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Apr 16 2021

The Breakfast Club (Understand More)

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

Virginia Tech shooting kills 32 students and faculty; Country’s deadliest industrial accident in Texas; Vladimir Lenin returns to Russia after years of exile; Charlie Chaplin born; Prince Andrew and Duchess of York announce divorce; Rolling Stone release debut album; Michael Jordan plays last NBA game.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

Marie Curie

Breakfast News

US News

The Latest: Half eligible Californians have at least 1 shot

US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

Video: Chicago boy wasn’t holding gun when shot by officer

Wright’s family wants stiffer charge for Minnesota ex-cop

Defense rests without Chauvin testimony at murder trial

Japan’s Suga comes to US for China-focused talks with Biden

Sanctioned Russian IT company partners with Microsoft, IBM

Florida ‘anti-riot’ bill goes to governor amid racial strife

Regulators rebuke PG&E for neglect in reducing wildfire risk

With layoffs down and spending up, US rebound gains momentum

After union vote, Bezos vows to do better for Amazon workers

Honduran woman exits Utah church after 3 years in sanctuary

Observatory: Aleutian Islands volcano emitting ash

Bill would have North Dakota finance amusement park

NASA spacecraft leaves mess after grabbing asteroid samples

Study: 2.5 billion T. rex roamed Earth, but not all at once

Lawmakers fighting like cats and dogs? Not over this bill

US Politics

US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking

White House: Intel on Russian ‘bounties’ on US troops shaky

Equal pay bill passed by House but faces long odds in Senate

Democrats begin long-shot push to expand the Supreme Court

House GOP leader: Won’t punish Gaetz unless charges filed

International News

Shortage of intubation drugs threatens Brazil health sector

Poland’s vaccines chief not ruffled by church objections

Iran to purchase 60M Russian vaccines as coronavirus surges

Ukraine seeks stronger Western backing amid Russian buildup

Growers fret as Mexico moves to legalize marijuana

Canadian lawmaker caught naked during video conference

Sports

Collier, Kuier taken 1-2 by Dallas Wings in WNBA draft

College sports already adapting to new NCAA transfer rules

Streak breaker: Kepler singles in 9th, as Twins edge Red Sox

Dodgers gather at Jackie Robinson statue to pay respects

Giannis returns to Bucks after missing 6 games with knee

Nets’ Aldridge retires at 35 due to irregular heartbeat

Browns, Raiders players say they’ll skip offseason workouts

Memphis running back ready for NFL draft after opting out

NFL inks sports bet deals with Caesars, FanDuel, DraftKings

Breakfast Blogs

Brian Kemp Will Never Suppress Enough Votes to Atone For Not Stealing the Election for Trump Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Treasury States as Fact that Konstantin Kilimnik Shared Polling Data with Russian Intelligence emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

The Strategic Implications of President Biden’s Decision To Adhere To the Agreement To Withdraw US Forces From Afghanistan Adam L. Silverman, Balloon Juice

The Grift Goes On Forever Tom Levenson, Balloon Juice

American race relations, 2021 digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

From gross to perverse Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Washington State Votes To Kill Law That Restricted Community Broadband Karl Bode, Techdirt

‘Violence to the Statutory Text’: Two Female Judges Issue Blistering Dissents as Court Rules Epstein Victims Can’t Sue Over Prosecutors Who Lied About Sweetheart Deal Colin Kalmbacher. Law & Crime

U.S. Treasury: Paul Manafort Associate Provided Russian Government with ‘Sensitive Information’ from Trump Campaign Jerry Lambe, Law & Crime

Incels, ideology, and violence Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

In Which the Elite Journalist Class of the 1990s Continues to Repeatedly Smash Their Own Faces into Cream Pies Erik Lomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Saving everybody takes a man on a mission with a swagger that can set the world at ease Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Shut the Fuck Up and Get Your Fucking Vaccine The Rude Pundit, at his blog

Afghanistan note Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

OVERTURNING ROE: WHAT WOULD THE PLUTOCRATS THINK? Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Senate Republicans Meet Black Woman Biden Nominee, Betcha Can’t Guess What Happened Next Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Oh So Now You Think TIPPING Is Sexist And Racist? Well Yes! Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

Nazis Need Online Platform Or World Will Become ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four,’ Says Guy Who Never Read The Book Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Pat Robertson Is Team ACAB Now???? Liz Dye, Wonkette

Pro-Life Ben Shapiro Isn’t Fussed About Climate Emergency Because Of Lots Of Reasons That Are Lies Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

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