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Apr 19 2018

The Breakfast Club (Masters of War)

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

Oklahoma City bombing; Battle of Lexington and Concord; Pope Benedict XVI elected; Branch Davidian siege near Waco, TX ends.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.

P. J. O’Rourke

Breakfast News

Dick’s Sporting Goods to destroy all unsold assault-style weapons

Largest maker of bump stocks will stop accepting orders

Regulators to require inspections after jet engine explosion

Possibility of first-ever strike divides Arizona teachers

NY official: Trump pardons can’t be shield for state charges

New York governor to allow 35,000 paroled felons to vote

420′s long, strange trip to pot holiday began in California

Team backed by Microsoft co-founder locates USS Helena wreck

Up to 1,400 basking sharks gathering off North American coast

UN team fired on at suspected Syria chemical attack site

Miguel Diaz-Canel, 57, selected as next president of Cuba

Merkel condemns attack on 2 men wearing skullcaps in Germany

First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and ‘Black Panther’

Breakfast Blogs

Trump’s New Foreign Policy Kick Is a Five-Alarm Fire Charles Pierce, Esquire Politics

The Fire Rosenstein Squad among Trump’s Buddies emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Short Posts 4/18/18: On Sean Hannity, James Comey and The End Of Online Privacy Echidne, at her blog

Heroines digby aka Heather Digby Nixon, Hullabaloo

Scorch? Meet earth. Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

Gina Haspel Threatens Intelligence Cooperation: Yet Another Reason for Senators to Vote Her Down As CIA Director Amrit Singh and Jonathan Horowitz, Just Security

The Russians Are Coming Susan Landau, Lawfare

Trump’s Lawyer Forgets to Pretend He’s Innocent, Also Compares Him to Mobster Jonathan Chait, New Yorker

NIMBYs Prevail in California Scott Lemieux. Lawyers, Guns and Money

Baserunning and risk aversion (baseball stats puzzler) Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Home Care Workers and the Future of Work Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Button, Button driftglass, on his blog

End Stage Addendum: But How? Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

STOP TRYING TO MAKE A TRUMP PRIMARY CHALLENGE HAPPEN. IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

In Trying To Ban Telegram, Russia Breaks The Internet Karl Bode, Techdirt