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Jan 17 2022

The Breakfast Club (Essential Liberty)

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

Benjamin Franklin born; Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw; Eisenhower farewell address; Japan earthquake; Al Capone is born;Muhammad Ali born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin

Breakfast News

US News

COVID deaths and cases are rising again at US nursing homes

Expect more worrisome variants after omicron, scientists say

Double dealing: Legal, illicit blur in California pot market

Snow, ice blast through South with powerful winter storm

Fund to preserve, assist Black churches gets $20M donation

Bidens pack carrots, apples into boxes during food bank stop

US Politics

For Oath Keepers and founder, Jan. 6 was weeks in the making

DirecTV drops Trump-friendly One America News

International News

COVID program delivers 1 billion doses to poorer countries

Omicron exposes inflexibility of Europe’s public hospitals

Japan’s Kishida says virus measures, defense top priorities

No vaccine? No cafe, according to new French virus law

Ukraine says Russia behind cyberattack in ‘hybrid war’ move

French far-left presidential hopeful woos voters with jobs

N. Korea fires short-range missiles in 4th launch this year

Trailblazing Arab lawmaker shakes up Israeli politics

Flights sent to assess Tonga damage after volcanic eruption

Sports

No. 11 Michigan shuts down No. 8 Maryland in 69-49 rout

No. 1 South Carolina women beat Arkansas 61-52

Cunane, No. 4 Wolfpack women beat No. 16 Blue Devils 84-60

Berger, Gulbe help No. 6 Indiana women top Purdue in OT

No. 2 Stanford rallies to beat Utah 83-73

Champagnie scores 25, leads St John’s past Georgetown 88-69

49ers hang on over Cowboys 23-17 in chaotic wild-card finish

Brady throws for 2 TDs, SB champions dominate Eagles 31-15

Mahomes leads Chiefs to 42-21 wild-card romp over Steelers

Allen-led Bills throttle division rival Patriots, 47-17

Bengals hold on, finally win in playoffs, 26-19 over Raiders

Towns carries Timberwolves past Curry-less Warriors, 119-99

Breakfast Blogs

The Supreme Court’s Vaccine Mandate Decision Was an Opening Shot Against Regulating Anything Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

BREAKING (WaPo’s Stenography): Prosecutors Are Asking about Rudy Giuliani’s Ties to Militias emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Taking Matters Into Their own Hands digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Extremists for God and country Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Huhllabaloo