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Jul 18 2019

The Breakfast Club (Thin Wire)

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 Spanish Civil War begins; Sen. Ted Kennedy’s passenger dies when he drives his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island; South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and musician Ricky Skaggs born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.

Hunter S. Thompson

Breakfast News

GOP Sen. Rand Paul slows bill to boost 9/11 victims fund

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

House holds 2 Trump officials in contempt in census dispute

House blocks maverick Democrat’s Trump impeachment effort

House Democratss, GOP unite to repeal Obama health care tax

House votes to block sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia

Nuclear industry push for reduced oversight gaining traction

Police arrest Hawaiian protesters trying to block telescope

Montana, North Dakota push against Washington state rail law

Animal rescue group needs help caring for 89 baby birds

US heat wave just warming up for long and scorching weekend

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

Top diplomat: Iran must build missiles for defense

UK leader May slams populist politics, Brexit ‘absolutism’

Architect: Notre Dame far from safe for restoration work

Hong Kong elders march in support of young demonstrators

Germany introducing mandatory measles vaccination for kids

Scientists find new way to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes

Nesting penguins can’t resist lure of New Zealand sushi shop

Breakfast Blogs

Congratulations, George Wallace, There’s a Party for You Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Roger Stone Lawyer Bruce Rogow Concedes His CrowdStrike Ploy Was Just That emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

RIP Justice John Paul Stevens digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

Jerks jerking chains Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

Why I Split from Netroots Nation and Why I Can’t Go Back Martin Longman, Progresive Pond

The Supreme Court Just Made It Easier to Conceal Abuse of Migrant Detainees Kendyl Salcito, Just Security

What ‘Metering’ Really Looks Like in South Texas Stephanie Leutert, Lawfare

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 511 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Trump Proved That Bush Proved That Reagan Proved That Deficits Don’t Matter driftglass, at his blog

Then there’s the trope of maddening indirection Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

Let’s Have This Goddamn Political Race War Already The Rude Pundit, at his blog

SOMEDAY WE MAY THANK THE SQUAD FOR DEFEATING TRUMP Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog