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Apr 15 2020

The Breakfast Club (My Corona)

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

The Titanic sinks off the coast of Newfoundland; President Abraham Lincoln dies; Jackie Robinson becomes first African American player in Major League Baseball; US launches air raid against Libya; Cambodian Communist revolutionary Pol Pot dies; Punk rocker Joey Ramone dies at age 49.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

We are an impossibility in an impossible universe.

Ray Bradbury

Breakfast News

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

5 things to know today – that aren’t about the virus

FDA authorizes Covid-19 saliva test for emergency use

Federal appeals court ruling allows ‘medication abortion’ in Texas while legal challenge continues

FAA bars active pilots from taking chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus

Justice Department backs Mississippi church suing to host drive-in services

Feds uncover an alleged scheme to fraudulently sell 39 million N95 respirator masks to US hospitals

Judge OKs PG&E plan to pay $19M in fees from victims fund

A phone call, a song: Small gestures soothe COVID-19 stress

Australian court rules search warrant on journalist invalid

China moves to block new virus flare-up on Russian border

Armed men seize, release tanker off Iran by Strait of Hormuz

South Koreans vote in national elections amid virus fears

Moscow rolls out digital tracking to enforce lockdown. Critics dub it a ‘cyber Gulag’

Wildfires near Chernobyl under control, Ukrainian authorities say

French court orders Amazon to deliver only essential goods in France

Breakfast Blogs

The Pandemic Is Teaching Us Lessons About America Every Day Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Mark Meadows and the Potemkin Shut-Downs: Welcome to the April’s Fool White House emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Who you gonna call? digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Liberal judges prevail in Wisconsin Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

U.S. Security Aid Is a Faith-Based Policy Andrew Miller and Daniel R. Mahanty, Just Security

The Problem With Google and Apple’s COVID-19-Tracking Plan Stewart Baker, Lawfare

No Way to Beat The Spread Chris Koski, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Harvard freezes pay, hiring, cuts top admin salaries, discretionary spending, capital projects Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

A Virginia Lesson Scott Lemeiux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Doughy Pantload Makes His Bid for a Stateroom on the S.S. It Wasn’t Our Fault driftglass, at his blog

And the (journalistic) grift goes on Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

WOULD LIBERALS CHEER A HIGHER DEATH TOLL? Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem Cures* Coronavirus With Personal Responsibility And FREEDOM Liz Dye, Wonkette

Gavin Newsom, Andrew Cuomo To Lead Nice Trump-Free Regional Nation-States Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

Andrew Cuomo Too Busy To Give A F*ck About Trump’s Whining Right Now Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Republicans, Don’t Come For Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Unless She Calls For You Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Virginia Is For Lovers (And Also The Reproductive Rights Of Said Lovers) Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette