The Breakfast Club (A Writer’s Soul)

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

Iran-held hostages released, Charles Manson and followers convicted, Jackson settles molestation claims, Alicia Keys is born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.

Virginia Woolf

Breakfast News

US News

VIRUS TODAY: More hospital ICUs edge nearer a breaking point

2 in 5 Americans live where COVID-19 strains hospital ICUs

Biden to reinstate COVID travel rules, add South Africa

Chicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying district

Ex-CIA engineer tells judge he’s incarcerated like an animal

Grizzly, 34, confirmed as Yellowstone region’s known oldest

US Politics

White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

Citizenship data is latest rollback of Trump census efforts

AP source: Biden to drop Trump’s military transgender ban

New leaders named at US-funded international broadcasters

New Georgia senators carry John Lewis’ influence with them

International News

Asia Today: Australia OKs Pfizer vaccine, to begin in Feb.

UK vaccination drive expands as virus toll nears 100,000

Turkey passes 25,000 COVID-19-related deaths

Israel targets flights, religious scofflaws, as virus rages

Year after lockdown, Wuhan dissident more isolated than ever

Mexico’s president says he’s tested positive for COVID-19

Thousands take to streets protesting Brazil’s Bolsonaro

Dutch police clash with anti-lockdown protesters in 2 cities

Center-right incumbent wins Portugal’s presidential election

Argentina’s abortion law enters force under watchful eyes

Estonia to get first female PM as government deal clinched

Scotland’s leader vows to push for second independence vote

Trapped for 2 weeks, 11 workers rescued from China gold mine


Old (Brady), young (Mahomes), different Super Bowl 55 awaits

Wizards return to court, Grizzlies see 6th game postponed

Anunoby’s hot hand helps short-handed Raptors beat Pacers

Heat to use COVID-19-sniffing dogs to screen fans at games

With COVID-19 variant positives, Michigan pauses athletics

No. 1 Louisville stays unbeaten, beats Wake Forest 65-63

Boston finishes strong, No. 4 South Carolina tops LSU 69-65

AP sources: USA Basketball eyeing 60 players in Olympic pool

Breakfast Blogs

Trump Really Meant to Become the American Erdogan. That’s Clearer By the Day. Charles P. Pierce. Esquire Politics

Productive Ways to Hold Trump Accountable emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

“You talkin’ to me?” digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

A team of our own Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

No Freedom for ‘Zip Tie Guy’: Judge Blocks Release of Eric Gavelek Munchel Alberto Luperon, Law & Crime

he pathetic “I was just representing constituents” defense Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Death to the Iowa Caucus Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Sunday Morning Comin’ Down driftglass, at his blog

For the Record: Why I Hate The New York Times Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names