called Bo Derek in 2000 to say, "Bo, let me just say that you and Josh [Bolten] together are a perfect 15.". . . ABC is shooting a pilot for a show about "young hottie D.C. bureaucrats." [WP]


* Inside the Beltway: Mayor of Bay St. Louis, Miss. attends Correspondents' Association Dinner wearing shorts to display solidarity with hurricane victims. . . Donna Brazile as Cheney walks by: "Should I duck?". . . John McLaughlin orders milk at the Morton's bar, but has fruit punch instead. [WT]

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The New York Times this weekend brought us a case study of how Donald Trump's family separation policy tore apart just one family last year, although this particular example is notable because it involves the youngest child known -- so far -- to have been taken from his parents at the US-Mexico border. Little Constantin Mutu was just four months old when he was taken from his father, Vasile, a Romanian seeking asylum in the USA, having believed all that outdated crap about the Statue of Liberty being the "Mother of Exiles." What a sap! We're not letting those tempest-tossed takers push US around any more!

Constantin was taken from his dad in February of 2018, a good two months before the Trump administration officially announced the family separation policy -- but which we now know had been operating covertly since the summer of 2017 before it was expanded last year. Vasile and Florentina Mutu, members of the Roma ethnic minority, came to the US seeking asylum after Florentina found out that when she'd had a C-section while giving birth to Constantin, the doctors had also sterilized her without her knowing it. She said she was handed papers while she was foggy from the pain of labor, and had no idea what she was signing, and reporter Caitlin Dickerson notes "human rights groups have documented the practice of forced sterilizations" of Roma elsewhere in Europe.

And the Mutus had heard all sorts of wonderful things about America, too. They made a living by leaving their village and begging or doing short-term labor around Europe, then going home, where life was less expensive, but some people from their village had reputedly gone to the US and become rich, although maybe those stories were exaggerated. Still,

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