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Apr 18 2018

The Breakfast Club (Yardsticks)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

The San Francisco earthquake; What becomes known as ‘Paul Revere’s ride’; A suicide bomb hits the U.S. embassy in Lebanon; Physicist Albert Einstein dies; Wayne Gretzky plays his last NHL game.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people – your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.

Barbara Bush June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018

Breakfast News

Supreme Court strikes down as vague part of immigration law

IRS gives taxpayers extra day to file after website issues

Sandy Hook families file suit against Infowars’ Alex Jones

Nebraska doesn’t extend Medicaid benefits to elderly nuns

1 dead after jet blows an engine; woman nearly sucked out

Former Minnesota FBI agent cites racism in explaining leak

Forecasters warn of rare, life-threatening wildfire weather

Senators introduce new war powers resolution

Syria envoy says UN security team visits alleged attack site

Younger party official faces test as Cuba’s next president

Amid protests, Armenia’s ex-president becomes prime minister

Cambridge Analytica ex-CEO refuses to testify in UK

Study: Diamond from the sky may have come from ‘lost planet’

Breakfast Blogs

Nikki Haley Just Learned That Trump Sees Everyone Around Him as Disposable Assets Charles Pierce, Esquire Politics

The Trump Organization Really Doesn’t Want FBI to Have the Michael Cohen Files emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Wingnut convergence digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

Stormy weather for Sean Hannity Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

What the Senate Needs to Ask Gina Haspel Katherine Hawkins, Just Security

A Primer on the Corker-Kaine Draft AUMF Robert Chesney, Lawfare

Make the Gilded Age Great Again Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Gulf Stream Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Lawyers

LAWYERS ARE TRUMP’S SUBSTITUTE FOR COMPETENCE Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

If Trump Is So Worried About Protecting Attorney-Client Privilege, He Should End The NSA’s Bulk Surveillance (And CPB Device Seizures) Cathy Gellis, Techdirt