Apr 17 2019

The Breakfast Club (Abstinence)

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

Cuban exiles invade Bay of Pigs; Three astronauts of Apollo 13 land safely in pacific ocean; Benjamin Franklin dies at age 84; JP Morgan born in Connecticut; Ford rolls out the Mustang convertible.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

War will disappear only when men shall take no part whatever in violence and shall be ready to suffer every persecution that their abstention will bring them. It is the only way to abolish war.

Anatole France

Breakfast News

North Carolina ‘born-alive’ abortion bill wins final passage

Asylum seekers who show credible fear not eligible for bond

Judge wants faster identification of separated families

Advisory group recommends changes to migrant processing

Trump vetoes measure to end US involvement in Yemen war

Tribes denounce North Dakota ID law in congressional hearing

Officials announce new measures to fight NY measles outbreak

US halts sales of pelvic mesh tied to injuries in women

First Red Cross aid distributed in crisis-torn Venezuela

Turkey eyes US sanctions waivers on Iran oil, Russia arms

Israel court orders expulsion of Human Rights Watch director

Egypt lawmakers pass amendments now headed to referendum

Syria fuel shortages, worsened by US sanctions, spark anger

Rebuilding Notre Dame will be long, fraught and expensive

Thai oil rig workers rescue dog swimming 135 miles offshore

Breakfast Blogs

The Republican Party Is Making America Great Again—for Plutocrats and Well-Heeled Thieves Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

How to Read the Mueller Report emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Brilliance. A Gendered Concept in American Politics? Echidne, at her blog

When Trump tweeted out a Riefenstahl-esque video digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

Bach at the Border tristero, Hullabaloo

The House has muscles yet to flex Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

Is Trump a Russian Agent?: Explaining Terms of Art and Examining the Facts John Sipher, Just Security

It’s Time to Admit That the Military Commissions Have Failed Steve Vladeck, Lawfare

Trump vs. the Trump Administration DNexon, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Fixer Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Beyond Meat Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

George W. Bush: The Amazing Disappearing President driftglass, at his blog

Honest to God Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names