The Breakfast Club (The Right Direction)

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

Apollo Eight astronauts orbit the moon; Ku Klux Klan is founded; Human voice first transmitted via radio; Suez Canal opened.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Happy 80th Birthday, Dr. Fauci

You can’t rush the science, but when the science points you in the right direction, then you can start rushing.

Anthony Fauci

Breakfast News

US News

COVID in California: 2 million confirmed cases and counting

Nurses fear what’s to come: ‘Walk down our unit for a day’

Surging virus, plummeting temperatures challenge shelters

‘We are struggling’: A bleak Christmas for America’s jobless

Raise your mittens: Outdoor learning continues into winter

Epicurious is righting cultural wrongs one recipe at a time

2 months after hurricanes, Louisiana residents still hurting

Reparations after Fla. massacre a model, descendants say

Retailers brace for flood of returns from online shopping

Christmas in Florida: Chilly forecast, falling iguanas

US Politics

Republicans block $2,000 virus checks despite Trump demand

International News

The Latest: Turkey to receive 3M CoronaVac vaccine doses

Italy enters Christmas lockdown amid signs of resurgence

Mexico starts giving first shots of Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine

Africa CDC: New virus variant appears to emerge in Nigeria

Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere

Kenya: Doctors call off strike, nurses continue picketing

Worried Morocco bans parties to stem holiday virus spread

Breakthrough: UK and EU reach post-Brexit trade agreementBreakthrough: UK and EU reach post-Brexit trade agreement

In a northern town brutalized by IS, Iraq tests its power

20 migrants dead off Tunisia after boat sinks, more missing

Japanese spacecraft’s gifts: Asteroid chips like charcoal

Santa’s ‘grandchildren’ spread joy in Italian nursing homes

Christmas Eve concert held in Paris’ fire-wrecked Notre Dame


AP All-Big 12: Iowa State players and coach win top awards

Unusual world junior championship plunges ahead in Edmonton

The Latest: Offensive line woes for playoff-chasing Browns

Breakfast Blogs

The President*’s Rage and Lust for Vengeance Will Not Be Contained Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

On Bill Barr’s Last Day, Trump Commits the Crime Barr Affirmed in His Confirmation Hearing emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

“Sit tight. We’ll be taken care of” digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Christmas in the year of plague Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Virtually Every Trump Pardon is a Disgrace; Even the “Good Ones” are Marred by Arbitrariness Dan Nexon, Lawyers, Guns and Money

How to do it if it must be done Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Mmoney

Terminate with extreme bureaucratic prejudice Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Chronicles of Strategic Forgettery: Republican Detachment Disorder driftglass, at his blog

Today Donald Trump Became Anti-President Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

The Rude Pundit’s Annual Nativity-palooza, Including the Most 2020 Nativity The Rude Pundit, at his blog


Trump Warms Self Over Yule Log Of Republican Senator Bones Liz Dye, Wonkette

Shiny Normal Thing! Joe Biden Picks A Teacher For Education Secretary Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

Texas AG Ken Paxton Tried To Get Disaster Relief Money Taken Away From Own State Jamie Lynn Crofts, Wonkette

And Now Here’s Michael Cohen With Some Holiday Prophecies About His Former Crime Boss!