Jan 18 2017

The Breakfast Club (Fools On The Hill)

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

Soviet Union breaks Nazi siege of Lenningrad; British Explorer Robert F. Scott reaches South Pole; Boston Strangler convicted; Rudyard Kipling dies.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.

Charles de Montesquieu

Breakfast News

Chelsea Manning: majority of prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama

Repealing Obamacare would leave 32m without health coverage, analysis finds

Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal

Xi Jinping signals China will champion free trade if Trump builds barriers

Islamic State surrounds military airport in Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria

British Antarctic station to shut down for winter due to crack in ice

Photographs from Scott’s doomed polar expedition to be sold

Hundreds of coffins to be restored in Egyptian conservation project

Moon Express raises $20m for 2017 voyage to the moon

Breakfast Blogs

You’re Surprised? Have You Met This Guy? Charles Pierce, Esquire Politics

On Wikileaks and Chelsea Manning’s Commutation meptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

He’s either a pathological liar or he’s senile digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

Weaseling Out of Things Is A Core Trump Skill Spocjo, Hullabaloo

Of Kings and Presidents Batocchio, Hullabaloo

Art de la Resistance Hecate Demeter, at her blog

David Brooks Pledges to Go Right on Ignoring America’s Problems Until They Go Away driftglass, at his blog

Obama should not have had to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence Josh Marshall, TPM EdBlog

God News: The Term “Alt-Right” Is Toxic. Bad News: The Terminology Is Shifting

Government by Friedman Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

DOJ, Obama Administration Fight Order Requiring The Full CIA Torture Report To Be Turned Over To The Court Tim Cushing, Techdirt