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Oct 19 2021

The Breakfast Club (Cynic)

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

British surrender at Yorktown decides American Revolution; Stock market crash hits Wall Street in late 1980s; Napoleon’s forces begin retreat from Moscow; Concorde makes first landing in New York.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to.

Fannie Hurst

Breakfast News

US News

Parents protest California COVID vaccine mandate for kids 2 hours ago

Why COVID boosters weren’t tweaked to better match variants

Navajo Nation: No COVID-related deaths, 13th time in 19 days

Federal judge rejects bid to block Oregon vaccine mandate

Chicago police lag in reporting vaccine status in city fight

Michigan business groups urge Biden to reconsider mandate

Bourbon producer signals intent to hire replacement workers

Nazi-looted Van Gogh painting could fetch $30 million

US Politics

Colin Powell dies, trailblazing general stained by Iraq

EPA unveils strategy to regulate toxic ‘forever chemicals’

Biden team asks Supreme Court to pause Texas abortion law

Harris argues for Biden climate agenda at sinking Lake Mead

Biden’s dilemma: Satisfying Manchin risks losing other Dems

Supreme Court sides with police officers in two qualified immunity cases

Lawmakers give Amazon ‘final chance’ to clear up testimony

Oregon illegal pot grows: More calls to send National Guard

DC suspends most of its Metro trains over safety issue

Trump files lawsuit to keep Jan. 6 documents from Congress

International News

Russia suspends its mission at NATO, shuts alliance’s office

Strikers protest Haiti’s lack of security after kidnappings

Myanmar leader says ASEAN blind to opposition’s violence

EU commissioner on climate action: ‘Leave no one behind’

South Korea says North Korea fired projectile to sea

China calls missile launch ‘routine test’ of new technology

Colombia is putting its ‘cocaine hippos’ on birth control

Sports

Washington State coach Rolovich fired for refusing vaccine

Gonzaga is No. 1 in preseason AP Top 25; UCLA, Kansas next

Flyers spoil Hakstol’s return in 6-1 win over Kraken

Panarin, Shesterkin lead Rangers over Maple Leafs 2-1 in OT

Breakfast Blogs

Colin Powell Had the Chance to Be a Great Man in a Crucial Moment. He Chose to Be a Loyal Apparatchik. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Double or Nothing Betty Cracker, Balloon Juice

Republicans Really Are in Disarray digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

“Now is the time of monsters” Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

New Research Shows Social Media Doesn’t Turn People Into Assholes (They Already Were), And Everyone’s Wrong About Echo Chambers Mike Masnick, Techdirt

LAPD Sees Your Reform Efforts, Raises You $20 Million In Bullets, Snacks, And Surveillance Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Striking in the Tight Labor Market Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Dennis Prager successfully acquires COVID in order to protect himself from COVID Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

REPUBLICAN VOTERS MIGHT SIT OUT FUTURE ELECTIONS, THANKS TO TRUMP? IF ONLY. Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Trump Threatens To Tank GOP In Midterms If Party Fails To Pucker Up And Kiss His Ass Liz Dye, Wonkette

Adam Kinzinger Isn’t Your BFF, And Chuck Todd Still Sucks Michael Mora, Wonkette

Concerned Parents Lose, Students Win, Metalhead Principal Gets To Stay Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

GOP Donors’ Favorite Dem Kyrsten Sinema Spent Last Week In Europe For Some Important Reason. Stephen Robinson, Wonkette