Aug 03 2021

The Breakfast Club (Room For Learning)

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

Christopher Columbus sets sail; Europe slides further into World War I; A Cold War case heats up Capitol Hill; Air traffic controllers in the U.S. go on strike; NBA founded; Singer Tony Bennett born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

No matter what age you are, there’s a lot of room for learning.

Tony Bennett

Breakfast News

US News

US hits 70% vaccination rate — a month late, amid a surge

Sierra Nevada red fox to be listed as federally endangered

With evictions resuming, tenants scramble for assistance

US employers ratchet up the pressure on the unvaccinated

Navajo Nation: 9 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths for 2nd day

COVID hits 23 in California schools, days after reopening

Union: NLRB officer recommends new vote for Amazon workers

Record wildfire burns amid drought on Hawaii’s Big Island

Power shutoffs should be last resort, regulators warn

New theory: Earth’s longer days kick-started oxygen growth

Families urge using new DNA tech to ID Pearl Harbor unknowns

US Politics

White House calls on states to prevent evictions

Police officers become candidates as policing debate rages

$1T infrastructure bill gets first action as senators dig in

Court declines to hear church’s attack on COVID restrictions

County refuses Arizona Senate’s subpoena in election audit

International News

Rome governor pledges vaccinations go on despite hacking

In heat emergency, southern Europe scrambles for resources

Giant panda in French zoo gives birth to ‘lively’ twin girls


Olympics Latest: China gets 1-2 finish in springboard semis

Clean, repeat: At Tokyo Games, virus is Olympians’ chief foe

Israel’s Olympic gold victory raises Jewish identity debate

Allman’s Joy: Discus thrower waits out rain for gold medal

Third-timer, Old-timer: Ross still strong on Olympic beach

Canada upsets US with 1-0 win in women’s soccer

Doncic, Slovenia move into Olympic basketball semifinals

Warholm crushes world record in fast, fast Olympic hurdles

Rangers steal home in 4-1 win over Angels for 3 in a row

O’s slug 4 HRs, top Yanks 7-1 in game slowed by loose cat

Brinson’s 1st-inning grand slam helps Marlins beat Mets 6-3

Fraley drives in 2, Flexen solid as Mariners beat Rays 8-2

Realmuto, Segura help Phillies rally to 7-5 win vs Nats

Breakfast Blogs

This Pandemic Has Turned Our Historical Reaction to Epidemic Disease on Its Head Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Three Tea Leaves in Judge Tim Kelly’s Matthew Greene Detention Decision emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

More election shenanigans on deck digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Moral imperatives Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

New York Congresswoman Thinks It’s Too Hard To Be A Good Cop, Offers Up Bill That Would Codify Qualified Immunity Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Trio of GOP-Appointed Judges Unanimously Approve Indiana University’s Vaccine Mandate: ‘There Can’t Be a Constitutional Problem With Vaccination’ Jerry Lambe, Law & Crime

Federal Court Rules FDA Must Reveal How Many Hens Egg Producers Are Keeping in Hen Houses Elura Nanos, Law & Crime

Dark money and the attack on American democracy Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

White paranoia, white rage, and Fox News Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 890 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

If You Had Told Me In 2017… driftglass, at his blog

SocioLOLogy Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names


Democracy Probably F*cked, Thanks to Supreme Leader Joe Manchin Michael Mora, Wonkette

Why Is Matt Yglesias? Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

It’s Monday, So It Must Actually Be Joe Biden’s Infrastructure Week! Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

ISIS On GETTR? Who Could Have Predicted This Shocking Turn Of Events? Liz Dye, Wonkette