May 25 2018

The Breakfast Club (Spirit of Laughter)

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

“Star Wars” — the classic sci-fi movie written and directed by George Lucas — premieres; Former Enron execs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling are convicted of conspiracy and fraud; Comedian Jay Leno begins his run as host of N-B-C’s “The Tonight Show .

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed.

Bennett Cerf

Breakfast News

Judge mulls motion to dismiss Charlottesville rally lawsuit

Agency: Texas chemical plant unprepared for Harvey floods

Wisconsin frack sand sludge spill reaches Mississippi River

Trump administration defends Keystone XL pipeline in court

Jury recommends $25M in Johnson & Johnson lawsuit

Study: Some public pensions funds could run dry in downturn

Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family’s contact

APNewsBreak: Ethics complaint filed over Gianforte assault

N. Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

IAEA: Iran complying with nuclear deal, but could improve

Landmark abortion vote in Ireland may change constitution

Saudi Arabia releases 3 women as other activists still held

Probe: Missile that downed MH17 came from Russia-based unit

Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 31; 9 deaths

Breakfast Blogs

President* Trump Is Ready to Pull the Whole Temple Down on His Head Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

The Flynn Conspiracy Call Is Coming from Inside the [White] House emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Meanwhile, in Wisconsin: Two Republican US Senate Candidates Would Ban All Abortions. Echidne, at her blog

Totally not colludingTotally not colluding digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

No scintilla of integrity Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

With New U.S. Arms Sale Pending–What Happened to Saudi Assurances on Civilian Casualties in Yemen? Isa Qasim, Just Security

The Chamber of Commerce’s Court Scott Lemiuex, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Now I’m losing touch with reality and I’m almost out of blow Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

In Case You Were Wondering Where All the Money That Could Be Going to Build a Liberal Media Infrastructure Is Actually Going driftglass, at his blog


Report On Milwaukee PD Body Cams Show Fewer Complaints, Fewer Stops, But No Reduction In Use Of Force Tim Cushing, Techdirt