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Jul 31 2021

The Breakfast Club (Summer)

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

Ranger 7 beams lunar pictures; France’s Marquis de Lafayette makes his name in the American Revolution; Thomas Eagleton withdraws as George McGovern’s running mate; Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling born

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.

Russell Baker

Breakfast News

US News

The Latest: Dallas judge says masks required in courthouses

Hawaii reports highest number of new COVID cases in pandemic

Little Rock schools chief seeks suit over mask mandate ban

Oklahoma GOP likens vaccine mandates to persecution of Jews

Study: Vaccinated people can carry as much virus as others

Pentagon grappling with new vaccine orders; timing uncertain

Evictions looming, Biden fails to get Congress to extend ban

California wildfire flares but within line crews have built

Mudslides force more than 100 to spend night on highway

US sues Texas to block state troopers from stopping migrants

South Dakota air quality alert expanded statewide

San Francisco tenants get 6-figure buyout to leave luxe unit

Bezos loses appeal of NASA’s plans to use Musk moon lander

Florida zoo: Man injured by jaguar after crossing barrier

Los Angeles air traffic control warns ‘jetpack guy is back’

‘Big chair’ in front of Vermont bank damaged by vandals

US Politics

$1 trillion infrastructure plan clears another Senate hurdle

Trump urged Justice officials to declare election ‘corrupt’

Justice says IRS must give Trump tax returns to Congress

Justice Department says Russians hacked federal prosecutors

Georgia GOP starts push for takeover of local election board

International News

In heat emergency, Greece adds checks for fires, power cuts

Russia blames space station lab incident on software failure

Sports

Olympics Latest: Britain wins gold in mixed triathlon

Staying perfect: Dressel wins another gold with world record

McLaughlin, Muhammad pass easily through 1st-round hurdles

Rapinoe converts and US gets past Netherlands on penalties

US prospects, released players beat Israel 8-1 in Olympics

Votto homers in 7th straight game, one shy of MLB record

Nationals defeat Cubs 4-3 after both sell off at deadline

Annika Sorenstam takes 3-shot lead in US Senior Women’s Open

With college sports in flux, NCAA set to overhaul itself

Breakfast Blogs

Carl Levin Created the ‘At Long Last, Have You No Decency?’ Moment for the 2008 Financial Crisis Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

The Cellebrite Wars: Moxie’s Stunt and Freddie’s Phone emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Infrastructure tango digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Huhllabaloo

Use it or lose it, Democrats Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

DC Court Dumps Police Union’s Attempt To Block Release Of Recordings, Officers’ Names Following Police Shootings Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Top German Court Says Facebook Must Inform Users About Deleting Their Posts Or Suspending Their Account, Explain Why, And Allow Them To Respond Glyn Moody, Techdirt

Last Month In An LA Court I Witnessed The Future Of A World Without Section 230; It Was A Mess Mike Masnick, Techdirt

Broadband Portion Of Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan Appears Watered Down But Still Helpful Karl Bode, Techdirt

Supreme Court Brief Argues for End of Abortion by Warning Against the Rise of ‘Pagan’ Jurisprudence and by Citing Bob Dylan Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

DOJ Lawsuit: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Ban on Transporting Immigrants Will Endanger Children, Make COVID-19 Worse Aaron Keller, Law & Crime

Welp Dan Nexon, Lawyers, Guns and Money

COVID-19 showing the show-me state Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The vaccinated anti-vaxxers Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Union Divisions on Vaccines Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

WE’RE WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING AGAIN Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

US Men’s Soccer Thinks Women’s Team Deserves *More Than* ‘Equal Pay,’ Since They’re Better Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

When Did Jim Jordan Talk To Trump On January 6? Last Week, All The Time. About What? All Of It, Nothing. Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Trump Urged DOJ To ‘Say The Election Was Corrupt And Leave The Rest To Me.’ Very Cool, Very Legal. Liz Dye, Wonkette

Wild Idea: Stop Voter Suppression Even If It Means Putting Joe Manchin’s Name On The Bill Doktor Zoom, Wonkette