Late Night Today

Late Night Today is for our readers who can’t stay awake to watch the shows. Everyone deserves a good laugh.

Saturday Night Live

Minnesota News Cold Open
News anchors (Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat,

Chris Redd, Ego Nwodim) have an on-air debate about the current racial issues in America.

Weekend Update: Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama on Their Podcast Renegades

Bruce Springsteen (Beck Bennett) and former President Barack Obama (Chris Redd) stop by Weekend Update to discuss their friendship and their new podcast Renegades.

Weekend Update: New Dick’s Sporting Goods Store & Taylor Swift Re-Records Album

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, like Tyler Perry developing a new Madea TV series.

Weekend Update: Matt Gaetz Venmo Sex Scandal

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, like President Joe Biden’s new executive actions on gun control.

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The Real “Border Crisis” – SOME MORE NEWS

Hi. In today’s episode, we take a look at the border and explore how maybe the real crisis is that there is one.

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The Breakfast Club (Fresh Baked Cookies)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club!

AP’s Today in History for April 11th

President Harry Truman relieves Gen. Douglas Mcarthur of his command in Asia; Napoleon Bonaparte banished to Island of Elba; American soldiers liberate first Nazi concentration camp; Idi Amin deposed as Uganda’s President; Apollo 13 blasts off.

Breakfast Tune “Hard Times” and “Camptown Hornpipe” performed by Rhiannon Giddens, Banjo l Met Music

Something to think about, Breakfast News & Blogs below

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Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

On Sunday mornings we present a preview of the guests on the morning talk shows so you can choose which ones to watch or some do something more worth your time on a Sunday morning.

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The Sunday Talking Heads:

This Week with George Stephanopolis: The guests on Sunday’s “This Week” are: Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm; and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS).

The justice panel guests are: Pierre Thomas, Chief Justice Correspondent for ABC News; Dan Abrams, ABC News chief legal correspondent; and Terr Austin, ‎host and legal analyst at Law and Crime.

The round table guests are; Former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ); former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (??); Rachel Scott, ABC News congressional correspondent; and Maggie Haberman, White House correspondent for The New York Times.

Face the Nation: Host Margaret Brennan’s guests are: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond; and Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd: The guests on this week’s “MTP” are: Secretary of State Anthony Blinken; and Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR).

The panel guests are: Peter Alexander, NBC News White House correspondent; Helene Cooper, Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times; Amna Nawaz, correspondent for PBS NewsHour; and Ashley Parker, White House reporter for The Washington Post.

State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash: Mr. Tapper’s guests are: Secretary of Transportation Peter Buttigieg; Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR); and Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC).

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The Establishment covers Matt Gaetz’s underage sex scandal

The Establishment dives into Biden’s new infrastructure bill, the underage sex allegations against Rep. Matt Gaetz, and more with legendary filmmaker Rob Reiner.

Virtue Signal rocked by Matt Gaetz scandal

Virtue Signal discusses the Matt Gaetz scandal, marijuana legislation, and more with the New York Times’ Kara Swisher. Plus, Kylie writes her own COVID vaccine PSA song.

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The Breakfast Club (Follow Your Dream)

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

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don’t give up.

Rachel Corrie

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Modern Marvels: How the First Computer Changed the World

From colossal devices designed to save the world to mind-expanding, world-shrinking machines, we trace the evolution of mice and menus.

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The Breakfast Club (Dare To Think)

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

American Civil War effectively ends; Iraq celebrates collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime;NASA announces first seven astronauts dubbed the Mercury Seven; Marian Anderson performs at the Lincoln Memorial; Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

We must dare to think ‘unthinkable’ thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world.

J. William Fulbright

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Late Night Today

Late Night Today is for our readers who can’t stay awake to watch the shows. Everyone deserves a good laugh.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Doral Miami Has Some Interesting Speakers Coming Up

You’re really going to want to stick around for that last one.

Gaetz-Gaete: MAGA Die-Hards Stand Behind Creepy Florida Congressman

In the latest edition of nobody’s favorite recurring segment, Stephen has an update on embattled Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, and the conservative women’s group that is backing him amid troubling allegations of sex crimes.

New Reality Show Combines “The Real World” With “Space Camp”

The new series “Space Hero” aims to put a new spin on the reality competition show format, with contestants living together and vying for a spot on a rocket to the International Space Station.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

McConnell Wants Corporations Out of Politics Unless He Benefits

Mitch McConnell warns corporations to stay out of politics with one caveat, the U.S. and Iran talk through European diplomats, and Siri’s voice will no longer default to a female-sounding voice.

NFTs – If You Don’t Know, Now You Know

NFTs, or nonfungible tokens, are a new craze breaking out in the world of cryptocurrency, but what are you actually buying?

The Daily Show’s Bracket of Bulls**t: Pandemic Edition WINNER

What was the most annoying thing that happened during the pandemic? Michael Kosta and Roy Wood Jr. reveal the winner of The Daily Show’s Bracket of Bulls**t: Pandemic Edition!

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Totally Innocent Matt Gaetz Sought Preemptive Pardon from Trump

Five states in the U.S. account for nearly half of the new COVID-19 infections, health officials have seen a rise in what they call “vaccine hesitancy” due to people feeling sick after their second shot, Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas is teaming up with Honeywell to offer what they call “The Super Mask” for a lot of money, Peter Frampton liked our “Mask Shirt” idea, Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz reportedly asked Trump for a pardon about four months ago which was denied by the White House, Don Jr. was on the Victory Channel last night to celebrate the three month anniversary of his father causing a riot, Rudy’s son Andrew Giuliani says he is considering a run for Governor of New York, a film is in the works about the Easter treat Peeps, and since WrestleMania is coming up this weekend, we invited The Miz to go undercover and give some of our staffers performance reviews.

The Late Late Show with James Corden

Speaker Trump Can’t Be a Thing, Can It?

James Corden is ready to get things rolling until Reggie Watts takes a moment to decide when it’s right to open his can of water. After, James dives into the headlines including republicans strategizing a way to install Donald Trump as Speaker of the House. And a headline about baby talk sparks a discussion about Late Late Show employees’ pet names with their significant others.

Pondering the Pundits

Pondering the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news media and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

Thanks to ek hornbeck, click on the link and you can access all the past “Pondering the Pundits”.

Follow us on Twitter @StarsHollowGzt

Charles M. Blow: ‘Awful but Lawful’

Our legal system allows for extrajudicial killings by the police without real consequence.

Along with many others, I have long argued that the reason so few police officers are ever charged in their killings of unarmed Black people (and few of those charged are ever convicted) is that our legal system has effectively rendered those killings legal. This is the case regardless of how horrendous the killings are or how much evidence, including video, makes clear what took place.

The defense in the trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd raised this very concept Wednesday when questioning Sgt. Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department use-of-force expert who was a witness for the prosecution.

Eric Nelson, an attorney for Chauvin, asked if Sergeant Stiger had ever had anything to do with a training called “awful but lawful, or lawful but awful.” He said that he had. Nelson continued his questioning: “The general concept is that sometimes the use of force, it looks really bad, right, and sometimes it may be so, it may be caught on video, right, and it looks bad, right?”

Sergeant Stiger responds, “yes.”

Nelson then says, “But, it is still lawful.”

The officer concludes, “Yes, based on that department’s policies or based on that state’s law.”

This concept seems, on its face, morally depraved: The bar for actions, and in this case use of lethal force, isn’t propriety or decency, but the likelihood of legal exposure and jeopardy.

But the very existence of “awful but lawful” training reminds us that this concept isn’t new.

Paul Waldman: We’re all Joe Manchin’s prisoners

If you want to know what will happen, figure out what the West Virginia senator wants.

Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) is happy to drive you crazy. And he’s going to make sure that at least through 2022 and perhaps beyond, he’ll be the one to decide not only the substance of what legislation gets passed, but the procedures by which the Senate runs.

So what does he want?

It’s not always clear; Manchin can be cagey, sometimes almost self-contradictory. He has signaled that he might be open to some reform of the filibuster. But now Manchin has written an op-ed for The Post declaring: “There is no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster.”

Instead, Manchin says, “The time has come to end these political games, and to usher a new era of bipartisanship where we find common ground on the major policy debates facing our nation.”

Which is kind of like me saying, “The time has come to make me the starting point guard for the Washington Wizards, where I’ll average 35 points and 15 assists per game.” I might like that to happen, but there are some pretty good reasons it won’t. [..]

There are a couple of ways to look at what Manchin says about the filibuster. One is that he can’t grasp what’s right in front of his face, and he’s so absurdly nostalgic for a long-gone era of comity and cooperation that he has blinded himself to the reality of modern partisan politics and the past 20 years of history.

Amanda Marcotte: Republicans are waging war against US children: Anti-trans bills part of longstanding GOP campaign

The attack on trans kids is the latest front in the multi-decade Republican war on children

Republicans, having lost their decade-long fight to prevent same-sex couples from getting married, are now targeting an even more vulnerable population for the next round of culture war hysterics: Trans children.

The GOP is clearly convinced that the way to win the 2022 elections is by stirring people up with lurid, false tales of predatory trans people. They’ve recently passed a slew of state-level bills attacking trans rights, especially in public schools. The victims are some of the people least able to protect themselves: Minor children, many who are already struggling with difficulties stemming from being trans, queer, or otherwise gender nonconforming — a category so broad that it could capture most kids, depending on the interpretation. [..]

The primary targets of this onslaught of legislation are trans kids, of course, who are in serious danger of being denied medical care and being bullied by institutions in ways that can be severely detrimental to their mental health. Trans kids are at alarmingly high risk for suicide, but medical treatment and accepting environments can do a lot to save their lives. By trying to deny kids these things, Republicans are sending a strong message that they would rather these kids die than live as their true selves.

The broad language in the North Carolina bill also points to a secondary purpose behind these bills: It’s part of the long-standing GOP war on children’s rights.

Robert Reich: Don’t Be Fooled, Corporate America Is Crushing the Working Class

Today’s largest employers are Amazon and Walmart, each paying far less per hour and routinely exploiting their workers, who have little recourse.

The most dramatic change in the system over the last half-century has been the emergence of corporate giants like Amazon and the shrinkage of labor unions.

The resulting power imbalance has spawned near-record inequalities of income and wealth, corruption of democracy by big money, and the abandonment of the working class.

Fifty years ago, General Motors was the largest employer in America. The typical GM worker earned $35 an hour in today’s dollars and had a major say over working conditions.

Today’s largest employers are Amazon and Walmart, each paying far less per hour and routinely exploiting their workers, who have little recourse.

The typical GM worker wasn’t “worth” so much more than today’s Amazon or Walmart worker and didn’t have more valuable insights about working conditions.

The difference is those GM workers had a strong union. They were backed by the collective bargaining power of more than a third of the entire American workforce.

Today, most workers are on their own. Only 6.4% of America’s private-sector workers are unionized, providing little collective pressure on Amazon, Walmart, or other major employers to treat their workers any better.

Fifty years ago, the labor movement had enough political clout to ensure labor laws were enforced and that the government pushed giant firms like GM to sustain the middle class.

Today, organized labor’s political clout is minuscule by comparison.

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Johannes Gutenberg‘s work on the printing press began in approximately 1436 when he partnered with Andreas Dritzehn—a man who had previously instructed in gem-cutting—and Andreas Heilmann, owner of a paper mill.[38] However, it was not until a 1439 lawsuit against Gutenberg that an official record existed; witnesses’ testimony discussed Gutenberg’s types, an inventory of metals (including lead), and his type molds.

Having previously worked as a professional goldsmith, Gutenberg made skillful use of the knowledge of metals he had learned as a craftsman. He was the first to make type from an alloy of lead, tin, and antimony, which was critical for producing durable type that produced high-quality printed books and proved to be much better suited for printing than all other known materials. To create these lead types, Gutenberg used what is considered one of his most ingenious inventions, a special matrix enabling the quick and precise molding of new type blocks from a uniform template. His type case is estimated to have contained around 290 separate letter boxes, most of which were required for special characters, ligatures, punctuation marks, and so forth.

Gutenberg is also credited with the introduction of an oil-based ink which was more durable than the previously used water-based inks. As printing material he used both paper and vellum (high-quality parchment). In the Gutenberg Bible, Gutenberg made a trial of colour printing for a few of the page headings, present only in some copies. A later work, the Mainz Psalter of 1453, presumably designed by Gutenberg but published under the imprint of his successors Johann Fust and Peter Schöffer, had elaborate red and blue printed initials.

Stephen Fry: The History Of The First Printing Press | The Machine That Made Us |

 

Stephen Fry takes a look inside the story of Johann Gutenberg, inventor of the world’s first printing press in the 15th century, and an exploration of how and why the machine was invented.

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The Breakfast Club (Island in The Sun)

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

Funeral of Pope John Paul II; Pablo Picasso dies at 91; Teen aids patient Ryan White dies at 18; Hank Aaron hits 715th home run; Kurt Cobain found dead in home from self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.

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