The Breakfast Club (Dumb Down)

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

Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler commits suicide; End of the Vietnam War as Saigon falls; George Washington sworn in as America’s first president; The Louisiana Purchase; Country singer Willie Nelson born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

What is sauce for the goose may be sauce for the gander but is not necessarily sauce for the chicken, the duck, the turkey or the guinea hen.

Alice B. Toklas

Breakfast News

Surge in US measles cases leads to extraordinary measures

California governor aims to hike security grants

Air Force Academy removes commandant of cadets amid inquiry

Flint water scandal’s special prosecutor out after 3 years

Ethane storage seen as key to revitalization of Appalachia

Baby kangaroo dies after escaping truck at Arkansas event

Dog impaled on lamppost after fall expected to fully recover

New York police rescue ‘GOAT … and it’s not @TomBrady’

Far-right in Spain sweeps town with anti-migrant message

Key questions and answers about Japan emperor’s abdication

146 migrants land in Italy in UN-organized Libya evacuation

Airstrikes, roadblocks trap civilians in Libya’s TripoliBeluga whale with Russian harness raises alarm in Norway

Thousands protest replacement of Czech justice minister

Afghan leader holds council to set agenda for Taliban talks

Faltering Brexit talks limp on amid UK political impasse

Blaze breaks out in forest that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Breakfast Blogs

Rod Rosenstein’s Letter of Resignation Capped Off His Tenure Perfectly Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Paul Manafort Violated Campaign Policy in Risking a Meeting with Konstantin Kilimnik on August 2, 2016 emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

The Politics of the Green New Deal: Conventional Wisdom Ed Walker, emptywheel

Infrastructure kabuki digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

Running the government like a massive con game

Five Things I Learned From the Mueller Report Benjamin Wittes, The Atlantic

Guide to the Mueller Report’s Findings on “Collusion”, Ryan Goodman, Just Security

‘Cooperation’ and ‘Corrupt Intent’ in Barr’s Obstruction Analysis Scott R. Anderson, Lawfare

The Impeachment Temptation Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The White Minnesota Freak Out Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Dear New York Times driftglass, at his blog

For the Record: Planked Salman Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names