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Jan 17 2020

The Breakfast Club (Freedom Of Thought)

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.

This Day in History

Benjamin Franklin born; Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw; Eisenhower farewell address; Japan earthquake; Al Capone is born;Muhammad Ali born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom – and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.

Benjamin Franklin

Breakfast News

FBI arrests 3 alleged white supremacists ahead of gun rally

Organizers appeal ban on arms at upcoming Virginia gun rally

Judge halts California labor law as it relates to truckers

Judge threatens to force PG&E to hire more tree trimmers

Official says Phoenix airport ride-hailing fee is illegal

orms cut power in Washington state mountain towns for days an hour ago

Kentucky coal miners end protest with paychecks

Ukraine opens probe of possible surveillance of ambassador

Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia

China’s 2019 economic growth weakens amid trade war

1st malaria vaccine tried out in babies in 3 African nations

Guatemala sweeps up migrant group, returns them to border

Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal’s invasive species

Australia firefighters save world’s only rare dinosaur trees

Breakfast Blogs

Matt Gaetz Is in an Internecine Beef With Another Florida Republican Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

https://www.emptywheel.net/2020/01/16/gaos-determination-that-trump-broke-the-law-raises-the-stakes-of-senate-exoneration/ mptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

The timeline is key digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

The Australian Bush Fires in Before and After Pictures tristero, Digby’s Hullabaloo

President for life Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

How Late DCI William Colby Saved the CIA, and What That Can Teach Us Today Martha Edwin Andersen, Just Security

The Trump Impeachment and the Question of Precedent Bob Bauer, Lawfare

It’s Celebration Day for Roy Cohn in Hell Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Senate’s most principled civil libertarian and most reasonable moderate share Donald Trump’s entire boot for dinner Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 613 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

David Brooks’ Hot Take on Bernie Sanders Explained in 12 Seconds

A little depressed Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

TRUMP SMACKS PUERTO RICO AROUND AGAIN Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Trump Finally Gets Ukraine To Announce Criminal Investigation, LOL Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Who’s In The *Third* Lev Parnas Text Dump? Your Mom? Your Mom Should Stop That! Liz Dye, Wonkette

Vanity Fair: Political Genius Trump Has Advantage With Idiots Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Trump Drops Another Shoe On Puerto Rico Doktor Zoom, Wokette