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Jan 20 2022

The Breakfast Club (Question)

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

Iran releases American hostages; Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy inaugurated as President.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

The power to question is the basis of all human progress.

Indira Gandhi

Breakfast News

US News

Prior infection, vaccines provide best protection from COVID

Starbucks nixes vaccine mandate after Supreme Court ruling

Biden to give away 400 million N95 masks starting next week

US begins offering 1B free COVID tests, but many more needed

Biden says nation weary from COVID but rising with him in WH

Airlines cancel some flights after reduced 5G rollout in US

Mining co. drops rights to watershed in preservation step

Army Corps to spend $732M on Mississippi River lock upgrade

Missouri Highway Patrol mistakenly sends Batman-themed alert

Celeb-heavy Los Angeles suburb gets tough on water wasters

US Politics

Voting bill collapses, Democrats unable to change filibuster

Supreme Court allows Jan. 6 committee to get Trump documents

What comes next in New York’s investigation of Donald Trump

Biden blasts GOP as lacking a message heading into midterms

U.S. Supreme Court asked to hear Confederate statue case

WA House passes pause to long-term care program and tax

International News

WHO counts 18 million virus cases last week as omicron slows

UK lifts COVID restrictions, says omicron wave ‘has peaked’

Biden predicts Russia will invade Ukraine, warns Putin

Russia says it will take nothing less but NATO expansion ban

First aid flights leave for Tonga after big volcano eruption

UK’s Johnson defies calls to quit as ouster bid gathers pace

N. Korea slams US, hints at resuming nuclear, ICBM tests

Germany criticizes Czech tycoon’s 257 mph Autobahn ride

Rare, pristine coral reef found off Tahiti coast

Sports

Lewis buries late 3 to send Marquette past Villanova 57-54

Walker rallies Oklahoma State past TCU 57-56

No. 12 Kentucky withstands test from Aggies in 64-58 win

Curry returns to help Louisville top Boston College 67-54

Embiid ties career high with 50 points, 76ers beat Magic

Nets hold off Wizards’ rally, beat Washington 119-118

DeRozan, Vucevic lead way as Bulls hold off Cavs 117-104

Short-handed Heat pull away late, top Trail Blazers 104-92

Murray has triple-double as Spurs roll past Thunder, 118-96

Giannis leads Bucks past short-handed Grizzlies, 126-114

Rangers use 3-goal third period to blow past Maple Leafs 6-3

Breakfast Blogs

These New Details About the ‘Peaceful Tourists’ Who Visited the Capitol Are Incredibly Dark Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

“HOLD. THE. LINE!!!” DOJ’s Late Research into Brandon Straka’s Grift emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Party ID Hysterics digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

No indictment too soon Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

DirecTV Finally Dumps OAN, Limiting The Conspiracy And Propaganda Channel’s Reach Karl Bode, Techdirt

In Campaign Finance Case, Justices Alito and Thomas Liken Sen. Ted Cruz to Aggrieved Black Man in Plessy v. Ferguson Elura Nanos, Law & Crime

Against complacency on voting rights Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Predator Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 997 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Today’s Never Trump Moment of Zen driftglass, at his blog

Marco Rubio’s Caramel Macchiato Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

THAT POLL DOESN’T SAY WHAT MATT YGLESIAS THINKS IT SAYS Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Trump Family Gets Late Night Love Note From New York Attorney General Liz Dye, Wonkette

Florida Takes Its Turn On ‘Please Don’t Make White People Uncomfortable’ Bandwagon Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

Yesterday In Labor History: The Goddamn Pinkertons Erik Loomis, Wonkette

Let’s Assume, Just For The Moment, That Joe Manchin Is A Dishonest Man Stephen Robinson, Wonkette