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Jul 27 2021

The Breakfast Club (Small Pleasures)

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

An armistice ends the Korean War; A House panel votes to impeach President Richard Nixon; A pipe bomb explodes at the Atlanta Olympics; The deposed Shah of Iran and comedian Bob Hope die.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don’t collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don’t really mean anything.

Norman Lear

Breakfast News

US News

Moderna expanding kids vaccine study to better assess safety

VA requires COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers

Newsom casts political blame in new California vaccine push

Whitmer OKs $385M bill with aid for hospitals, nursing homes

At least 8 killed in 22-car pileup in Utah during sandstorm

Warming rivers in US West killing fish, imperiling industry

Winds feed California’s largest fire as blazes scorch West

Air Force takes next step in fuel cleanup at New Mexico base

Judge refuses to block digging at lithium mine on NV-OR line

Family: Last victim ID’d in Florida condo building collapse

US Politics

Senators, White House in talks to finish infrastructure bill

Biden says US combat mission in Iraq to conclude by year end

With virus surge, US to keep travel restrictions for now

Texas runoff to decide who fills GOP US Rep. Wright’s seat

Arizona Senate issues new subpoena for 2020 election audit

International News

The Latest: Chinese city lists more cases in local outbreak

Some French health workers resent, resist mandatory vaccines

Australian city Melbourne ends 5th COVID-19 lockdown

Haiti arrests top security official in slain president probe

Tunisia on edge as president suspends parliament, fires PM

Sports

Soler hits 2 HRs, again, as Royals beat White Sox 4-3

Báez hits bases-loaded single in 9th as Cubs top Reds 6-5

Kepler’s RBI single gives Twins 6-5 win vs. Tigers in 10

McCutchen’s 3-run HR in 9th gives Phillies 6-5 win over Nats

McNeil lifts Mets over Braves 1-0 for doubleheader split

Northern lights: Alaska teen shocks with Olympic swim gold

Fiji to play Australia, US to meet Britain in rugby 7s QFs

Breakfast Blogs

The 2022 Elections Will Be a Conflict Between What’s Actually Happening and What People Believe Is Happening Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

The Available Evidence Says Merrick Garland *Is* Prosecuting Controversial Cases from Trump Years emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Oh Florida… digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullbaloo

What Biden must unlearn Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Naturopath Sues Twitter After It Bans Her Account For Spreading Medical Misinformation Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Anti-Vaxxers Countermeasures Show Why It’s Not So Simple To Just ‘Delete’ Anti-Vax Misinfo On Social Media Mike Masnick, Techdirt

Senator Klobuchar Proposes An Unconstitutional Law That Would Kill Legions Of People If Trump Were Still President Cathy Gellis, Techdirt

President Biden Announces Eight Nominees for U.S. Attorney, Including a New Top Prosecutor for the U.S. Capitol Breach Docket Adam Klasfeld, Law & Crime

One sidesism Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

A Few Words on Bob Moses Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Parkland shooting survivor’s own father thinks it was a hoax, thanks to QANON and Marjorie Taylor Greene Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Reproduction, reproduction! Is that all Vance thinks about? Shakezula, Lawyers, Guns and Money

For the Record: Political Journalists Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

Texas GOP State Rep. Proud To Share Same Moral Code As Taliban Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkeyte

Democrats Need To Pass Some Voting Rights Bills While We Still Have Voting Rights Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Trump Heads To Arizona To Scream ROUTER! And Destroy State’s GOP Liz Dye, Wonkette