Sep 26 2020

The Breakfast Club (Permanent Difficulties)

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

JFK and Nixon participate in TV’s first presidential debate; Cuba ends Mariel boatlift; Composer George Gershwin, poet T.S. Eliot and tennis star Serena Williams born; ‘West Side Story’ hits Broadway.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Our difficulties of the moment must always be dealt with somehow, but our permanent difficulties are difficulties of every moment.

T. S. Eliot

Breakfast News

The Latest: NYC restates virus rules for private schools

Officials report Oregon’s largest daily COVID-19 case count

Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

Florida reopens state’s economy despite ongoing pandemic

2 charged over handling of virus outbreak at veterans home

Landlords suing to push back against eviction ban

California braces for power shutoffs and warm, windy weekend

Appeals court hears fight over Trump tax returns — again

New measurements show moon has hazardous radiation levels

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

Virus surges in France, Marseille fights against closures

Madrid resists government pressure to extend soft lockdown

Local lockdowns imposed in several cities as UK cases rise

Giant rat wins animal hero award for sniffing out landmines

Breakfast Blogs

Secret Tapes Are All the Rage These Days Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Billy Barr Releases 302 that Proves View of Pro Mike Flynn Agent Held Sway in Mueller Report Conclusions emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Debunking the US Attorney From the Middle District of Pennsylvania’s Disinformation Campaign Adam L. Silverman, Balloon Juice

Sure he’ll leave office — only if his handpicked toadies on the Supreme Court vote against him digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Joe Biden: Low-key, high scores Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

All the President’s Lawsuits: Fraud, Defamation, and the Westfall Act Chimène Keitner and Steve Vladeck, Just Security

Circuit Judges Treat Trump’s Arguments Against Manhattan DA’s Subpoena for Tax Returns Like Nonsense Matt Naham, Law & Crime

‘That Turns the Constitutional Order Upside Down’: Appeals Court Resurrects Lawsuit to Stop Trump from Diverting Funds to Border Wall Jerry Lambe, Law & Crime

Two Centuries of Compromise Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

People are here spreading mistakes and arguing passionately with the facts wrong. Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

How Life in the Bill Kristol Household Has Changed driftglass, at his blog

If Trump Was Telling the Truth About Voter Fraud, People Would Be Arrested (But He’s Not) The Rude Pundit, at his blog


NICE TIME! Judge Overturns Stupid Montana Law That Made It Harder For Native Americans To Vote Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

Post Office Undoes *Most Of* Louis DeJoy’s F*ckery, We’ll Take The Win Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

Kayleigh McEnany: Christ, What An Asshole Evan Hurst, Wonkette

FBI Director Wray Testifies Truthfully About Elections, And Mark Meadows Is NOT HAVING IT Liz Dye, Wonkette