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Sep 16 2021

The Breakfast Club (Demons)

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

Vietnam War deserters and draft evaders receive conditional amnesty; Palestinian refugees massacred in Lebanon; Mexico pushes for independence; Opera star Maria Callas dies; Blues great B.B. King born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Every war has its demons.

Richard Engel

Breakfast News

US News

COVID-19 cases appear to be flattening — at dangerous level

Virus surge twice as bad in Reno as Vegas; hospitals filling

Alaska records most daily COVID cases amid healthcare strain

As COVID-19 vaccine mandates rise, religious exemptions grow

Los Angeles County to require vaccines in indoor bars

FDA strikes cautious tone ahead of vaccine booster meeting

Largest colleges push student vaccines with mandates, prizes

Biden: Nearly 3M get health coverage during COVID-19 sign-up

Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates

Crushed by pandemic, conventions mount a cautious return

Tesla builds 1st store on tribal land, dodges state car laws

Court won’t stop protests outside Michigan synagogue

Contest winners, health worker orbiting world in SpaceX 1st

US Politics

Biles: FBI turned ‘blind eye’ to reports of gymnasts’ abuse

Democrats could reform ‘weaponized’ California recall system

Dire warning from Newsom helped turn California recall tide

Democrats see a midterm map in California recall success

Biden $3.5T plan tests voter appeal of expansive gov’t role

House panel rejects drug pricing plan in setback to Biden

Court rejects lawsuit against NSA on “state secrets” grounds

Parson’s vetoes withstand GOP Legislature’s override efforts

Pope: No place for politics in Biden Communion flap

International News

World leaders face new rule at UN meeting: vaccination

Unvaccinated French health care workers face suspension

Alberta leader apologizes, imposes restrictions and passport

Afghan killed by drone praised by co-workers in US aid group

Biden announces Indo-Pacific alliance with UK, Australia

France says head of Islamic State in Sahara has been killed

Australia buys US nuclear subs due to changed security needs

North Korea says it tested rail-launched ballistic missiles

UN urges moratorium on use of AI that imperils human rights

Haiti faces fresh instability as PM comes under scrutiny

Draft of Cuba’s new family code opens door for gay marriage

Sports

Gardner’s 2-run single in 9th lifts Yankees over Orioles 4-3

Cardinals power past Mets 11-4 for 3-game sweep

Indians pound out 14 hits, Quantrill cruises past Twins 12-3

Bichette, Ray lead Blue Jays over Rays 6-3

Marsh homers off Kopech in 8th, Angels top White Sox 3-2

Phillies win wild one on passed ball in 9th; top Cubs 6-5

Breakfast Blogs

The Arizona Supreme Court Took a Lead-Lined Gavel to the Cyber Ninjas Yet Again Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Networks of Insurrection: “Trump is literally calling people to DC in a show of force” emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

https://www.emptywheel.net/2021/09/15/understanding-suicidal-americans/ Ed Walker, emptywheel

Everyone Needs To Stop the Hysterics Regarding General Milley and Read What Is Actually Being Reported Adam L. Silverman, Balloon Juice

The culture war’s common cause digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

What’s Manchin’s deal? Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Satire Site Gets Ridiculous Threat Letter From Baseball Team; cc’s Barbra Streisand In Its Response Mike Masnick, Techdirt

Trump Donor Who Propped Up His $2 Billion Hotel Business With $96 Million In COVID Loans Threatens Website For Publishing Facts And Opinions Tm Cushing, Techdirt

‘The Decision Okays Gag Orders’: First Amendment Experts Sound Alarm on ‘Mind-Bending Interpretation of Libel Law’ in Devin Nunes Appeals Court Ruling Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

Two Dozen Democratic AGs Warn Judge That Texas’ ‘Lawless’ and ‘Evasive Scheme’ to Sidestep Roe v. Wade Will Put States’ Health Care Under ‘Untenable Strain’ Adam Klasfeld, Law & Crime

Manufacturing complexity Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 916 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Kathleen Parker is the Kasie Hunt of Peggy Noonans driftglass, at his blog

For the Record: Big Buttons and Illegal Orders Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

Republicans Can Suck Swollen Democratic Balls in California The Rude Pundit, at his blog

FEDERALIST: IT CAN’T BE DEMOCRACY IF OUR SIDE LOSES Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Newsom Spanks GOP Talkshow Clown In California Recall Election Liz Dye, Wonkette

Are We Really Gonna Debate Mark Milley’s World-Saving Actions While Trump Actively Steals The 2024 Election? Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Trinidad And Tobago Makes Important Announcement On Nicki Minaj’s Cousin’s Friend’s Balls Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Joe Manchin Ain’t See Why You’d Rush To Keep Planet ‘Habitable’ And ‘Not On Fire’ Doktor Zoom, Wonkette