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Gossip Roundup: Meeting the Penguins Edition

Under the Dome: Kerry writes preface to Langston Hughes collection. . . Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.) complains about cereal including toy containing mercury. . . Press release names Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) Alice. . . Sen. Roberts distributes lavender soap and bath salts at Republican luncheon. [The Hill]


Heard on the Hill: Two Hill staffers to compete in Miss D.C. pageant. . . DCCC collects haikus for Bush's birthday. . . Thune solicits from Lautenberg. [Roll Call]

Names & Faces: Bush bikes at Secret Service training facility in Beltsville. [WP]

Washington Whispers: Bush uses fuck and shit as an "adjective, a verb, and a noun.". . . McCain may visit Antarctica to meet penguins. [USN&WR]

Lloyd Grove's Lowdown: Kerry campaign commissions original music for ads. [NYDN]

Rush & Molloy: Bush reportedly calls his daughters "a pain in the ass." [NYDN]

The Scoop: Moore attacks Disney for distributing "America's Heart & Soul": "Disney joining forces with the right wing kooks who have come together to attempt to censor 'Fahrenheit 9/11' must mean that Dumbo is now in charge of the company’s strategic decisions." [MSNBC]

Fox411: "F9/11" tops $60 million. [Fox News]

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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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