The Breakfast Club ( Costliest Folly)

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

Josef Stalin consolidates power in USSR; World War II’s naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins; Women’s rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Actress-turned-royalty Grace Kelly and singer Neil Young born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.

H. L. Mencken

Breakfast News

Texas tops 1 million cases as COVID-19 surge engulfs the US

Fever, symptom screening misses many coronavirus cases

Why experts say we need to stop talking about herd immunity

NY governor limits gatherings at private homes to 10 people, shares more restrictions after Covid-19 rise

Future of business travel unclear as virus upends work life

Eta remains a tropical storm as Florida prepares for 2nd hit

That ‘murder hornet’ nest scientists found and destroyed had nearly 200 queens. They say they got there ‘just in the nick of time’

Aid group helping French nursing homes as virus deaths jump

Travelers to Spain must provide negative COVID-19 test

Peru ouster throws nation’s anti-corruption drive into doubt

UN agency: Iran uranium stockpile still violates atomic deal

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers to resign en masse

Typhoon-ravaged northeast Philippines pummeled by new storm

Breakfast Blogs

Georgia Will Hold a Recount to Placate the Obstreperous Toddler in the White House Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Palace Intrigue: Trump Prepares His Consolation Prize for Vladimir Putin emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

This is about more than ego-stroking digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Same as it ever was Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Why Trump Should Not Have Access to U.S. Intelligence After January 20 Douglas H. Wise, Just Security

Lawyers Forecast the Road Ahead as Trump and His Allies Sow Electoral Chaos and Confusion Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

Detroit Lawyer Tells Judge That Pro-Trump Efforts to Void Election Are Like Unfunny Version of ‘Groundhog Day’ Adam Klasfeld, Law & Crime

How Hard Is It to Overturn an American Election? Benjamin Wittes, Lawfare

The man is clear in his mind, but his soul is mad Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

I’d be a fool to do your dirty work Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Khrushchev Project driftglass, at his blog

For the Record: Song of Ben Shapiro Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names


Supreme Court Takes Third Whack At Obamacare, Because F*ck It, Why Not Jamie Lynn Crofts, Wonkette

Doing Coups? Destroying Evidence? WTF Is Trump’s Boy Band Of Idiots Up To? Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Trump’s Dibs On Pennsylvania Dropkicked, Again, By Demon MATH Liz Dye, Wonkette

How Much Will ​President Cry Baby F**k Up Joe Biden’s Inauguration? Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Look, Shiny Normal Thing! Joe Biden Planning ‘Government Stuff’ For Climate! Doktor Zoom, Wonkette