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Gossip Roundup: Nasty Synonym Edition

· What do Matt Drudge and Al Franken have in common? "He threw a complete drama queen snit," says one witness to Franken's Iowa airport freakout last week, where the proudly progressive pundit tried to cut in line to catch a plane out. (Who can blame him?) [NY Post]


· Hey, you said it, lady, not us: "Have you looked at him? . . . He looks like a 60-year-old man who has been working too hard running for President, with little time for sleep and no time to worry about what he looks like." Kerry's campaign denies Botox rumors. [NYDN]

· Robert Redford meets with Fidel Castro, gets sunscreen recommendations. [NYDN

· Heard on the Hill serves up the Washingtonian's Lott interview (already buzzy) with a great teaser: "Does Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) privately use a nasty synonym for “opportunist” to describe his successor, Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.)?" But disappoints with the answer: According to Lott, “There is a word for a man like Bill Frist. . . Ingrate.” [Roll Call]

· Says former Hillary senatorial opponent Rick Lazio: "There is a great need today for people who can make complex economic and political forces accessible to a mass audience." Too true. Unfortunately, Lazio thinks he's one of those people. [NY Newsday]

· Unclear on the concept: The Hill's "gossip" column has a lot of depressing items about death. [The Hill]

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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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