The Breakfast Club (Land Down Under)

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.

This Day in History

U.S. air and naval forces ordered into the Korean War; John Dean testifies about the Nixon White House’s ‘enemies list’; Stonewall riots spark the modern gay rights movement; Actor Jack Lemmon dies.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.

Edmund Burke

Breakfast News

The news sucks. Trump is still in the White House. And Now This.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reviews the details of a New York Times report that U.S. intelligence told Donald Trump in March that Russia was paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill coalition troops, including U.S. troops. Trump has yet to respond and instead has advocated for Russia’s return to the G8.

American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there, according to officials briefed on the matter.

The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts and other covert operations in Europe intended to destabilize the West or take revenge on turncoats, had covertly offered rewards for successful attacks last year. [..]

The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March, the officials said. Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the officials said.

Breakfast Blogs

You Can See Mike Pence Reach the Absolute Frontier Limits of His Intellect in This Exchange Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Billy Barr’s OLC Declinations emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Jim Jordan, Killer Clown Rayne, emptywheel

Trump and the GOP have trouble in the Sunbelt digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

What else might they do? Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Ninth Circuit Hands Trump Admin a Big Loss: the Transfer of Military Funds to Build the Wall Was ‘Unlawful’ Matt Natham , Law & Crime

Lawsuit: Trump Admin Is Abusing Prepublication Review Process to Suppress Damaging Information Jerry Lambe, Law & Crime

This is Starting to Feel a Bit Like an Actual Cold War Dan Nexon, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Now he worships at an altar of a stagnant pool and when he sees his reflection, he’s fulfilled Scot Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money