The Breakfast Club (Better Instructions)

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.

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This Day in History

A Cold War prisoner exchange; boxer Mike Tyson convicted of rape; Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ opens on Broadway; Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are a Changin” released.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth – an instruction book didn’t come with it.

R. Buckminster Fuller

Breakfast News

Trump won’t declassify Democratic memo on Russia probe

US stocks swing back to gains, Dow up 330 on turbulent day

A budget the likes of which the Pentagon has never seen

Michigan State plans to fire official over Nassar scandal

Winter storm pounding Midwest blamed for 2 deaths

Citing fraud, LL Bean imposes limits on its return policy

With extraordinary political theater, Winter Olympics begin

Appeals by 45 Russian athletes against Olympic bans rejected

Rio Carnival evolves into low-cost street party extravaganza

Snowy Paris gets raves from tourists even with Eiffel closed

Museum: Painting is a genuine Jan Steen artwork, not a copy

Farthest photos ever taken, from nearly 4 billion miles away

Breakfast Blogs

Remember When Mishandling Classified Info Was the Worst Thing Possible in 2016? Charles Pierce, Esquire Politics

George Papadopoulos’ Social Media Call Records Were Not Subpoenaed Until After His Interviews emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Rob Porter’s History of Domestic Abuse Wasn’t a Secret. It’s Just That No One Cared. Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

Fun Black History: When Nichelle Nichols Met Martin Luther King Jr. Spocko, Hullabaloo

Cops working with White Supremacists against their common enemy digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

Into whose pockets? Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 203 Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Could a Shutdown Have Helped DREAMers? Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

I Awoke in a World… driftglass, at his blog


ICE Wants To Be Yet Another Federal Agency With Access To Unminimized Surveillance Tim Cushing, Techdirt