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Dec 25 2021

The Breakfast Club (The Nutcracker)

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

George Washington crosses the Delaware River; Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev resigns; Ousted Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife are executed; James Brown dies.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

There is nothing in the dark that isn’t there when the lights are on.

https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/rod_serling_392330

Breakfast News

US News

Airlines cancel flights due to COVID staffing shortages

Many US churches canceling in-person Christmas services

Omicron is latest blow to pandemic-weary front-line workers

Hochul takes on COVID critics, cuts health worker quarantine

New Orleans university delays return amid new COVID-19 wave

US Navy warship sidelined with COVID-19 outbreak

Judge upholds ruling against NYT over Project Veritas memos

Feds seek jail for Capitol riot suspect found with rifle

Holiday gifts taken from luggage, replaced with dog food

Northwest prepares for frigid temperatures, snow

Extinct shark named after LSU museum official as she retires

TSA officer saves infant who stopped breathing at airport

Satu, orangutan at the San Diego Zoo, dies at 26

Sweet repeat: Brothers regift same hard candy for decades

Marines on snowmobiles help Santa in Alaska’s remote Arctic

US Politics

COVID-19 makes Biden’s 1st White House Christmas less merry

International News

In omicron-free New Zealand, Christmas without restrictions

Daily COVID cases in Australia’s New South Wales top 6,000

Paris’ Notre Dame rector offers hope to virus-hit worshipers

COVID puts a damper on Christmas Eve again around the world

Massive ferry fire kills at least 39 in southern Bangladesh

Greece: 13 dead, others missing in new migrant boat accident

SKorea ex-President Park, jailed for corruption, is pardoned

Kremlin expects US answer on security guarantees next month

Sports

NHL postpones 14 games; won’t resume play until Tuesday

Christmas boost: NBA continues quest for more shots in arms

Garoppolo’s mistakes plague 49ers in 20-17 loss to Titans

After a one-year absence, Sydney to Hobart race set to sail

Breakfast Blogs

For Christmas, We Received a Hopeful Week Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Chekhov’s Riot Shield: How Proud Boy Matthew Greene’s Cooperation Helps Prove the Conspiracy emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Happy Holidays From The Emptywheel Blog: A Year To Remember, A Year To Forget And An Open Forum For Cooking, Trash And Other Talk bmaz, emptywheel

J6C to SCOTUS: Hurry Up! Betty Cracker, Balloon Juice

The Gift That Keeps On Giving digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Unconscionable Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Another Illinois Appeals Court Handles Compelled Password Production, Says There’s No Fifth Amendment Issue Here Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Emission Theory Politics: In Which Mighty Beams of Higher Political Awareness Shoot From Their Eyes driftglass, at his blog

The Rude Pundit’s Annual Nativity-palooza, Now Including Weird-Ass Glass and Metal Ones The Rude Pundit, at his blog

Conservatives in Caves Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

Jan. 6 Committee Invites Coup- Curious Congressman Jim Jordan In For A Chat Liz Dye, Wonkette

Former Cop Guilty Of Manslaughter In Killing Of Daunte Wright Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

Naomi Wolf Says Biden Military Doctors Coming To Take You Away (Ha Ha) Rebecca Schoenkopf, Wonkette