Dec 16 2016

The Breakfast Club (Honesty and Deceit)

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 10:30am (ET) 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 Boston Tea Party takes place; World War Two’s Battle of the Bulge begins; Ludwig van Beethoven is born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.

Noel Coward

Breakfast News

Aleppo Syria battle: Evacuation of rebel-held east

Images show ‘significant’ Chinese weapons systems in South China Sea

UK and US ramp up criticism of Russia and Iran over Aleppo crisis

EU extends Russia sanctions over Ukraine

Killings by US police logged at twice the previous rate under new federal program

Justice department sues Michigan city over denial of proposed mosque

Resignation of FCC chair Tom Wheeler paves the way for net neutrality battle

Twitter blocks government ‘spy centers’ from accessing user data

Facebook now flags and down-ranks fake news with help from outside fact checkers

New York Public Library launches imprint to publish books inspired by its collections

Breakfast Blogs

Republicans Are Staging a Coup in North Carolina Charles Pierce, Esquire Politics

Craig Murray’s Description of WikiLeaks’ Sources emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

The “Pizzagate.” Or Down The Rabbit Hole of Fake News. Echidne, at her blog

My Response To Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “My President Was Black” driftglass, at his blog

If you’re honest about your corruption can you call it unethical? digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

Smite makes right Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

One Bathroom Accident Could Be What Saved Us From Secretary Of State Giuliani Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

“FAKE NEWS” Is a Distraction From the Disastrous Performance of “Real” News Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Supreme Court Will Hear A Case That Could Finally Shut Down East Texas As The Patent Troll Mecca Mike Masnick, Techdirt