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The sad news that Jim Newell is going back to Gawker Media, after having been dismissed by Gawker Media (along with this site!) two years ago, has provoked a K-Lo-esque "Steady Stream of E-mails Coming Into My Inbox." Everybody wants Newell's spot on the Wonkette staff box! Well, nobody can really have it.

First of all, the famous COMICS CURMUDGEON Josh Fruhlinger will continue to cover most of your American Mornings here at Wonkette, and we are adding to his already harsh workload, because the Natural Supply of natural-born Wonkette writers is small. Josh is the only Wonkette Veteran who has been here, on and off, as long as your own editor. Since early 2006! What was that, nine or twelve years ago? Computers didn't even *exist* back then. (We blogger'd the old-fashioned way: By leaving ink-on-paper messages at the Subway for Andrew Sullivan to relay, by hand.)

Now, THIS IS IMPORTANT: A whole bunch of writers, including several writers we know and enjoy from their work at other websites and newspapers, have basically written to say, "Sorry Jim's leaving, can I have his spot?" And, well, no. Nobody can have Jim's spot, because Newell's "I'll post crazy stuff when I get up at 4 p.m." position is being eliminated when Jim files his last insane, delightful item here at Wonkette.

We will be adding a WASHINGTON DC daytime political-comedy blogger, someone who currently lives in Washington DC, the nation's capital, home of The Capitol -- and if you believe you are that person, send a note to Wonkette. Go ahead and direct us to a few samples if you already know how to do what it is that we do when we do it, here at Wonkette. And, as Josh already fills the required Wonkette Ginger Spot, try being something else, like a "Person of Color," or "Female," or "Not German." This is NOT a full-time thing. You are never going to get rich or even "make a modest living" from blogging, sorry. What do you think this is, 2007?

We are also opening up the site a little bit to a very small select handful of regular contributors, a la our blood-brother/sisters in New York, at The Awl. Not that many, but maybe five or six. There will be a Television Column, right? Because that's all people do, watch the teevee. Maybe it's a "Political Television" column, whatever in the fuck that means. (LOST: Was That About Politics Maybe?, etc.) Could five or six of you send the ideas for the other ones? Just five or six, please. And no, you don't have to live in DC for that.

Okay, your editor is now going to "late lunch," good-bye forever!

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Fellow Wonkers, this last week of horror has been wearing on us all, because here we are in a world where the "president" of the United States has ordered that migrant children be taken away from their parents at the border, and is simultaneously proud of it (for his base) and cravenly blaming it on Democrats because even he knows it's morally reprehensible. But what the hell can we do about it beyond calling our senators and representatives and posting sadness on Twitter, the latter of which is of dubious utility to anyone, and mostly depressing?

Resist the urge to disappear into a bottle. The kids and the families need you.

Slate has compiled a great list of places to start, which we will liberally summarize for you right now:

The thing these folks need most is LAWYERS. If you're an immigration lawyer, you're probably already swamped. But on the off chance you have time and expertise to spare, the American Immigration Lawyers Association is building a list of volunteers.

Yr Dok Zoom has given money to the fine folks at RAICES, a San Antonio-based group that has two major projects. They're getting lawyers for migrant families (and for the kids when possible) and raising money to pay migrant parents' bond so they can be out of jail and with their families. If you're in Texas, then click here to volunteer!

Update: RAICES is also holding a "what you can do" webinar this Thursday:

Also for folks who are in Texas:

The Texas Civil Rights Project is seeking "volunteers who speak Spanish, Mam, Q'eqchi' or K'iche' and have paralegal or legal assistant experience."

There's also CARA -- an umbrella organization for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Together, they provide legal services at immigration detention centers.

To help kids who are already in immigration detention, there's Kids in Need of Defense, which provides children with representation in immigration court and also lobbies for children's legal interests. Donate here.

If you're not quite sure where to give, ActBlue has bundled several immigrant rights groups into a single donation button -- see the list and donate here.

Remember, there's always the ACLU, which is fighting family separation with a federal class action lawsuit.

You want to march? Former top government ethics lawyer Walter Shaub, who gave up trying to tell the Trump administration what ethics even are, will be announcing the details of a national march (think DC and local affiliated marches) tonight on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes." We'll make noise here, too.

Good people are coming together to put an end to this cruelty. EVERY Democrat in the Senate is now co-sponsoring Dianne Feinstein's bill to stop family separation.

And hell, we'll even give the last word to Jennifer Rubin, who seems to have reassessed some of her previous political views. She has a reminder for all of us:

Damn straight. Remember it every damn day between now and then.

It's your open thread. Don't boo -- organize. Time to RESIST.

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There are perks to being the only Harvard professor willing to shill for the Bush League Mussolini. Everyone else has to haul ass to the Fox studio and sit for hair and makeup. Not Alan Dershowitz! He just parks his laptop in Pee Wee's playhouse and Skypes in that rant. Is he even wearing pants? We hope never to find out!

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