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Jan 05 2021

The Breakfast Club (Hopelessly Confused)

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

 

Elian Gonzales decision; First female U.S. governor inaugurated; Sonny Bono dies; Pete Rose admits to betting on baseball; Bruce Springsteen’s first album debuts.

 

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

If you are sure you understand everything that is going on, you are hopelessly confused.

Walter F. Mondale

 

Breakfast News

 

US News

LA’s Covid crisis set to surge in wake of holidays as hospitals are inundated

US Covid hospitalizations at record high as Fauci warns ‘it will likely get worse’

New York confirms state’s first case of more contagious Covid strain

US colleges grapple with Covid safety for impending spring semester

US pharmacist who tried to ruin Covid vaccine doses is a conspiracy theorist, police say

Study: Warming already baked in will blow past climate goals

Ranchers whose case sparked standoff may get grazing rights

Hundreds flock to Maryland park to view ‘exceptional’ rare bird

US Politics

Revealed: David Perdue bought bank stocks after meeting financial officials

Top US business leaders call on Congress to certify election results

Official plane used by Trump will fly to Scotland just before Biden inauguration – report

Attorney: Congressional seat data not ready until February

Many more in GOP rejecting Trump’s bid to undo his defeat

Proud Boys leader arrested, accused of burning church banner

DC mayor calls in National Guard ahead of pro-Trump protests

CIA’s new recruitment website aims to diversify spy agency

Democrats tighten control with House rules changes

International News

The Latest: Mexico approves Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/04/england-to-enter-toughest-covid-lockdown-since-march

Suga considers new state of emergency for Tokyo amid Covid resurgence

Germany and Denmark consider delaying second Covid vaccine dose

Iran starts 20% uranium enrichment, seizes South Korean ship

Julian Assange cannot be extradited to US, British judge rules

Indian farmers to continue highway protests after talks fail

Sports

Men’s March Madness will be played entirely in Indiana

Gonzaga-Baylor remain 1-2 in AP Top 25; Texas rises to No. 4

The Latest: No. 3 Villanova’s next 3 games postponed

POLL ALERT: Oregon falls out of top 10 in women’s Top 25 for first time since 2017; Stanford still No. 1

Ohio State coach Day expects QB Fields to play vs Alabama

Alabama, Ohio State travel different paths to title game

Jets, Jaguars and Chargers fire their head coaches on NFL’s Black Monday

Washington beats the Eagles 20-14, captures NFC East title

NFL playoff field: powerhouses, pretenders and a 7-9 team

NBA tells teams that rules on mask-wearing will get tougher

Tick-Tock: The Tokyo Olympics hit the 200-days-to-go mark

 

Breakfast Blogs

 

The President* Should Be Appearing on the Truman Balcony in a Bathrobe Any Day Now Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

UK Judge Refuses to Extradite Julian Assange on Humanitarian Grounds emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Definitely Not the Armed Intelligentsia: Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District Called, Their Idiot Is Missing adam L. Silverman, Balloon Juice

They are all complicit digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Democracy: Endgame Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hhullabaloo

Obscure Analytics Tool Helps Cops Make Sense Of All That Location Data They’re Grabbing Without A Warrant Tim Cushing, Techdirt

60 Minutes Episode Is Pure Misleading Moral Panic About Section 230; Blames Unrelated Issues On It Mike Masnick, Techdirt

How New Congress Can Shine Light on Trump Era and Persisting Abuses Jennifer Ahearn, Just Security

Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Uncorks Rant: Democrats Screwed Up 2020 by Failing to Ensure 9/11-Style Nationalism Against China Aaron Keller, Law & Crime

This Is the Democratic DA for Atlanta Looking to Investigate Trump’s Phone Call with Georgia’s Secretary of State Jerry Lambe, Law & Crime

Tom still cottons to voter suppression Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Why is Trump so desperate to remain president? Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

On Impeachment and Its Failure Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Steve Schmidt Pledges That The Lincoln Project Will Take Down Ron Johnson… driftglass, at his blog

Literary Corner: And They’re Going to See What Happened Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

REGRETTABLY, IF HE LEAVES THE COUNTRY, HE’LL COME BACK Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Trump Lawyers F*ck Around And Find Out In Georgia Liz Dye, Wonkette

Janet Yellen, Accomplished Woman, Made Money Talking. How Is That Legal? Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

MyPillow Guy Gonna Be Governor Of Minnesota Just As Soon As Trump Is Re-Elected Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

Trump Giving Devin Nunes Presidential Medal Of Freedom, But No Medals For Devin’s Cow 🙁 Even Hurst, Wonkette

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