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May 13 2021

The Breakfast Club (Cynicism)

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

Pope John Paul II shot; English colonists arrive at what becomes Jamestown; Winston Churchill gives his first speech as British prime minister; The U.S. declares war on Mexico; Singer Stevie Wonder born

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the furthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness: a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say ‘no.’ But saying ‘yes’ begins things. Saying ‘yes’ is how things grow.

Stephen Colbert

Breakfast News

US News

The Latest: Louisiana kids can start vaccinations Thursday

US advisers endorse Pfizer COVID shot for kids 12 and up

Ohio’s million-dollar idea: Lottery prizes for vaccinations

Most Las Vegas Strip resorts open at 100% with regulatory OK

Audit: Portland skipped safeguards to get virus grants out

Lawmakers want kids to have option for extra year in school

California governor proposes public school ‘transformation’

New York approves vaccinations of kids aged 12 to 15

Suit challenges restaurant aid priority to women, minorities

Colonial Pipeline restarts operations days after major hack

Tech audit of Colonial Pipeline found ‘glaring’ problems

Ruling paves way for longer sentence in George Floyd’s death

Judge asked to OK evidence of Ahmaud Arbery’s past troubles

Official: Repairs to interstate bridge could take months

Two planes collide midair above Denver, no one injured

Tesla to stop accepting Bitcoin for car payments

COVID-19 pet boom has veterinarians backlogged, burned out

Florida takes step toward the catching of goliath grouper

US Politics

Biden team moves swiftly to tackle pipeline political peril

Biden signs order to beef up federal cyber defenses

GOP dumps defiant Trump critic Cheney from top House post

Deal reached for ex-White House counsel McGahn’s testimony

Hearing on Jan. 6 violence exposes stark partisan divisions

International News

Scientists race to study variants in India as cases explode

Red Cross warns that coronavirus cases are exploding in Asia

Virus stifles Muslims’ Eid al-Fitr celebrations for 2nd year

Israel steps up Gaza offensive, kills senior Hamas figures

Gaza teeters on the brink as fighting with Israel escalates

The 3 biggest US airlines are suspending flights to Israel

UN Security Council urges immediate cease-fire in Yemen

Poland wants to buy Marie Curie’s vacation house in France

Sports

LEADING OFF: Padres, Yanks carry on thru COVID outbreaks

Young rallies Hawks to playoff berth, 120-116 over Wizards

Harden returns, comes off Nets’ bench against Spurs

3s for all: NBA sets season record for 3-pointers per game

Brady-Prescott kicks off NFL season plus a return to London

Kahun scored 27 seconds into OT, Oilers beat Canadiens 4-3

Bradley, Altidore score, Toronto beats Crew 2-0 for 1st win

Baffert in spotlight for wrong reasons going into Preakness

Breakfast Blogs

What the Hell, Texas? A Tiger on the Loose? Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Fertile Ground: Lack of Broadband and Disinformation Proliferation Rayne, emptywheel

Total Recall flop digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

A little restoration is in order Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

New York Police Union Tells NYPD End Of Qualified Immunity Will Force Officers To… Act Lawfully Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Canada Still Won’t Commit To Supporting A Pandemic Patent Waiver Leigh Beadon, Techdirt

Bad Section 230 Bills Come From Both Sides Of The Aisle: Schakowsky/Castor Bill Would Be A Disaster For The Open Internet Mike Masnick, Techdirt

Study Finds US Broadband Gaps Three Times Worse Than The FCC Claims Karl Bode, Techdirt

Biden Announces ‘Groundbreaking’ Third Batch of Nominees for Federal Judgeships — Here’s What We Know Jerry Lambe, Law & Crime

Vote suppression at the margins can easily swing competitive elections Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The function of criticism at the present time Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 845 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

If Speaking Obvious, Ugly Truths About The GOP is Worth a Dozen Headlines a Day… driftglass, at his blog

Elle ne regrette rien Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

STOP DITHERING AND JUST DO IT Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Gavin Newsom Coming To Pay Your Rent Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

Will Trump White House Counsel McGahn Finally Testify? Will We Get A Third Trump Impeachment? Liz Dye, Wonkette

Fox News So Sad ‘Battered’ Biden Making Them (Try To) Hit Him Again Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Anti-Maskers So Scared Of Vaxxed People, They Just Might Have To Wear A Mask! Evan Hurst, em>Wonkette