The Breakfast Club (Brick By Brick)

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 FDA approves the first birth control pill; FCC chief Newton Minow condemns TV programming; Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett fly over the North Pole; Journalist Mike Wallace and singer Billy Joel born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Men say they love independence in a woman, but they don’t waste a second demolishing it brick by brick.

Candice Bergen

Breakfast News

Denver is 1st US city to decriminalize ‘magic mushrooms’

Insurance claims from deadly California wildfires top $12B

Oregon teachers walk out in red to press for school funding

A push grows for Oregon to drop nonunanimous jury verdicts

Beverly Hills poised to end most tobacco sales

New York Senate OKs giving US House Trump state tax return

Florida governor signs bill allowing more armed teachers

NYC closing Kushner loophole landlords use to dodge scrutiny

Houston streets fill up with water; man dead in Austin

California couple to pay nearly $600,000 for uprooting tree

Trump’s tariff hike menaces strong economy

Iran threatens more uranium enrichment if no new nuke deal

South Africa votes with corruption, jobs as big issues

China’s April exports fall ahead of US tariff talks

Police tow No. 2 leader of Venezuela congress to jail in car

Turkey’s opposition seeks cancellation of 2018 elections

City in Congo’s Ebola outbreak attacked by militia; 8 dead

Largest Finnish party keep populists out of coalition talks

As Sudan uprising grew, Arab states worked to shape its fate

Breakfast Blogs

Trump Intends to Drive the Constitutional Order Off a Cliff. Democrats Should Be Saying ‘Impeachment’ Loud and Proud. Charles P.Pierce, Esquire Politics

The Orange Injector and the Troubling Tariffs Rayne, emptgywheel

What can short circuit the delay tactic of Executive Privilege Claims? digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

The Crux of the Biscuit tristero, Hullabaloo

Your morning whataboutism Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

Q&A on House-Justice Dept Showdown Over Release of Unredacted Mueller Report and Contempt of Congress Andy Wright, Just Security

Should the House Impeach If the Senate Won’t Convict? Keith E. Whittington, Lawfare

Sam Harris: White supremacy is a fringe belief that we don’t have to worry about too much right now Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

There Is No Secret GOP Plan to Preserve Roe v. Wade Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Did Donald Trump’s Grip on the Justice Department Sabotage Robert Mueller’s Investigation? James Risen, The Intercept

Breaking: Joe Scarborough Was Secretly a Liberal Blogger All Along! driftglass, at his blog

Chick singers Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

Practical Impeachment Politics: Your Objections Are Bullshit The Rude Pundit, at his blog