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May 11 2021

The Breakfast Club (Threads To Weave)

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

Charges dropped against Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers case; Garry Kasparov loses a chess match against IBM’s Deep Blue computer; Songwriter Irving Berlin born; Reggae star Bob Marley dies

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.

Richard P. Feynman

Breakfast News

US News

Pfizer COVID-19 shot expanded to US children as young as 12

States push jobless from virus recession to return to work

Michigan hits 55% vaccine rate, will end remote work rule

New Mexico awaits $1.75B in federal pandemic relief

Biz group floats work grant; federal aid higher than thought

Watchdog says Capitol Police deficient at monitoring threats

California expands drought emergency to large swath of state

With $76B surplus, California proposes rebates for millions

New Mexico invests in prekindergarten literacy software

Vatican warns US bishops over get-tough Communion proposals

FBI names pipeline cyberattackers as company promises return

Amazon announces new distribution center for North Carolina

Kentucky plant benefiting from latest Apple investment

Nebraska could let state banks offer cryptocurrency services

Tortoise movers sue for $500,000, say Florida moved too fast

Man arrested after tiger shown in a yard of his Houston home

Owner of Stratosphere property goes to 100% casino capacity

Tyson raising pay to keep up as US chicken demand soars

Drone video shows endangered whales appearing to embrace

Wolves to find new home at Ted Turner’s New Mexico ranch

US Politics

Baker, other governors to talk vaccine efforts with Biden

US ship fires warning shots in encounter with Iranian boats

McCarthy sets Wednesday vote on Liz Cheney leadership ouster

Inside Arizona’s election audit, GOP fraud fantasies live on

Kemp signs $27.3B state budget, will block police raises

Youngkin leads after 5 rounds in Virginia GOP governor race

Nevada governor pushes expanded state infrastructure bank

Detroit police chief announces retirement effective June 1

International News

The Latest: El Salvador to donate vaccine to Honduran towns

Hit by COVID, Senegal’s women find renewed hope in fishing

In India’s northeast there’s fear of a virus surge to come

2 on trial as China enforces online control amid pandemic

Hugs to be allowed in England as part of lockdown easing

Dracula’s castle proves an ideal setting for COVID-19 jabs

Hamas launches new attack on Israel after Jerusalem clashes

UN experts: Islamic State committed genocide against Yazidis

Mexican villages arm children in desperate bid for attention

Australia to reveal big-spending plan for next fiscal year

Hopes fade for minke whale stuck in River Thames near London

Last wild macaw in Rio is lonely and looking for love

Sports

USC hires Cavs’ Lindsay Gottlieb as women’s hoops coach

USA Olympian Garcia leads Athletes Unlimited softball picks

Westbrook breaks Robinson’s NBA triple-double record

NHL’s Canadian teams likely to keep COVID-19 protocols

Flyers let fans take their shot and score COVID-19 immunity

Flyers end crushing season with 4-2 win over Devils

Medina Spirit heads to Preakness, minus trainer Bob Baffert

Breakfast Blogs

The Fish Had Two Tails Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Peter Debbins Claims He Stopped Spying for Russia in 2011 emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

The Two Communities And The Future Of Democracy Ed Walker, emptywheel

The Day After the Second COVID Mother’s Day Rayne, emptywheel

There is nothing but “Stop the Steal” digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

The Energizer virus Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Prosecutors Hint at Plea Deal for Ex-Trump Official Accused of Being on Front Lines of Jan. 6th Capitol Siege Adam Klasfeld, Law & Crime

Georgia Repeals Civil War-Era Citizen’s Arrest Law Initially Used to Justify Letting Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers Off the Hook Jerry Lambe, Law & Crime

Families of George Floyd, Daunte Wright, and ACLU Call for United Nations Inquiry into Alleged Racism, U.S. Police Brutality Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

Biden Administration Reverses Trump’s Definition of ‘Sex’ in Healthcare, Returns to Obama-Era Protections for LGBTQ Americans Elura Nanos, Law & Crime

The Atwater Papers Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

White supremacists, theocrats, and other supporters of patriarchal reaction oppose democracy on principle Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Joe Biden is Not a Radical. Neither Were FDR or LBJ Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

File Under: Things That Didn’t Work Out As Planned driftglass, at his blog

Conservatives Against Capitalism Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

IF ONLY THEY’D USE THAT FORCE FOR GOOD Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Was Larry Klayman Too Upset After Getting Beat Down By Wonkette To Show His Face In Court? Liz Dye, Wonkette

Your Sunday Show Rundown Is Conservatives In Chaos! (Again.) MIchael Mora, Wonkette

Arizona GOP Official Pretty Sure Vaccines Turning People Into Potted Plants Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

Former White House Trade Idiot Is Even Bigger Idiot About Dr. Fauci, COVID-19 Stephen Robinson, Wonkette