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Aug 21 2018

The Breakfast Club (Vital Ingredient)

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

Soviet coup against Mikhail Gorbachev fails; Exiled revolutionary Leon Trotsky murdered in Mexico; Nat Turner leads a slave rebellion; U.S. flag gets 50th star; Count Basie and singer Kenny Rogers born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.

Dave Barry

Breakfast News

FBI probes computer hacks in California House campaigns

Farmers protest California water plan aimed to save salmon

Day at the beach turns to panic, tragedy; married couple die

Hard to see, hard to breathe: US West struggles with smoke

Confederate statue on UNC campus toppled by protesters

Governor closes state lands to bear hunting

Washington judge blocks kill order on wolves to save cattle

El Salvador, Taiwan break ties, further isolating Asian isle

Poland bans Ukraine activist from Europe, raising questions

Uganda police battle protesters seeking release of pop star

Australia’s Turnbull survives leadership vote; Dutton leaves

Frustration rules as Venezuela unveils new currency

Greeks see little cause for joy as 8-year bailout era ends

Breakfast Blogs

Ken Starr Just Produced the Most Incredible Hypocrisy in the History of Cable News Charles P. Pierce Esquire Politics

Sometimes a Plea Is Just a Plea: The Ongoing Criminal Exposure of Mueller’s “Cooperating” Witnesses emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Corporations As Luggage Echidne, at her blog

Kavanaugh and the dirty,dirty digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

The freedom to be afraid Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

The Trials of White House Counsel Don McGahn Andy Wright, Just Security

Windmills, Our Deadliest Killers Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Ron Fournier: The Triumphant Return of the America’s Sad Clown of Centrism driftglass, at his blog

ANNNNND … IT’S ALAN DERSHOWITZ WITH THE FIRST DEFENSE OF “TRUTH ISN’T TRUTH” Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

For the Record: Lincoln and Kavanaugh Yastreblyansky, Rectification of Names

As Press Freedom Dies In Turkey, Twitter Is There To Help Dig Its Grave Tim Cushing, Techdirt