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Dec 31 2021

The Breakfast Club (Going Beyond)

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

Thomas Edison demonstrates light bulb; The United States winds down the Marshall Plan; Actor Anthony Hopkins, composer Jule Styne and musician Donna Summer are born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke

Breakfast News

US News

US children hospitalized with COVID in record numbers

Nursing home workers are urged to get boosters as cases soar

CDC warns against cruises, regardless of vaccination status

NC reports record COVID-19 cases, raising hospital concerns

Florida sees spike in COVID cases as hospitalizations rise

New Mexico sees test shortage as coronavirus cases top 2,000

Hawaii’s COVID cases surge to record high as omicron spreads

Maryland reports record day of virus cases, hospitalizations

Colorado wildfires burn hundreds of homes, force evacuations

Colorado governor slashes trucker’s prison term to 10 years

Navajo council votes to send big checks to tribal members

Judge sides with law enforcement in pipeline protest suit

More snow closes major freeway in Washington state

US unemployment claims drop to 198,000

New York jury holds drugmaker Teva liable in opioid crisis

Police evacuate Northwest Indiana mall following gunfire

Six Flags in Mexico City drops ‘affectionate behavior’ ban

US Politics

House committee says Trump privilege claim should be tossed

Defense secretary taking more authority for use of DC Guard

States diverge on police reforms after George Floyd killing

Teachers’ union sues to withdraw measures from Nevada ballot

International News

Scholz to Germans: Let’s all help to defeat COVID in 2022

Israel approves 4th vaccine dose for most vulnerable

Virus delays UN nuclear treaty meeting, possibly til August

Biden, Putin trade frank talk as alarm rises over Ukraine

Myanmar military reverts to strategy of massacres, burnings

Iran launches rocket into space amid Vienna nuclear talks

Russia labels Pussy Riot member, others as ‘foreign agents’

Italy welcomes home trafficked antiquities from US museums

Vivaldi opera gets premiere in Ferrara nearly 300 years late

Sports

Hurley, sick with COVID, says virus has taken a mental toll

Purdue outlasts Tennessee 48-45 in OT in Music City Bowl

Breakfast Blogs

Why That Peter Navarro Interview Isn’t Enough To Charge Him with Sedition emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

https://www.balloon-juice.com/2021/12/30/how-to-fix-the-politics-problem/ Betty Cracker, Balloon Juice

Will Reality Ever Bite? digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

No character required Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

DC Metro PD’s Powerful Review Panel Keeps Giving Bad Cops Their Jobs Back Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Missouri Governor Still Expects Journalists To Be Prosecuted For Showing How His Admin Leaked Teacher Social Security Numbers Mike Masnick, Techdirt

Where’s Ron? Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Accused sex criminal Alan Dershowitz presented by BBC as impartial analyst of convicted sex criminal’s Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 986 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Haiku Review of 2021: Smiling With No Teeth The Rude Pundit, at his blog

How to Steal a Horse Race: Get to the Finish First Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

COULD RIGHT-WING JESUS DECIDE THAT VACCINATION IS OKAY IN 2022? Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Does It Matter If The Person Taking Your Reproductive Rights Away Listens To Lizzo? Robyn Penacchia, Wonkette

Arbitrator Agrees Ex-Texas Cop Who Attended January 6 Insurrection Should Never Cop Again Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Trump Files Another Desperate Motion In Archives Case Liz Dye, Wonkette

Missouri Gov Mike Parson Vows Reporter Who Found Sh*tty Coding In State Website Will PAY. Doktor Zom, Wonkette

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