Apr 11 2019

The Breakfast Club (Privileges)

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

President Harry Truman relieves Gen. Douglas Mcarthur of his command in Asia; Napoleon Bonaparte banished to Island of Elba; American soldiers liberate first Nazi concentration camp; Idi Amin deposed as Uganda’s President; Apollo 13 blasts off.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

Charles Evans Hughes

Breakfast News

Texas lawmakers consider the death penalty for abortion

States pushing near-bans on abortion, targeting Roe v. Wade

Arkansas governor to sign anti-‘sanctuary cities’ bill

Trump signs orders making it harder to block pipelines

Bill banning abortions after heartbeat sent to Ohio governor

North Dakota governor signs bill banning abortion procedure

Kentucky districts get subpoenas related to teacher absences

Brain scans may reveal concussion damage in living athletes

Lawyer: Challenge to NYC’s vaccination order in the works

Bomb cyclone storm hammering central US, disrupting travel

New Zealand Parliament passes sweeping gun restrictions

Trick or treat? EU, UK agree to delay Brexit until Halloween

China’s spreading influence in Eastern Europe worries West

Australian election May 18 to be fought on refugees, economy

Trump critic is favorite to become Australian prime minister

Israeli PM Netanyahu poised for 5th term as rival concedes

Castro warns Cubans to brace for shortages

2 busts in Singapore reveal 38,000 endangered pangolins lost

Breakfast Blogs

Infrastructure Week Is a Joke—Until It Isn’t Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Barr and Trump got what they wanted digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

Why is Trump Emptying DHS of Everyone But Loyalists? tristero, Hullabaloo

“Pay me now or pay me later” Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

What the President May Now Fear Most in Mueller Report Ryan Goodman, Just Security

Memo to the Press: How Not to Screw Up on the Mueller Report Quinta Jurecic ad Benjamin Wittes, Lawfare

How Race Made the Opioid Crisis Donna Murch, Boston Review

That Sweet, Sweet NIMBYism Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

If Bernie Sanders hadn’t existed, it would have been necessary to invent him Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

David Brooks: Donald Trump is a Black Hole driftglass, at his blog

The Drunk Uncle of Our Country Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names