Jul 16 2021

The Breakfast Club (Powerful Potential)

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

Test of the world’s first nuclear weapon; President Richard Nixon’s White House taping system revealed; John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife and her sister die in a plane crash; Apollo 11 lifts off for Moon.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.

Mary McLeod Bethune

Breakfast News

US News

Surgeon general urges US fight against COVID misinformation

With virus cases rising, mask mandate back on in Los Angeles

Hawaii keeps indoor mask requirement amid COVID-19 surge

Navajo Nation reports 22 new COVID-19 cases and 1 more death

Evacuations expand in Oregon as fire spreads erratically

Coalition blasts plans to divert Colorado River amid drought

Flash flooding sweeps Arizona; 1 rafter dead in Grand Canyon

Regulator sues Amazon to force recall of hazardous products

US requires more tests for safety switches on Boeing 737s

American recalling flight attendants to handle travel crowds

US Politics

Biden bids Merkel farewell: Friends — with disagreements

Top Senate Dem sets infrastructure vote, pressures lawmakers

Cuomo to be questioned in sexual harassment investigation

Arizona election auditors seek more records, voter canvass

DeSantis presses Biden to help keep internet flowing in Cuba

International News

The Latest: Abu Dhabi announces sudden overnight lockdown

WHO chief says it was ‘premature’ to rule out COVID lab leak

Vaccine deliveries rising as delta virus variant slams Asia

Canadian government rejects virus shots in US border tunnel

Fully vaccinated Americans can enter Canada as of mid-August

Pacific Rim leaders discuss economic way out of pandemic

Biden: US will protect Haiti embassy, won’t send troops

25,000 troops deployed to quell South Africa riots, 117 dead

Over 60 dead, dozens missing as severe floods strike Europe

UN appeals for $850 million to help war-torn Afghanistan

Lebanon’s PM-designate steps down after months of deadlock


Yankees-Red Sox ppd after 3 NY pitchers test COVID positive

Judge orders NFL’s Richard Sherman released without bail

NCAA’s Emmert: It is time to decentralize college sports

Tennis player de Minaur has COVID-19, out of Tokyo Olympics

Breakfast Blogs

This Was Cultural Genocide By an Occupying Force: The United States Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Judge Paul Oetken Eliminates Lev Parnas’ Last Attempt to Weaponize the Former President’s Former Lawyer in His Defense emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Caution On The Guardian Scoop Cheryl Roper, Balloon Juice

A mass-casualty event, happening in slow motion digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

“My dope was a dupe!” Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Tenth Circuit: No Immunity For Cops Who Protected An Abusive Fellow Officer Right Up Until He Murdered His Ex-Wife

Judge Orders Lin Wood to Explain Why He Shouldn’t Be Disciplined for Posting Video of His Sanctions Hearing Online Aaron Keller. Law & Crime

Full Eighth Circuit to Give Missouri Abortion Law’s ‘Down Syndrome Provision’ One More Chance Elura Nanos, Law & Crime

The graveyards of indispensable men Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 876 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Stupid Shit Andrew Sullivan Says: The Adventure Continues driftglass, at his blog

It’s All True Department Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

Republicans Loved the Covid Vaccine Before They Hated It The Rude Pundit, at his blog


Rep Jamaal Bowman Gonna Green Up America’s Schools Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

Study: No One Can Afford To Live Anywhere Anymore Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

Jesus, Peter Doocy Is Dumb Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Britney Spears Gets Her Own Lawyer, And Maybe Her Own Life Back Soon Liz Dye, Wonkette

Jonah Goldberg Whitesplains Jim Crow To Jim Clyburn Stephen Robinson, Wonkette