Feb 15 2019

The Breakfast Club (Empowerment)

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

The U.S. battleship Maine explodes in Havana harbor, bringing America closer to war with Spain; The Soviet Union’s last troops leave Afghanistan; Astronomer Galileo and suffragist Susan B. Anthony born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment.

Barbara Jordan

Breakfast News

Trump administration sued over shift in asylum policy

Racketeering lawsuit by Dakota Access developer dismissed

Feds requiring regional response teams to oil train wrecks

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

Judge to weigh fight over citizenship question on US census

Storm creates chaos in California with flooding, mudslides

UK’s May suffers embarrassing defeat on Brexit strategy

Venezuelan prosecutor to investigate Guaido appointments

North Korea exploring sanctions-proof energy technologies

Egypt lawmakers approve possible 3-decade rule by president

Pence urges Europe to quit Iran deal, stop busting sanctions

Breakfast Blogs

Memo to Wisconsin Republicans: Civil Rights Figures Are Always ‘Controversial.’ That’s the Point. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

The Unseen Aspects of Paul Manafort’s Lies and Truth-Telling Are as Telling as the Ones We’ve Seen emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Here’s a real emergency digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

With the republic in peril… Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

Will Executive Privilege Block Congress’ Access to Trump-Putin Helsinki Meeting Notes? Andy Wright, Just Security

Trump Screws Contractors, But Why Didn’t Democrats Do More To Defend Them? Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

“emergency powers are consistent with free government only when their control is lodged elsewhere than in the Executive who exercises them” Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The real national emergency Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Real Emergency Has Nothing to Do with the Border The Rude Pundit, at his blog

Word to the Wise Guys Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names