Jan 30 2021

The Breakfast Club (Carriers Of Civilization)

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

Tet Offensive begins; Nazi leader Adolf Hitler becomes Germany’s chancellor; Franklin D. Roosevelt is born; Hindu extremist assassinates Mahatma Gandhi; as “Bloody Sunday” begins; “The Lone Ranger” airs.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.

Barbara W. Tuchman

Breakfast News

US News

The Latest: Vaccinated congressman tests positive for virus

‘Simple is beautiful’: One-shot vaccine proves effective

Fauci sees vaccination for kids by late spring or the summer

Seattle hospitals rush out vaccines after freezer failure

A city’s problematic vaccine rollout raises larger questions

Pandemic help wanted: Fast food managers, road race experts

Warden out after new allegations at embattled federal jail

Activists: Next Columbus police chief must be an outsider

Checked by reality, some QAnon supporters seek a way out

Charges dropped against activist who exposed Iowa hog deaths

US employment costs rise modestly in fourth quarter

Toys R Us retrenches again, shutters its last 2 US stores

10-year-old San Antonio boy cashes in on GameStop stocks

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

US Politics

Officer who died after DC riot to lie in honor in Capitol

Biden warns of growing cost of delay on $1.9T econ aid plan

Out of sight, cleaners perform critical work in COVID ICUs

Judge blocks Trump rule to limit health studies in EPA regs

Ex-FBI lawyer given probation for Russia probe actions

Police tighten Congress security in era of rising threats

FBI: Pipe bombs at RNC, DNC were planted night before riot

International News

EU regulator authorizes AstraZeneca vaccine for all adults

EU tightens vaccine export rules, creates post-Brexit outcry

WHO team visits 2nd Wuhan hospital in virus investigation

Canada to quarantine travelers, suspend flights south

Brazil neighbors limit travel to halt virus strain’s spread

France to close its borders to arrivals from outside EU

Moscow court puts Navalny’s allies under house arrest


More interviews didn’t equal more minority hirings in NFL

Brady out to join Robertson, Robinson in exclusive club

Yankees view Kluber and Taillon as high risk, high reward

AP source: Cardinals to acquire Arenado from Rockies

Viktor Hovland vaults into Farmers lead at wet Torrey Pines

Breakfast Blogs

Book-Burning Does Seem Like a Blast From the Past Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Spaz: More than Just a Thumb Drive [Updated] emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Friday Night Soother digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Trump gave it a face and a name Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

The GOP Is Rapidly Making Its Way to Embrace of the Insurrection Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo

Discord Takes Over Moderation Of r/WallStreetBets Server As Facebook Shuts Down Popular Stock Trading Group Mike Masnick, Techdirt

The Only Person Convicted to Date in John Durham’s Investigation of Russia Probe Gets No Prison Time Aaron Keller, Law & Crime

Can a Former President Assert Executive Privilege in an Impeachment Trial? Jonathan Shaub, Lawfare

The thinnest skins Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Trump Library Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The New York Times’ David Brooks Algorithm… driftglass, at his blog

The Terrorists Are in the House. Let’s Unify Over Getting Rid of Them. The Rude Pundit, at his blog


A Supreme Court *Win* On *Abortion*? What’s The Catch? Jamie Lynn Crofts, Wonkette

Nancy Pelosi Just Saying The Enemy Is Inside The House. You F*cking Heard Her. Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Crazy We Know, But Did Democrats Learn ALL THE LESSONS About Telling GOP To GET BENT? Liz Dye, Wonkette

Don’t Try To Bullsh*t Elizabeth Warren Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

$1.9 Trillion Too Much For COVID Relief? Great, How About $3 Trillion Instead? Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette