May 16 2020

The Breakfast Club (The Longest Time)

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

President Andrew Johnson survives a key vote at his Senate trial after his impeachment; First Oscars are presented; Actor Henry Fonda born; Singer Sammy Davis, Jr. and Muppets creator Jim Henson die.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Breakfast News

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Pandemic claims another retailer: 118-year-old J.C. Penney

Most US states fall short of recommended testing levels

Texas justices block plan to allow mail vote for virus fears

Trump fires State Dept. watchdog critical of admin movesNavajo Nation residents to be under strictest lockdown yet

Burr submits final Russia report before leaving chairmanship

Work from home Congress? House OKs proxy votes

Surf’s up and so are new beach rules to prevent virus spread

Historically black colleges work to help students amid virus

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

Once adversaries, Boston lawyers now aid COVID-19 caregivers

Turkey detains pro-Kurdish mayors, removes them from office

Jordan warns Israel of ‘massive conflict’ over annexation

UK-EU deadlocked in Brexit talks as clock ticks down

Years of conflict leave Somalia ill-equipped to fight virus

Zimbabwe police accused of assaulting young female activists

Hong Kong shop offers ‘tear gas’ flavor ice cream

Uplifting idea: Cranes reunite families in corona crisis

Breakfast Blogs

Heroes Sometimes Carry Clipboards Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Three Days in December 2016: Sanctions, Nukes, Syria, and Russia emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

The dumbest thing he said this week digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Baby swab, swab, swab…. Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Anticipating Phase Two of the Trumped Up “Obamagate” Ryan Goodman, Just Security

How Has Russia Responded to COVID-19? Patrick Kennelly, Lawfare

Trump’s DOJ Says the President Would Be “Undermined” if His Tax Records Were Revealed Marty Lederman, Slate

Has the Roberts Court Finally Met An Attempt to Undermine Democracy It Doesn’t Like? Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The new birtherism Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Ordinary People Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

A SLOGAN FOR BIDEN? Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Betsy DeVos Has A Plan To Make Life Easier For Campus Rapists Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette


White House Forces CDC To Edit Reopening Recs Down To Helpful Haiku, So We’re All Good Now Liz Dye, Wonkette

Armed Thugs Close Michigan Legislature, Hooray For Democracy! Doktor Zoom, Wonkette