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Aug 11 2020

The Breakfast Club (Learned Behavior)

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

Start of the Watts riots in Los Angeles; President Ronald Reagan’s joke causes a Cold War flap; The Mall of America opens; ‘Roots’ author Alex Haley born; Painter Jackson Pollock killed in auto accident.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics.

Alex Haley

Breakfast News

The Latest: Confirmed coronavirus cases reach 20 million

Health officials are quitting or getting fired amid outbreak

Schools mull outdoor classes amid virus, ventilation worries

Trump, coaches push for college football as cracks emerge

1 dead, 6 rescued after gas explosion levels Baltimore homes

Hundreds ransack downtown Chicago businesses after shooting

Puerto Ricans, upset at botched primary, demand answers

Asia Today: Melbourne deaths rise at aged-care facilities

Face masks now required outdoors at crowded Paris locations

El Salvador waits for president, congress to act on pandemic

Lebanese government resigns after Beirut blast, public anger

Protester dies in clashes after disputed Belarus vote

Hong Kong newspaper raided, tycoon detained under new law

Blast destroyed landmark 19th century palace in Beirut

Breakfast Blogs

Destroying the Postal Service Is the Most Republican Thing Trump Has Ever Done Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Hurricane COVID-19: GOP’s Fiscal Restraint Pisses into the Winds Rayne, emptywheel

So much losing digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Make the Bad Man go away Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

DHS’s Portland Follies: Tracing the Official Public Narrative and Internal Communications Jeffrey Michaels, Just Security

GOP Asks Supreme Court to Make It Harder for People to Vote During Pandemic Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

Nevada’s Republican Secretary of State Accuses Trump, RNC of Targeting Her State’s Vote-by-Mail Law Aaron Keller, Law & Crime

What a Country Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

It’s not “Congress” that’s the problem Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Real Trick Behind Trump’s Executive Actions: Pass the Buck The Rude Pundit, at his blog

IN TRUMP COUNTRY, IDEOLOGICAL BUBBLES ARE GOOD Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Trump Probably Can’t Executive Order Social Security And Medicare Away, But He’s Still Gonna Try Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

Trump Idiots Explain Trump’s Idiot Executive Orders Almost Perfectly On Sunday Shows Michael Mora, Wonkette

Mark Meadows Leads White House Effort To Cure COVID-19 With PR Blitz Liz Dye, Wonkette

Trump Will Win Re-Election Over Post Office’s Dead Body Stephen Robinson, Wonkette