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Oct 18 2019

The Breakfast Club (Living Messages)

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

Inventor Thomas Edison dies; Three scientists share Nobel prize for DNA work; Anthrax scare hits CBS in New York; Two U.S. athletes suspended for Mexico City Olympics protest; Rock star Chuck Berry born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Our children are the living messages we send to a future we will ever see… Will we rob them of their destiny? Will we rob them of their dreams? No – we will not do that.

Elijah Cummings (January 18, 1951 – October 17, 2019)

Breakfast News

School’s out: Chicago teachers strike, 1st day deal unlikely

Plan to close notorious Rikers jail complex by 2026 approved

The Latest: GM workers to begin contract voting on Saturday

Juul halts sales of fruit, dessert flavors for e-cigarettes

Judge blocks Trump from easing energy rules in US West

Some US farmers get a reprieve at end of challenging year

Hurricane Center: Tropical storm likely along Gulf Coast

Study: California’s big July quakes strain major fault

Saturday drama: Brexit battle to be decided in UK Parliament

Northern Ireland border communities anxious amid Brexit deal

Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift

Syrian Kurdish-led force says it will abide by cease-fire

IMF head says more needed to boost growth than US-China deal

As Britain battles to leave the EU, others struggle to join

Putin directs exercise of Russian nuclear forces

Protesters bar Haiti’s president from visiting historic site

Venezuela wins seat on UN rights body despite opposition

Riots darken Catalan separatist dream of peaceful secession

Breakfast Blogs

Sometimes Voter Suppression Is on Autopilot. Sometimes There’s Somebody Behind the Wheel. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Mick Mulvaney Confesses OMB and DOD Are Withholding Evidence of a Crime from Congress emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Sorting Out The Timeline For Lev Parnas And Program Trading Corp. Jim White, emptywheel

Rest in Power: Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (1951 – 2019) Rayne, emptywheel

The Age Of Unreason. Or Life in The Trump Reich. Echidne, at her blog

Somebody’s making some dubious trades on Trump chaos digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

Rep. Elijah Cummings dies at 68 Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

Pence Just Ratified All of Turkey’s War Aims in Syria Spencer Ackerman, The Daily Beast

Bill Barr’s Witch Hunt James Lamond and Talia Dessel, Just Security

GM Strike is Nearly Over Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erdogan orders US to remove Kurds from northern Syria so that Turkey can seize area unopposed: US complies Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Trump and the Senate Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Good Old Days driftglass, at his blog

Literary Corner: Recep, Don’t Be a Tough Guy Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

THE PARTY OF NORMAL PEOPLE Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Mick Mulvaney: Trump Committed Ukraine Crimes, It Was Awesome, GET OVER IT! Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Can You Read Gordon Sondland’s Ukraine Testimony Without Punching A Baby? A Wonkette Self-Control Test! Five Dollar Feminist, Wonkette

Welcome, G-7 Leaders, To Trump Miami Trash Palace, Ass-Grabs And Bedbugs For Free! Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

Oh Sad, Looks Like Susan Collins Gonna Get Impeached (By Voters) Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

If Trump Didn’t Know He Committed A Crime … LOL Sorry, We Tried To Get All The Way Through That Thought Jamie Lynn Crofts, Wonkette