Aug 23 2019

The Breakfast Club (Act Naturally)

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

Nazis and Soviets sign a non-aggression pact on eve of World War II; Sacco and Vanzetti executed; Defrocked priest John Geoghan killed; Movie star Rudolph Valentino and Broadway’s Oscar Hammerstein die.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

Ray Bradbury

Breakfast News

Money crunch after Planned Parenthood quits federal program

Walmart to revamp, reopen El Paso store after mass shooting

Reported illness among vapers reaches 150 possible cases

California pot taxes tick up but miss initial projections

California sails toward biggest salmon harvest in years

Global worry over Amazon fires escalates; Bolsonaro defiant

Rohingya shun repatriation to Myanmar, want safety guarantee

S. Korea cancels Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute

UK’s Johnson presses for fresh Brexit talks in Paris

Climate change turns Arctic into strategic, economic hotspot

Giraffes move closer to endangered species protection

Breakfast Blogs

Montana Is the Next New Jersey Is the Next Flint Is the Next… Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

In Epstein’s Wake: MIT Media Lab, Dirty Money, and Swartz Rayne, emptywheel

“I’ll have no choice but to release them into the countries from which they came” digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

Planning for victory Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

The Tit-for-Tat Dynamics of 21st Century Extremism Valery Perry, Just Security

Saudi Arabia and the Civil War Within Yemen’s Civil War Bruce Riedel, Lawfare

Elections have consequences: Oakland County edition DJW, Lawyers, Guns and Money

DOJ sends out VDARE anti-Semitic rant to immigration judges Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Our Omniscient Framers Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Demoralizing Reality of Life Under Trump Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

Focusing on the Amazon in a Time of Maximum Distraction The Rude Pundit, at his blog

Moscow Mitch Writes Love Song To All The Senate Norms He’s F*cked Before Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

The Amazon Is On Fire. Bummer If You’re A Fan Of Oxygen. Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

Very Shocking New Poll Shows Anti-Abortion A-Holes Mostly Just Hate Women Evan Hurst, Wonkette