Dec 30 2020

The Breakfast Club (I Can’t Wait)

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

Saddam Hussein executed; Chicago fire kills 600; Vladimir Lenin proclaims establishment of the Soviet Union; United Auto Workers union stage first “sit-down” strike; Musician Bo Diddley is born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Grief starts to become indulgent, and it doesn’t serve anyone, and it’s painful. But if you transform it into remembrance, then you’re magnifying the person you lost and also giving something of that person to other people, so they can experience something of that person.

Patti Smith

Breakfast News

US News

The Latest: Los Angeles hospitals shifting to ‘crisis care’

VIRUS TODAY: State legislatures to convene amid pandemic

1st reported US case of COVID-19 variant found in Colorado

‘Like a bathtub filling up’: Alabama is slammed by the virus

California lockdowns extended as some hospitals limit care

Storm brings heavy snow, closes Nebraska virus testing sites

‘Dark period’: Killings spike in NYC amid pandemic, unrest

In a year of pain, one silver lining: fewer mass shootings

Minneapolis officials outline new police disciplinary plan

Feds decline charges against officers in Tamir Rice case

Officer who sought warrant at Taylor home could be dismissed

Mass. Legislature overrides veto, expands access to abortion

Major rail safety technology installed before deadline

New US dietary guidelines: No candy, cake for kids under 2

Statue of slave kneeling before Lincoln is removed in Boston

US Politics

Trump’s $2,000 checks stall in Senate as GOP blocks vote

Biden criticizes pace of vaccine rollout, vows to accelerate

Trump asks U.S. Supreme Court to take Wisconsin case

With deadline looming, group wants more census documents

White House wins ruling on disclosing health care prices

International News

UK hospitals struggle; tougher rules eyed to fight variant

Thailand imposes new restrictions amid coronavirus outbreak

President returns to Algeria, reports recovery from COVID-19

Argentine Senate weighs fate of abortion in pope’s homeland

6.3 earthquake kills 7 in Croatia, leaves others missing

EXPLAINER: Brexit ends Britons’ right to live and work in EU


Arizona men’s basketball self-imposes 1-year postseason ban

Tide’s DeVonta Smith the 1st WR to win AP Player of the Year

Browns add 2 more players to crowded COVID-19 reserve list

Steelers to sit Roethlisberger for finale against Browns

Breakfast Blogs

The Proud Boys Don’t Have to Go Home, But They Can’t Stay Here Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

The Three Types (Thus Far) of Trump Mueller Pardons emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

The law is coming digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

A year of living dangerously Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Mitch McConnell Using Section 230 Repeal As A Poison Pill To Avoid $2k Stimulus Checks Mike Masnick, Techdirt

Section 230 Isn’t A Subsidy; It’s A Rule Of Civil Procedure Cathy Gellis, Techdirt

No Surprises Here: Presidential Commission On Law Enforcement Repeats Calls For Anti-Encryption Legislation Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Federal Judge, the Sister of Stacey Abrams, Halts Georgia Voter Purge Ahead of Runoff Elections Jerry Lambe, Law & Crime

Off white: A preliminary taxonomy Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

He could not possibly be better at this Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Leave Your Best Progressives Where They Can Leverage the Most Power! Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Thomas Becket and Stupid Shit Andrew Sullivan Says driftglass, at his blog

May the Force Bewitch You Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

Haiku Review of 2020: Fetch the Bolt Cutters The Rude Pundit, at his blog


Trump Tried To Ban Teaching About Racism. Judge Says Eat Sh*t. Jamie Lynn Crofts, Wonkette

Lucky Black Folks Enjoy One Last Karen Encounter For 2020! Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Proud Boys Get Deplatformed. Literally. Liz Dye, Wonkette

White House Commemorates Holy Martyr Who Died For Liberty. Whatever Could It Mean? Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

You’ve Heard About His Dumbass Lawsuit. Now Read The GOHMERT MANIFESTO! Evan Hurst, Wonkette