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Apr 20 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

Nazi Germany’s dictator Adolf Hitler born; Gunfire erupts at Columbine High; Cubans in the Mariel boatlift arrive in the U.S.; Ted Williams makes his baseball debut; Singer Luther Vandross born.

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 Frederick “Fritz” Mondale (January 5, 1928 – April 19, 2021)

Breakfast News

US News

A jab on the job: Companies, unions offer COVID-19 vaccines

Pandemic good Samaritan faces hefty tax bill for his efforts

Murder case against ex-cop in Floyd’s death goes to the jury

Feds weighing how to respond after verdict in Chauvin trial

Prosecutor: FedEx shooter didn’t have ‘red flag’ hearing

San Diego transit agency settles death lawsuit for $5.5M

Scrutiny of Tesla crash a sign that regulation may be coming

Judge keeps supervision of union for Disney performers

US West prepares for possible 1st water shortage declaration

NASA’s Mars helicopter takes flight, 1st for another planet

Mass fossil site may prove tyrannosaurs lived in packs

What? What? City bans use of loud, gas-powered leaf blowers

US Politics

US warns against travel to 80% of world due to coronavirus

AP source: Guantanamo prisoners now getting COVID-19 vaccine

Biden feels heat on emissions goal as climate summit nears

Repeated Guard missions in DC trigger frustration, denials

Medical ruling: Capitol cop Sicknick died of natural causes

Gaetz, Greene flaunt new paths to power, testing GOP leaders

Miners’ union backs shift from coal in exchange for jobs

International News

The Latest: Schools reopen in Mexico’s Campeche state

India’s capital to lock down amid explosive virus surge

EU warns “spark” could set off escalation at Ukraine borders

Czech, Russian envoys fly home amid depot explosion dispute

Rwanda report blames France for ‘enabling’ the 1994 genocide

Cuba’s Communist Party chooses Miguel Díaz-Canel as leader

Greens bid for German chancellery as Merkel’s bloc squabbles

Putin foe Navalny sent to prison hospital amid hunger strike

Sudan repeals Israel boycott law amid normalization efforts

Fire on Cape Town’s Table Mountain under control, smoldering

Sports

Curry hits 10 3s, scores 49 in Warriors’ win in Philly

Rockets say Sterling Brown was attacked, injured in Miami

5-10 start has Yankees restless; Cashman vows to stay course

NFL offseason programs begin with mixed player involvement

Sharks’ Marleau breaks Howe’s NHL games played record

Breakfast Blogs

This Is Years of Starving Government and Deregulating Industry at Work Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Why DOJ Isn’t Making Plea Deals: The Delayed Obstruction and Even More Delayed Assault Charge against Patrick Montgomery emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

For Our Readers In the Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul Area: Be Prepared, Be Alert Adam L. Silverman, Balloon Juice

Marjorie Taylor Greene makes the Freedom Caucus MOR digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Prehistory of posturing Tom Sullivan, Esquire Politics

Judge Has Some Fun Denying Injunction Requested By One Brewery For Another Over Trademark Suit Timothy Geigner, Techdirt

Josh Hawley: We Must Break Up Companies Whose Politics I Disagree With For Discriminating Against People Whose Politics I Agree With Mike Masnick, Techdirt

Sotomayor Was the Only Justice Who Questioned a Jail’s Warrantless Search of a Woman’s Vagina and Anus Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

‘This Wasn’t Policing’: 6 Key Elements in Closing Arguments of Derek Chauvin Trial in George Floyd’s Death Alberto Luperon, Law & Crime

First Amendment Lawyers Fight in Supreme Court for Public Access to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Rulings Adam Klasfeld, Law & Crime

SCOTUS Skeptical About Siding with Native American Tribes on Question of CARES Act Funding Elura Nanos, Law & Crime

Mythical devil of the ever-present laws Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Fossil Fuel Scam Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Chauvin verdict Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Breaking: No Political Party is Ever Responsible For Anything driftglass, at his blog

Tea and Psychopathy Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

THEY THINK WE’RE OUTVOTING THEM, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THEY THINK WE OUTNUMBER THEM Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Illuminati Can’t Stop Lin Wood From Accusing People Of Child Sex Trafficking Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

Ted Cruz Being Incorrect A-Hole About Civil Rights History Again Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

OAN Employees Real Sorry About Poisoning Your Nana’s Brain, Please Stop Calling Them ‘Nazis’ Now? Liz Dye, Wonkette

John Boehner’s Magical Historical Revisionism Book Tour!​ Michael Mora, Wonkette

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