Feb 23 2021

The Breakfast Club (Teach Life)

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

Iconic photo captured in Iwo Jima; Persian Gulf War begins in Kuwait; Scottish scientists clone first mammal; Stan Laurel dies; Carlos Santana wins 8 Grammy awards.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life.

W. E. B. Du Bois

Breakfast News

US News

Half a million dead in US, confirming virus’s tragic reach

Arkansas continues to see slowdown in coronavirus cases

School testing can be delayed but not canceled, feds say

CDC study: Teachers key to COVID-19 infections in 1 district

Virginia lawmakers vote to abolish the death penalty

Hospitals confront water shortages in winter storm aftermath

In Texas, attention turns to storm repairs, political peril

Wife of drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ arrested on US drug charges

Private bill seeks freedom for man living in Missouri church

Customs inspectors find cocaine-coated corn flakes in Ohio

Cherokee chief: Time for Jeep to end use of tribe’s name

NASA releases Mars landing video: ‘Stuff of our dreams’

US Politics

Supreme Court won’t halt turnover of Trump’s tax records

Supreme Court rejects Trump election challenge cases

Biden asks high court to drop 2 Trump-era Medicaid cases

Centrist Democrats flex muscles, create headaches for Biden

Interior nominee Haaland vows ‘balance’ on energy, climate

Garland vows sharp focus on Capitol riot as attorney general

Key senators oppose Biden budget pick, confirmation at risk

International News

The Latest: Philippine leader won’t ease virus restrictions

UN to rich nations: Don’t undermine COVAX vaccine program

Shops, haircuts return in April as UK lifts lockdown slowly

Greece: Dozens arrested in clashes over campus security law

Italian ambassador among 3 killed in attack on Congo convoy

Libya: Over 150 migrants freed in raid on traffickers

Ex-Soviet republic Georgia’s parliament appoints new premier

Canada’s Trudeau, Cabinet abstain from China genocide vote

Europe-bound migrants found amid broken glass, toxic ash

Huawei unveils flagship foldable smartphone for China market


NC State, Texas A&M move up in women’s AP Top 25; UConn tops

Unbeaten No. 2 Baylor back to play after 3-week COVID break

Spurs, short-handed and reeling, get back on practice floor

Panarin denies Russian report, takes time away from Rangers

Breakfast Blogs

It Did Not Have to Be This Way Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

The Broken Windows Terrorism Enhancement and Detention of the January 6 Insurrectionists emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Merrick Garland Is Killing It bmaz, emptywheel

Thanks Mitch digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

“A 40-year experiment in free-market fundamentalism” Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

LAPD Asked Ring Users To Turn Over Footage Of Anti-Police Brutality Protests Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Australian News Sites Shocked & Upset To Learn They Don’t Need To Rely On Facebook For Traffic! Mike Masnick, Techdirt

It Was an Explosive Morning for Supreme Court Orders — Here’s What You Missed Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

The World’s Their Oyster: SCOTUS Justices Had Some Hard-Hitting Questions as Florida Blamed Georgia for Destroying Bivalve Industry Elura Nanos, Law & Crime

Top Takeaways from Attorney General Nominee Merrick Garland’s Confirmation Hearings Adam Klasfeld, Law & Crime

Lawyers Compare Justice Thomas’ Dissent on Pa. Election Cases to Rumsfeld’s ‘The Absence of Evidence Is Not the Evidence of Absence’ Jerry Lambe, Law & Crime

Lessons From the Texas Grid Disaster: Planning and Investing for a Different Future Alexandra Klass, Lawfare

CPAC convention dedicated to fighting Cancel Culture cancels speaker for being Politically Incorrect Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Smith College Responds to MC Jodi Shaw Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 794 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Roaring 2020’s Sure Were Good Times for The Lincoln Project driftglass, at hi blog

For the Record: Miscellany Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names


Joe Manchin Shivs Neera Tanden Jamie Lynn Crofts, Wonkette

Mark Zuckerberg Worried We’re Not Being ‘Nuanced’ Enough About Right-Wing Hate Speech On Facebook Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Kelly Loeffler Has Genius Plan For Georgia GOP: What If Instead Of FAIR Fight, We Did UNFAIR Fight? Liz Dye, Wonkette

Hope Mike Lindell Has $1.3 Billion Stuffed In One Of His Trusty MyPillows Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Texas Outages And Outrageous Bills Show Conservative Policies Only ‘Work’ If Nothing Bad Ever Happens Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

Steve Scalise Still Not Sure Who’s President … OR IS HE? Michael Mora, Wonkette