Oct 20 2021

The Breakfast Club (The Only Time)

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

‘Saturday Night Massacre’ takes place during Watergate scandal; Gen. Douglas MacArthur returns to Philippines; Jacqueline Kennedy weds Aristotle Onassis; Three Lynyrd Skynyrd members die in plane crash.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.

Art Buchwald

Breakfast News

US News

Union Pacific and its unions sue each other over vaccine

Tucson employees face firing if they don’t get vaccinated

Maui mayor exposed to COVID by pandemic safety rules foe

Hawaii’s governor welcomes travelers as COVID counts drop

Southwest: We won’t put unvaccinated workers on unpaid leave

WVa lawmaker compares federal vaccine rule to Nazi Germany

COVID-19 and pregnancy: Women regret not getting the vaccine

Grand jury will get case of man threatening to kill senators

Michigan city declares emergency over lead; governor visits

Agency hears testimony on disputed section of $1B power line

‘A dangerous time’: Portland, Oregon, sees record homicides

Washington sheriff charged over confrontation with Black man

FBI at Russian oligarch’s homes for ‘law enforcement’ action

Hopeful storms in forecast for drought plagued US West

Manatee deaths rise in Florida as pollutants kill seagrass

US formally removes Colorado River fish’s endangered status

Arizona police and local ranchers help catch a roaming bull

US Politics

Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Steve Bannon in contempt

Biden focuses on climate, families in trimmed $2T plan

Indictment accuses Nebraska congressman of lying to FBI

Income test for Medicare dental under debate; gets pushback

GOP firebrand Michele Fiore enters Nevada governor’s race

Former Calif. regulator tapped to run highway safety agency

Missouri budget officials outline $50M cost of data breach

International News

As deaths rise, Russian doctors despair at low vaccine rate

Brazil senators readying call for Bolsonaro criminal charges

N Korea confirms missile test designed for submarine launch

Energy crunch hits global recovery as winter approaches

Vulnerable nations lay out demands for climate talks

Haiti gang seeks $1M each for kidnapped US missionaries

Crowds outside Myanmar’s prisons greet freed detainees

Israeli scuba diver discovers ancient Crusader sword

Thanks but no: UK queen turns down ‘Oldie of the Year’ title

Police answering 4-year-old’s call confirm his toys are cool


Bellinger, Betts rally Dodgers, cut Braves’ NLCS lead to 2-1

Bucks begin title defense with 127-104 victory over Nets

Stars’ Pavelski, Radulov edge Penguins 2-1 in shootout

Unbeaten Sabres rally past Canucks 5-2 for 3rd victory

Sorokin stops 39, Islanders beat Blackhawks 4-1 for 1st win

Predators score twice in third period, top Kings 2-1

Raymond scores 1st NHL goal, Red Wings top Blue Jackets 4-1

Kuznetsov scores twice, Capitals beat Avalanche 6-3

Devils deal Kraken 4-2 loss ahead of Seattle’s home opener

South Carolina, UConn, Stanford women top preseason Top 25

Breakfast Blogs

In Honor of the FBI Raid on Oleg Deripaska, Let’s Go Into the Archives Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Ryan Grim’s “Gibberish” about Co-Conspirator Statements emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Rachel Levine, MD Has Been Sworn In as Admiral Levine In the US Public Health Service! Adam L. Silverman, Balloon Juice

Slapping down the new recruits digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

America deserves better Tom Sullivan, Digby’a Hullabaloo

Appeals Court Says Couple’s Lawsuit Over Bogus Vehicle Forfeiture Can Continue Tim Cushing, Techdirt

But will we be able to tell? Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

China’s New Missile System Cheryl Rofer, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The logic of the squishy anti-vaxxer Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Unionizing Faculty Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money


Bari Weiss Is A Ridiculous Person Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

Madison Cawthorn Just Begging All The Mommies To Raise Up Some MONSTER BOYS Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Nebraska GOP Rep. Jeff Fortenberry Isn’t Worried About Getting Indicted. Not At All. Not One Bit. Liz Dye, Wonkette

How We Doing On ‘Build Back Better?’ Better, Seems Like! Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

NY Dem Chair Didn’t Mean To Insult Black Lady Socialist When He Compared Her To David Duke Stephen Robinson, Wonkette