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Feb 20 2020

The Breakfast Club (Thin Lines)

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

Astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American in orbit; the Rhode Island nightclub fire; Actor Sydney Poitier born; Tara Lipinski becomes the youngest gold medalist in the Winter Olympics.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.

Erma Bombeck

Breakfast News

Judge finds US in contempt after immigrants in suit deported

Alabama lawmakers advance bill aimed at transgender athletes

US judge sides with migrants in case against Border Patrol

IRS to pay visits to high-income taxpayers who fail to file

Medical marijuana bill clears Alabama Senate committee

Mormon-owned BYU eases rules on ‘homosexual behavior’

Governor makes history by attending gay rights rally

Mild weather closes only approved ice runway in Lower 48

Yemen’s Houthi rebels impeding UN aid flow, demand a cut

Symbolic Aleppo flight comes as civilians suffer in Syria

China’s virus center vows no patient unchecked as cases fall

China turns to internet for food supplies amid virus fears

UK employers fear worker shortages in new immigration plan

Breakfast Blogs

The Wall Street Journal Excluded Elizabeth Warren From a Poll…Because They Wanted To? Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

DOJ Is Withholding the Mike Flynn 302 Describing How the Campaign Considered Reaching Out to Julian Assange after the Podesta Leaks emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

He cheats. What are the Democrats going to do about it? digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

… and to the banana republic for which it stands Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

When Professionalism Mattered: Dissent Against U.S. Policy on Landmines Ambassador Donald Steinberg, Just Security

The 2020 Presidential Candidates Stay (Mostly) Quiet on Law Enforcement Independence Quinta Jurecic and Andrew Kent, Lawfare

Bloomberg is too risky Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Is it 1972 All Over Again? (Spoiler: No) Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

If You Can Keep It Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

SOME GOOD NEWS FOR DEMOCRATS Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Is Bill Barr Cockblocking The SDNY? Sure Damn Looks Like It! Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Susan Collins ‘Very Disappointed’ In Poll Showing She’s A Big Loser Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Did Trump Offer To Pardon Assange In Exchange For Sexxxxy Hillary Dirts? Liz Dye, Wonkette