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Sep 15 2021

The Breakfast Club (Perfect Courage)

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

Four black girls killed in a church blast in Alabama; President George W. Bush vows massive rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina; Nazi Germany adopts Nuremberg laws; Agatha Christie and Oliver Stone born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Breakfast News

US News

Census: Relief programs staved off hardship in COVID crash

COVID-19 cases climbing, wiping out months of progress

State workers seek exemptions to Washington vaccine mandate

Arkansas: 36 new COVID deaths and 1,544 new COVID-19 cases

COVID surge pushes much of Idaho toward medical rationing

Push for Native American curriculum in schools makes gains

Nicholas, now a tropical depression, still douses Gulf Coast

Boy Scouts settlement reached with primary insurer

Former professor charged with sending equipment to Iran

Feds: Los Angeles bomb technicians caused major explosion

Official: North Dakota’s costliest leased space mostly used

Judge tosses lawsuit against Mormon church use of donations

Missouri cave with ancient Native American drawings sold

US Politics

Democrats try delicate tax maneuvers for $3.5 trillion bill

3 former US officials charged in UAE hacking scheme

Book: Top US officer feared Trump could order China strike

Indiana redistricting plan secures suburban district for GOP

International News

Putin in self-isolation due to COVID cases in inner circle

WHO, partners aim to get Africa 30% of needed doses by Feb

Third shot: UK to offer COVID booster jabs to over 50s

Blinken defense of Afghan policy clouded by al-Qaida warning

Haiti prosecutor seeks to charge PM in killing, is replaced

US military aid to Egypt released despite rights concerns

AP Interview: UN refugee chief says Afghan stability needed

Fukushima plant failed to probe cause of faulty filters

Mexico to give away ‘El Chapo’ safehouse in lottery

Beijing court rules against woman in China #MeToo case

Chinese ambassador to UK barred from Parliament

Egypt opens ancient tomb of King Djoser after restoration

Egypt team identifies fossil of land-roaming whale species

Breakfast Blogs

I’d Like to Hear Christopher Wray Explain Why the FBI Used This Memo to Avoid Investigating Brett Kavanaugh Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

DOJ Put Someone Who Enabled Sidney Powell’s Lies — Jocelyn Ballantine — in Charge of Prosecuting the Proud Boys emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

A popular mandate digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Even “pro-business” was a lie Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Commentator Insists That Fact Checking Is An Attack On Free Speech Mike Masnick, Techdirt

Biden ‘Competition Council’ Urges Biden FCC To Do Things It Can’t Do Because Biden Hasn’t Fully Staffed It Yet Karl Bode, Techdirt

DOJ Says Federal Agents Will Start Wearing Body Cameras Tim Cusaing, Techdirt

Federal Judge: Iowa’s Law Banning Mask Mandates in Public Schools Violates the Constitution and ADA Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

Now We Know When ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli Will Face Trial That Could Lead to Pharmaceutical Industry Ban Adam Klasfeld, Law & Crime

Will Republicans and their fellow travelers make whooping cough great again? Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The murder of Daniel and Davy Macias by the cowards Rupert Murdoch and Tucker Carlson Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Norm Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Literary Corner: Vulnerable to the Reliability Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

YOU KNOW THAT ALL THE WINGNUTS IN AMERICA THINK THEIR WORST SUSPICIONS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED, RIGHT? Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Why’s Everybody Pickin’ On The Poor Right-Wing Hacks Of The Supreme Court? Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Did You Forget How Crazy Trump Was? Bob Woodward Will Remind You. Liz Dye, Wonkette

Joe Manchin Gonna Find 10 Unicorn Republicans Who’ll Support Voting Rights. Honest! Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

If *Joe Scarborough* Thinks Dem Plan Doesn’t Tax Rich Enough, That Plan Could Use Some Fixin’ Doktor Zoom, Wonkette