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May 04 2021

The Breakfast Club (May The Fourth Be With You)

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

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

We should be doing everything we can to make it as convenient as possible for eligible Americans to cast a ballot. People fought and died for the right to vote.

Jason Kander

Breakfast News

US News

FDA expected to OK Pfizer vaccine for teens within week

Navajo Nation reports 3 new COVID-19 cases, but no deaths

Connecticut to spend $13M to reach unvaccinated residents

WA events can increase capacity with vaccinated sections

Beshear open to easing virus rules before vaccination goal

South Dakota governor expecting many tourists this summer

Oregon lawmakers vote to expedite emergency shelter process

Restrictions easing in US and Europe amid disaster in India

Top general drops opposition to change in sex assault policy

Corps: Dakota Access oil pipeline to stay open during review

Trial against opioid distributors begins in WVa

Calls for justice at N.C. funeral of Andrew Brown Jr.

Idaho intern reported rape, faced ‘overwhelming’ harassment

Storms spawn twisters in Mississippi, kill 2 in Georgia

US fights new deadline for rare plant protections in Nevada

Tennessee toddler freed from antique wooden barrel

Traveling owl: Man drives hours with bird in truck’s grille

Nurses, doctor help ‘lucky’ mom who gave birth on flight

Former circus elephants begin to arrive at Florida sanctuary

US Politics

Biden quadruples Trump refugee cap after delay backlash

Kansas lawmakers override vetoes on taxes, guns, elections

US appeals court considers Idaho transgender athletes ban

Colorado bill prohibits insurer use of ‘discriminatory’ data

California senator seeks expansion of land, water protection

EPA rule to phase out gases used in refrigerators, coolants

Judges hear arguments over contentious Census privacy tool

Judge asked to toss South Carolina private school money ban

Solar executive is 1st GOP candidate in Arizona Senate race

Attorneys defend tax extensions before Nevada Supreme Court

International News

India cases up as scientists appeal to Modi to release data

Brazil backs away from the virus brink as deaths top 400,000

India cases set new global record; millions vote in 1 state

Russia lags behind others in its COVID-19 vaccination drive

Attention travelers! EU proposes reopening external borders

Mexico marks end of last Indigenous revolt with apology

Sports

Push against trans athletes in girls’ sports fails in Kansas

Baylor names WNBA’s Collen to replace Mulkey for Lady Bears

Breakfast Blogs

The Republican Party Has Developed New Rites of Initiation: You Must Push the Big Lie Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Ethan Nordean’s Funny Idea of Exculpatory emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

The Answer To Charlie Pierce’s Question Was Answered Before He Asked It Adam L. Silverman, Balloon Juice

This is why we can’t have nice things digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Be Careful What You Ask For Dept. Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Fifth Circuit Strips Immunity From Cops Who Ended A Mental Health Crisis By Restraining A Man To Death Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Only 14% Of Americans Think Communities Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Build Their Own Broadband Networks Karl Bode, Techdirt

Trump’s Secret Rules for Drone Strikes and Presidents’ Unchecked License to Kill Hina Shamsi, Just Security

Justice Thomas Goes to Bat for West Point Rape Survivor: It’s Time to Overturn ‘Demonstrably Wrong’ Precedent Elura Nanos, Law & Crime

Dominion Urges Federal Judge Not to Throw Out Lawsuit Against Sidney Powell: ‘Attorneys Do Not Have a License to Lie’ Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

Weird Science Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Will you be forced to pay $335 per person just to dine out at a gay transgender restaurant? Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 841 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Joe did what? He didn’t—yet. Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

Herd Immunity Probably Not Happening Now, Thanks Anti-Vaxxers And Conspiracy Theorists! Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

Susan Collins Has Some Concerns. Again. Michael Mora, Wonkette

GOP Unveils Spiffy Strategy To Win Back Women Voters By Shivving Liz Cheney Liz Dye, Wonkette

GOP Slavery Apologists Keep Proving Why We Need The 1619 Project Stephen Robinson, Wonkette