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* Heard on the Hill: Before the freezer, there was the briefcase. In addition to multiple charges of bribery and racketeering, Rep. William Jefferson (D-La) is faced with one count of obstruction of justice due to a 2005 incident in which he tried to pull a switcheroo on an FBI agent during a raid of his home. The agent was not amused. [Roll Call]


* Reliable Source: Send your thanks to Bono for the Bush and Condoleezza Rice cover of Vanity Fair, not the staff of Vanity Fair. [WP]

* Yeas and Nays: Richard Dreyfus and Newt Gingrich bump into each other and speak civilly about civics and alternative histories...Even Republicans don't like Republicans. [Examiner]

* Shenanigans: Joe Scarborough is insisting that he didn't call Fred Thompson's wife a stripper: he was only asking if she is a fan of Carmen Electra's Strip to Fit. [Politico]

* The Sleuth: Fox News thinks they all look the same and that they all look like criminals. [WP]

* Page Six: Porn star Savanna Samson wants to "stump" for Rudy Giuliani. [NYP]

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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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