Jan 13 2021

The Breakfast Club (Moral High Ground)

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

Japan apologizes; Douglas Wilder of Virginia is sworn in; “J’accuse” published; Composer Stephen Foster dies.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Autocratic power requires the degradation of moral authority – not the capture of moral high ground.

Masha Gessen

Breakfast News

US News

VIRUS TODAY: Little appetite for lockdowns as deaths soar

US shifts to speed COVID shots as cases and deaths rise

As pandemic worsens, most US states resist restrictions

US will require all arriving passengers to get COVID-19 test

Female inmate’s execution on hold; 2 more halted over COVID

Justices say women must obtain abortion pill in person

Moratorium over: N. Carolina towns advance LGBT protections

Supreme Court wrestles with Georgia college free speech case

Michigan plans to charge ex-Gov. Snyder in Flint water probe

Voice of America reporter reassigned for Pompeo questions

District says it shouldn’t have to give workers gun training

Watchdog raises concerns about Census Bureau’s IT security

Pandemic has imperiled plans to retrieve Titanic’s radio

Missing cat turns up 3 years after California disaster

US Politics

The Latest: Pelosi says nation is at ‘unprecedented moment’

House races to oust Trump; he blames accusers for US ‘anger’

No. 3 House GOP leader backs Trump impeachment as tide grows

FBI says it warned about prospect of violence ahead of riot

COVID fears grow in Capitol as three lawmakers test positive

Top military leaders remind troops of limits of free speech

US Chamber says some legislators will lose campaign funding

Tech giants banished Trump. Now things get complicated

International News

Indonesia starts emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine


UN official: Terrorists using pandemic to stoke extremism

Irish PM says ‘perverse’ morality drove unwed mothers’ homes

New Zealand to review parliament security after door attack

Indonesian searchers hunt for crashed plane’s voice recorder

North Korea ends party meeting with calls for nuclear might

Uganda’s leader says social media shut down ahead of polls


No. 7 Michigan routs No. 9 Wisconsin 77-54

Thousands party in streets after Alabama win, despite virus

New Texas coach Sarkisian defends “The Eyes of Texas”

NBA, union stiffen virus protocols; more games postponed

NHL gambles on getting through pandemic outside a bubble

Bruins retiring jersey of NHL barrier breaker Willie O’Ree

Packers QB Rodgers says he will guest-host on ‘Jeopardy!’

To cancel or not?: IOC, Japan press ahead with Tokyo Games

Breakfast Blogs

Republicans Have Decided It’s Democrats’ Job to Wrestle Their Monster Back Into the Lab Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Where’s Rudy? emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Did Trump know what his online army was planning? digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

No rules for anti-government conservatives Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Some Thoughts On Twitter Pulling The Plug On Trump’s Account Paul Levy, Techdirt

Irony: German Chancellor Merkel Upset At Twitter For Banning Trump; Meanwhile Germany Demands Social Media Blocks Dangerous Content Mike Masnick, Techdirt

No Qualified Immunity For Cops Who Made Stuff Up To Justify Seizing A Man’s Phone For Twelve Days Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Trump-Appointed Federal Judge Rejects Claim That Pennsylvania Supreme Court ‘Changed the Rules’ for Counting Ballots Jerry Lambe, Law & Crime

Pelt-Wearing Son of a Judge Posts Bail After Capitol Siege. His Older Brother, Who Attended Outdoor Pro-Trump Rally, Will Watch Him. Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

Second House Impeachment Report Warns: Trump Is ‘Clear and Present Danger’ Who Is ‘Unfit to Remain in Office a Single Day Longer’ Adam Klasfeld, Law & Crime

Trump’s War on the U.S. Agency for Global Media Tia Sewell, Lawfare

More on the 25th Amendment paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The anti-anti authoritarians Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 763 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Stop Expecting Hugh Hewitt To Do Better driftglass, at his blog

Bad Mood Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

They Have to Acknowledge Biden Won Fair and Square The Rude Pundit, at his blog


What Is Felony Murder, And How Much Did The Capitol Rioter MAGA Assholes Commit It? Jamie Lyn Crofts, Wonkette

Aryan Dumpster Fire Madison Cawthorn Only Told The Rubes To Threaten Congress *Lightly*, Y’all Evan Hurst, Wonkette

TFW Europe Won’t Meet The US Secretary Of State Because It’s DONE With This Sh*t Liz Dye, Wonkette

Lauren Boebert Sucks But Does She Suck Like Someone Who Supports The Mob During A Coup? Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Multiple Capitol Cops Suspended For Getting Too Friendly With Terrorists Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

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