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May 22 2019

The Breakfast Club (Improbable Truth)

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

Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy sign the ‘Pact of Steel’; Richard Nixon is the first U.S. president to visit the Soviet Union; Actor Laurence Olivier born; Johnny Carson hosts his last ‘Tonight Show.’

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Arthur Conan Doyle

Breakfast News

Mississippi abortion law ‘smacks of defiance,’ US judge says

Nevada lawmakers close to repealing tough abortion rules

States sue over rule allowing clinicians to refuse abortions

California sues over $1B in canceled high-speed rail money

Colorado won’t halt drilling as it refocuses rules on safety

San Francisco police chief: Journalist ‘crossed the line’

Judge won’t toss suit challenging Georgia voting machines

Washington is 1st state to allow composting of human bodies

Bomb-laden drone from Yemen rebels targets Saudi airport

Spain: Jailed Catalans, far right deputies in new Parliament

Seeking Brexit support, May offers vote on new referendum

Ukraine’s president calls new parliamentary election

Duterte’s allies dominate Senate race, shut out opposition

Mexicans buy fake cellphones to hand over in muggings

Austrian chancellor set to face confidence vote next week

Frenchman in vegetative state kept alive after appeal to UN

Breakfast Blogs

Nancy Pelosi Must Defend the Essential Integrity of the Constitution Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Michael Cohen’s HPSCI Testimony Proves Trump Lied in his Answers to Mueller emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

He’s already as unpopular as Nixon was 6 months into the Watergate hearings digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

Trump’s betting on simple math Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

The Three-Level Game in the White House Effort to Block McGahn’s Testimony Bob Bauer, Just Security

The House Is Right to Move Toward an Impeachment Inquiry Quinta Jurecic, Lawfare

Is it OK to criticize a Harvard law professor for choosing to represent a particular client in a criminal proceeding? Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Trump Attempt To Eliminate Congressional Oversight Power Rejected Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Eleventh Lesson of Rahmses driftglass, at his blog

For the Record: My Conversation With Rob Goldstone Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

WHY NO ONE ASKS REPUBLICANS TO DO OUTREACH Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog