The Breakfast Club (Free To Choose)

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

the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy; a searing image from the Vietnam War; Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran, ending years of exile; actor Clark Gable born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.

Langston Hughes

Breakfast News

Long johns to short sleeves: Rapid thaw follows polar blast

Conservatives head to Texas to try to build their own wall

Federal court again blocks San Francisco warning on soda ads

Ex-NYPD official gets 18 months prison in gun license scam

West Virginia panel OKs education bill jeered by teachers

3 men granted French citizenship for thwarting train attack

Venezuela opposition leader to police: Leave my family alone

European nations create workaround to US Iran sanctions

Lebanon factions form government, ending nine-month deadlock

Thousands of Belgian teens skip school for 4th climate march

Migrants disembark in Sicily as latest EU standoff ends

January was officially Australia’s hottest month on record

Breakfast Blogs

This Meathead Had a Very Trumpian Week Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Terabytes of Rat-Fucker Data Trail emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Schultz’s little white slip slips digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

Something more to make you shiver Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

Trump’s Moves Against the Intelligence Community Are Hurting U.S. National Security John Sipher and Benjamin Haas, Just Security

Why Intelligence Leadership Won’t Resign in Response to Trump’s Criticisms David Priess, Lawfare

Kill Yr Filibuster Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

How American Corporations Exploit the Global Poor Through Outsourcing and Subcontracting Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money