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Dec 18 2020

The Breakfast Club (Battling With Evil)

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

U.S. Supreme Court upholds the relocation and detention of Japanese-Americans during World War Two; U.S. begins 12 days of heavy bombing of North Vietnamese targets; Steven Spielberg is born; Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ – publicly premieres in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Struggle is strengthening. Battling with evil gives us the power to battle evil even more.

Ossie Davis

Breakfast News

US News

The Latest: Coronavirus vaccine provided to US Supreme Court

A pandemic atlas: USA by the numbers, telling and horrifying

Hot spot: California hospitals buckle as virus cases surge

Vaccines reach COVID-ravaged Indigenous communities

Some states say Pfizer vaccine allotments cut for next week

As US rushes to give shots, Tennessee builds vaccine reserve

FDA plans to OK 2nd COVID-19 vaccine after panel endorsement

Debunked COVID-19 myths survive online, despite facts

Michigan lawmakers reinstate freeze on water shutoffs

Power plant stacks that loom over Arizona set to come down

Jeremy Bulloch, Boba Fett in first ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, dies

‘Unbelievable’ snowfall blankets parts of the Northeast

US Politics

Biden picks Regan for EPA nominee, Haaland for interior head

Deal-makers and fighters make up Biden’s new climate team

Hack against US is ‘grave’ threat, cybersecurity agency says

Snags on COVID-19 relief may force weekend sessions

Booker, Democratic lawmakers introduce NCAA reform bill

Damage from border wall: blown-up mountains, toppled cactus

US wildlife agency gives more deference to economic benefits

GOP places focus anywhere but Atlanta in Georgia runoffs

Trump’s move to his Florida estate challenged by neighbor

International News

Asia Today: Beds in short supply as SKorea sees another jump

Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout draws wary, mixed response

Netherlands aims to begin Pfizer-BioNTech shots by Jan 8

Toughest COVID-19 rules extended to much of south England

Mexican president defends restrictive immigration policies

EU, UK leaders concede big gaps remain in post-Brexit talks

French court convicts IS operative over foiled train attack

EU adds dozens more Belarus officials to sanctions list

Spain’s parliament votes to legalize euthanasia

Facebook removes French, Russian accounts active in Africa

Nigerian official: More than 300 abducted schoolboys freed

Indian shepherd combats water scarcity by building ponds

Sports

No. 5 Kansas wins 30th straight league opener at Texas Tech

Sun Belt football championship game canceled

No. 8 Iowa St vs. perennial champ Oklahoma for Big 12 title

Ramsey, No. 15 Wildcats try to end No. 3 Buckeyes’ title run

Raiders QB Derek Carr leaves game with groin injury

Raiders lose QB Carr, fall in overtime to Chargers, Herbert

‘Shocking’: King Henrik to miss season with heart condition

Russia can’t use its name and flag at the next 2 Olympics

IOC accused of ignoring human rights for 2022 Beijing Games

Breakfast Blogs

Louisiana Remains the Index Patient for American Environmental Disease Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Tom Bossert Gives Trump the Advice Trump Refused Four Years Ago emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Keep your eye on this digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Activating “typically non-voters” Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Yet Another Report Shows Asset Forfeiture Doesn’t Reduce Crime Or Cripple Criminal Organizations Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Lawmakers Question Why FCC Is Throwing Taxpayer Money At Incompetent Telcos With History Of Fraud Karl Bode, Techdirt

Second Federal Judge in One Day Dismisses Georgia GOP Attack on Absentee Voting in Senate Runoffs

Our Endangered Liquors Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Thank Warnock, Ossoff, and Abrams if Senate Republicans pass a relief bill Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Some cheerful thoughts from Paul Waldman Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

History is Bunk, Contd. driftglass, at his blog

YOU CAN HAVE MY NARRATIVE WHEN YOU PRY IT FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Look, Shiny WONDERFUL Thing! Rep. Deb Haaland Is Biden Pick For Interior Secretary! Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

Trump Has Third New Shiny Reason To Veto Defense Bill, It’s Getting Really Weird! Liz Dye, Wonkette

Mike Pence To Be VERY BUSY In NOT AMERICA For Week After Making Biden President Evan Hurst, Wonkette