The Breakfast Club (Fences)

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

Germany’s Reichstag burns, giving the Nazis under Adolf Hitler a pretext to seize absolute power; A cease-fire ends the Persian Gulf War; Actress Elizabeth Taylor born; Children’s TV host Fred Rogers dies.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

We deal here with the right of all of our children, whatever their race, to an equal start in life and to an equal opportunity to reach their full potential as citizens. Those children who have been denied that right in the past deserve better than to see fences thrown up to deny them that right in the future.

Thurgood Marshall

Breakfast News

Chicago will elect a black woman as its mayor for first time

Decorated transgender troops to testify before Congress

US keeps air pollution standard established under Obama

United Methodist delegates reject recognizing gay marriage

Fiat Chrysler: $4.5B plan would add 6,500 Detroit-area jobs

Georgia House approves new electronic voting machines

Using 1 germ to fight another when today’s antibiotics fail

Passengers band together on train stuck in Oregon mountains

Utah closer to raising alcohol limit in line with most of US

Beetle scourge forces ash loggers to race against time

Experts report spike in harp seal strandings on East Coast

Flood threat prompts Northern California evacuations

Nigeria’s president is re-elected after delayed, bumpy vote

Brexit: Parliament to decide between no deal and delay

Tensions escalate as Indian airstrike hits inside Pakistan

Drones launched to help preserve Europe’s Jewish cemeteries

US suffers setbacks in effort to ban Chinese tech company

Iran’s foreign minister hopes resignation empowers diplomats

Opioid crisis engulfs blockaded Gaza Strip

Breakfast Blogs

We Decided Long Ago That Government Has a Role in Promoting Public Health. Vaccines Are Part of That. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Did Mueller Ask Manafort Any Questions about His Early May 2016 Meeting with Kilimnik? emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Ageism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice? Echidne, at her blog

“Take a picture, Dan” digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

A spy by any other name Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

Mueller’s Findings: Why DOJ Non-Disclosure Policy and Grand Jury Secrecy May Not Apply Ryan Goodman and Andy Wright, Just Security

Conway v. Calabresi: D.C. Circuit Upholds the Constitutionality of Mueller’s Appointment Quinta Jurecic, Lawfare

Taking Preemptive Action Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Type of Labor Leader We Need Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and oMney

Our Neverending Abortion War Heats Up Again The Rude Pundit, at his blog