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Oct 22 2021

The Breakfast Club (Let It Shine)

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

A Cold War crisis over Cuba leads to brink of nuclear war; Shah of Iran allowed into U.S. for treatment; ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd killed; Last victim slain in D.C. sniper shootings; Cellist Pablo Casals dies.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.

Doris Lessing

Breakfast News

US News

COVID vaccine: CDC expands booster rollout, OKs mixing shots

US marks 200M COVID-19 shots shared with world

US: More threats, more desperate refugees as climate warms

US regulators endorse efforts to address climate risks

California proposes new oil drilling ban near neighborhoods

NASA launches tool that measures Western water loss

US regulators endorse efforts to address climate risks

Forecasters predict warmer winter for two-thirds of US

Fed imposes sweeping new limits on policymakers’ investments

Bid to unionize Amazon workers in New York nears milestone

Charges dropped against longtime inmate in shaken baby case

Body scan reveals shotgun shell inside Alabama prisoner

Buzzards settle in North Carolina town despite scare tactics

US Politics

House votes to hold Trump ally Steve Bannon in contempt

White House, Dems hurriedly reworking $2 trillion Biden plan

Biden bill would put US back on path of reducing uninsured

Billions in environmental justice funds hang in the balance

Biden ties legislative agenda to MLK push for racial justice

International News

New Zealand sets 90% vaccination target to end lockdowns

India celebrates 1B vaccine doses, hopes to speed 2nd shots

Moscow closing schools, many businesses as virus deaths soar

EU leaders seek to safeguard energy supplies as prices soar

Qantas moves up flights as Australia expects tourists soon

Desperate Haitians suffocate under growing power of gangs

Haiti gang leader threatens to kill kidnapped missionaries

UK palace says queen, 95, spent night in hospital for checks

For sleepy Hong Kong residents, 5-hour bus tour is a snooze

World’s biggest triceratops sells for $7.7 million in Paris

Sports

Taylor hits 3 HRs, Dodgers beat Braves 11-2 to extend NLCS

Keenum, 3rd-string back Johnson lead Browns past Broncos

Herro scores 27 points, Heat rout Bucks 137-95 in opener

Young, Hawks open season with 113-87 rout of Mavericks

Kyle Connor scores twice, Jets beat Ducks 5-1 for 1st win

Capitals’ Sprong has goal, assist in 4-1 win over Devils

Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Hurricanes roll past winless Canadiens

US women tie South Korea 0-0, snap 22-match home win streak

Breakfast Blogs

The Texas Gerrymander Is an Atrocity Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Merrick Garland’s Dodges on Investigating Former Presidents emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Compassion Fatigue digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Death threats must die! Spocko, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Virtual secession Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Chicago Court Gets Its Prior Restraint On, Tells Police Union Head To STFU About City’s Vaccine Mandate Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Trump Org Under Scrutiny by Westchester DA for What Town Assessor Calls ‘Discrepancy’ Between Value of Golf Club on Balance Sheets and ‘Tax Purposes’ Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

‘Exactly What Straw Donations Look Like’: Prosecutor Tells Jurors Lev Parnas Funneled Russian’s Money as High-Profile Trial Wraps Up Adam Klasfeld and Marisa Sarnoff, Law & Crime

Illinois Drama Teacher Asks Judge to Keep Lawsuit Alive Against School’s ‘Critical Race Theory’ Curriculum, ‘Unconscionable Race-Based Programming’ Aaron Keller, Law & Crime

Is Civilization Worth It? Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Of chumps and pig dumps Shakezula, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 938 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

THE PALOOKA WHO THINKS HE CAN CHALLENGE TRUMP Steve M., No More Miter Nice Blog

Charlie Kirk Geopolitics Corner: Will China Bomb Taiwan Because Of Vermont Drag Show? Evan Hurst, Wonketter

Trump Jumps Into Social Media Fray, Lands In Pig Sh*t Liz Dye, Wonkette

Shucks, Guess Joe Manchin Never Found Those 10 Republicans Who’d Support Voting Rights Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Kyrsten Sinema Really Trying Our Patience, Tell You What Doktor Zoom, Wonkette