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Dec 18 2019

The Breakfast Club (Vanity)

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

U.S. Supreme Court upholds the relocation and detention of Japanese-Americans during World War Two; U.S. begins 12 days of heavy bombing of North Vietnamese targets; Steven Spielberg is born; Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ – publicly premieres in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.

Jane Austen

Breakfast News

US senator proposes money, oversight to boost dam safety

US proposes new rules to increase organ transplants

Bill to raise tobacco age has unlikely allies: Altria, Juul

Montana tribe’s long recognition struggle clears Congress

Washington state sues over courthouse immigration arrests

In reversal, border agents allow sick 7-year-old to enter US

Volunteers battle health crisis of asylum seekers in Mexico

India’s Supreme Court delays hearing citizenship law pleas

France on strike: Power cuts, schools shut, no Eiffel Tower

Pakistan sentences former dictator to death in treason case

Brazil’s Amazon mega-dam: broken promises for distant power

Finland offers crash course in artificial intelligence to EU

Breakfast Blogs

Yeah, the Letter. But Today’s Biggest Trump News Came Out of a Court Room in New York. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

A Biased FBI Agent Was Running an Informant on an Oppo-Research Predicated Investigation–into Hillary–in 2016 emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Macron’s Christmas: Grabbing the Third Rail of French Politics Quinn Norton, emptywheel

The Funeral Of Feminist Blogs Echidne, at her blog

“The literal image of the power behind the throne” digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullaba

Cheer up! More incriminating evidence about Trump’s crimes is on the way! Spocko, Hullabaloo

Well, do ya, punks? Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

A National Security Impeachment Harold Hongju Koh, Just Security

Judge William Webster’s New York Times Op-Ed John Bellinger, Lawfare

Elections have consequences Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 596Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Today in Both Sides Do It: Heresy in the Time of Ptolemy, Blasphemy in the Time of Brooks driftglass, at his blog

Random Observations on Trump’s Completely Bugnuts Insane “Letter” on Impeachment Eve The Rude Pundit, at his blog

THE VERDICT OF HISTORY (RED AMERICA VERSION) Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Rudy Giuliani: I DID CRIMES! TRUMP KNEW ABOUT IT! WHAT YEAR IS IT? ARE YOU A REAL POLICEMAN? Evan Hurst, Wonkette

How Sorry Is Michael Flynn That He Hired This Nutbag Lawyer? Liz Dye, Wonkette

Erdogan Threatens To Recognize US Genocide Of Native Americans, Oh No, Not THE TRUTH!1! Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

New York Times Now ‘Both Sides’-ing Measles, Whooping Cough, The Plague… Stephen Robinson, Wonkette