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Dec 03 2021

The Breakfast Club (Unlikely Places)

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

First human heart transplant performed; Industrial accident kills thousands in Bhopal, India; Hundreds of students arrested at the University of California at Berkeley; “A Streetcar Named Desire” opens on Broadway; Snger Ozzy Osbourne is born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Courage is found in unlikely places.

J. R. R. Tolkien

Breakfast News

US News

Omicron coronavirus variant found in multiple US states

Pushing COVID-19 boosters, Biden says ‘we need to be ready’

New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy vaccine mandate

‘The fire that’s here’: US is still battling delta variant

Navajo Nation reports 142 more COVID-19 cases, 1 more death

Omicron variant detected in unvaccinated Hawaii resident

Unvaccinated Nevada state workers to pay insurance surcharge

TSA requires rail and airports to strengthen cybersecurity

Armed man outside UN arrested after standoff, lockdown

LA authorities announce arrests in smash-and-grab robberies

EPA outlines $7.4B for water infrastructure headed to states

Florida law school creates Ben Crump social justice center

Oregon officials ask public help to find killers of 8 wolves

Biden helps light National Christmas Tree near White House

US Politics

Senate passes stopgap funding bill, avoiding shutdown

Governor, AG sue Defense Department over vaccine requirement

Democrats hope threat to abortion rights will rouse voters

Haley: Diversifying puts GOP in best position to lead

Lawyers allied with Trump ordered to pay $175K in sanctions

California official says women on boards law is toothless

Virginia House recount underway; could affirm GOP majority

US will resume policy for asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico

Durbin: Prisons chief has ‘no intention of reforming’ system

International News

Variants, boosters turn rich-poor vaccine gap into chasm

Germany locks unvaccinated out of public life; mandate looms

South Korea tightens social distancing to fight virus wave

OPEC, allies stick to modest output boost despite omicron

China, US tussle over Biden’s ‘Summit for Democracy’

Island turns into open-air lab for tech-savvy volcanologists

In Denmark, a snow storm means people overnight in an IKEA

Sports

No. 2 N.C. State women put away No. 6 Indiana with late run

Reese, Owusu lead No. 8 Maryland women past Miami

Morris scores 25, LSU women knock off No. 14 Cyclones 69-60

Engstler helps No. 10 Louisville women rout No. 12 Michigan

No. 9 Iowa returns from COVID-19 pause, loses at Duke 79-64

No. 1 Georgia looks to become top dog over Alabama in SEC

DeRozan, LaVine help Bulls hang on to beat Knicks 119-115

Grizzlies throttle Thunder by NBA-record 73-point margin

Minus Giannis, Bucks lose to Toronto, ending win streak at 8

Kaprizov scores twice, Wild roll to 5-2 win against Devils

Panthers come back from 3 down again to beat Sabres 7-4

Jones, Blackhawks come back to beat Capitals in shootout

Norris scores late, Senators beat Canes for NHL-low 5th win

Breakfast Blogs

The Immunity to Trumpism Among Massachusetts Republicans Is Dwindling Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

237 Days: Cooperation in Criminal Investigations Takes a Long Time emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

It’s the stupidity, stupid! Betty Cracker, Balloon Juice

The Conservatives on the Supreme Court Want to Punish Women The Rude Pundit, at his blog

SCOTUS Will Gaslight Us Until the End Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

Back to the future on abortion digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Things that go BOOM! Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Colorado Appeals Court Says A Drug Dog That Alerts On Now-Legal Weed Can’t Create Probable Cause For A Search Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Josh Hawley Thinks We Should Break Up Twitter Because He Doesn’t Like The Company’s Editorial Choices Mike Masnick, Techdirt

House Republicans Favorably Cite Alexander Hamilton, House Democrats Rely on Brett Kavanaugh During Explosive Oral Arguments Over Mask Mandate and ‘Hefty’ Fines Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

‘Eye-Gouger’ Ex-Cop Who Used to Be on Mike Bloomberg’s Security Detail Intends to Argue He Beat Up Officer on Jan. 6 in Self-Defense Marisa Sarnoff, Law & Cirme

The terrorists have won Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

I wouldn’t say *self* fulfilling Scott Lemieux, lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 968 Erik Lomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Abortion Science Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

THIS IS HOW YOU PLAY THE LONG GAME Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Don’t Tell An Anti-Vaxxer To Go Eat Dirt, Because They WILL Take It Literally! Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

Stacey Abrams Gonna Be Georgia’s Next Governor. There We Said It. Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Trump DOJ Lawyer Jeffrey Clark Lands It Like Hindenberg With Jan. 6 Committee Liz Dye, Wonkette

Local Democrats Only Flip 40-ish Seats In Georgia Elections, Probably Excellent News For John McCain Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

PSA For Beltway Media: Susan Collins Is Full Of Sh*t Evan Hurst, Wonkette