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Dec 28 2020

The Breakfast Club (Wild Places)

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

Pres. Woodrow Wilson is born; John C. Calhoun becomes first US vice president to resign; Alexander Solzhenitsyn ‘Gulag Archipelago’ is published; Actor Denzel Washington & comic book creator Stan Lee are born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

We owe each other a debt and we owe each other an obligation, and because of these fundamental American imperatives, there are things that we own in common with each other, and that we are obliged to protect for our posterity. The water. The trees. The wild places in the land. We lose sight of these truths sometimes.

Charlie Pierce

Breakfast News

US News

The Latest: Central, S. Calif. lockdown likely to continue

Fauci: US taking hard look at variant of coronavirus

Tribes try to shield elders and their knowledge from virus

With winter at hand, the virus whips up winds of uncertainty

Girl Scouts rebuke Boy Scouts in escalating recruitment war

US officials: Suspect in Nashville explosion died in blast

Judge delays execution of only woman on US death row

Park rangers cite visitors to Hawaii volcano eruption site

Workers install 192 crystals on Times Square New Year’s ball

Alaska soup kitchen gets large food donation after crash

Gingerbread monolith delights San Francisco on Christmas Day

US Politics

In reversal, Trump signs spending bill, unlocking Covid aid and averting shutdown

Despite smooth election, GOP leaders seek vote restrictions

Trump’s impact on courts likely to last long beyond his term

International News

AstraZeneca: Shot will be effective against COVID-19 variant

Asia Today: Japan halts all foreign arrivals over UK variant

Wars, instability pose vaccine challenges in poor nations

France takes careful vaccine approach to counter skepticism

South Africa on verge of new virus rules as it hits 1M cases

Rights group: 13 detained during rallies in Belarus

Turkish lawmakers pass bill monitoring civil society groups

Hurricane-force winds up to 106 mph batter parts of Britain

Top associate of Russia’s Navalny released from detention

Mallard to go? Dig of Pompeii fast-food place reveals tastes

Sports

CFP matchups: What will decide Tide-Irish, Tigers-Buckeyes?

No. 1 Gonzaga rolls over most recent champ Virginia, 98-75

Duke women end basketball season amid virus

Seahawks wrap up NFC West title with 20-9 win over Rams

Chiefs clinch No. 1 seed when Falcons’ Koo misses late FG

Steelers rally past Colts to end skid, lock up AFC North

Washington beaten by Panthers, fails to clinch NFC East

Chargers win third straight as Herbert sets rookie TD mark

Mavs destroy Clippers 124-73 to earn 1st win of season

Breakfast Blogs

Not Everything Is a Commodity. Not Every Human Interaction Has to Be a Deal. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Disaster Democracy: Can Something Be Salvaged from Trump’s Meltdown? emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

“We are in for a very long January” digby aka Heather Digby PArton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Democracy is hard Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Mike Pence Cannot Block the Certification of Joe Biden’s Victory When the Senate Formally Counts Electoral College Votes on Jan. 6th Jerry Lambe, Law & Crime

Oh what a relief it is Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

How many GOP senators will object to the certification of the Electoral College vote? Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

For the Record: My Temper Tantrum Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

IF 60 CASES ARE LAUGHED OUT OF COURT AND MOST PEOPLE DIDN’T HEAR THE LAUGHTER, DO THE ALLEGATIONS REALLY SEEM “BASELESS”? Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Trump Defunds The Troops Because You Were Mean To Him Online Liz Dye, Wonkette

Dennis Prager’s Fake University Flunks Civil War History, Human Decency Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Arizona GOP Loses Trump Election Court Case Vs. Reality Jamie Lynn Crofts, Wonkette