The Breakfast Club (Face The Music)

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

Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy sign the ‘Pact of Steel’; Richard Nixon is the first U.S. president to visit the Soviet Union; Actor Laurence Olivier born; Johnny Carson hosts his last ‘Tonight Show.’

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.

Honore de Balzac

Breakfast News

US News

The Latest: COVID-19 variant identified in Louisiana

Kentucky reports 544 new COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

State health agency releases some COVID data after lawsuit

Analysis: Vaccinations jumped 33% after Vax-a-Million news

UNLV, UNR, TMCC drop mandatory masks for fully vaccinated

California to drop social distancing requirements in June

Mask guidance conflicts as lawmakers return to State House

DNR expands capacity for outdoor events at state parks

Alaska gains jobs but doesn’t reach pre-pandemic levels

Maine’s jobless rate was 5.3% in April

Justice delayed? In wealthy California town, officer kills 2

‘I’m scared’: AP obtains video of deadly arrest of Black man

US to ramp up tracking of domestic extremism on social media

Colleges pushed anew for reparations for slavery, racism

Bay Area mayor resigns amid new allegation of sexual assault

Minnesota AG’s office to prosecute case in Wright’s death

USDA to begin paying off loans of minority farmers in June

Judge: Dakota Access line can stay open pending Corps review

FBI employee accused of storing classified documents at home

Hacker who sold UPMC employee information pleads guilty

New York bill seeks to limit police use of deadly force

US Politics

Infrastructure deal slips, GOP pans $1.7T White House offer

South Korea’s Moon meets Biden, hails ‘America’s return’

New York AG has 2 lawyers working with DA on Trump probe

27 possible voter fraud cases in 3 million Wisconsin ballots

Kansas governor OKs extra funds for courts, higher education

International News

Germany lifts more restrictions, Merkel urges caution

The Latest: Blinken calls Abbas to discuss Israel-Gaza truce

Palestinians see victory in Gaza truce as Israel warns Hamas

US airlines resuming flights to Israel after cease-fire

‘Like hell:’ As Olympics loom, Japan health care in turmoil


Duke’s King embraces being role model as Black woman AD

Contract extension for UConn’s Auriemma worth $15M

14 MLB teams reach 85% vaccinated, relax COVID protocols

The NBA playoffs: Fans return, no bubble, many contenders

Leafs captain John Tavares leaves hospital; out indefinitely

Host Latvia beats Canada 2-0 in world hockey opener

All for the Gram: Rahal cars briefly idled after photo shoot

IOC VP: Tokyo Olympics go ahead even if state of emergency

The Latest: Koepka, Matsuyama, DeChambeau moving up at PGA

Breakfast Blogs

Israel and Hamas Are Engaged in a Blindfolded Gunfight Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Vicky and Rudy: The Subjects of Delay emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Well That Didn’t Take Long! Israeli Police Conduct a Raid at al Aqsa Mosque – AGAIN – On Prayer Day (AGAIN!) Adam L. Silverman, Balloon Juice

President Biden Restores Strategy To Politics Cheryl Rofer, Balloon Juice

What the hell went on at Barr’s DOJ? Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Death, taxes, and green campaign donations Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

California City Drops Lawsuit Against Journalists; Admits It Failed To Secure Files Supposedly Accessed Illegally Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Frontier Communications Sued Yet Again For Lying About Its Pathetic Broadband Speeds Karl Bode, Techdirt

Judge Orders Psychological Exam for ‘QAnon Shaman’ After His Attorney Referred to Jan. 6 Defendants as ‘Short-Bus People’ Jerry Lambe, Law & Crime

Prosecutors that Secured Derek Chauvin Murder Conviction Will Also Prosecute Case Against Ex-Cop Kim Potter in Daunte Wright’s Death Matt Naham, Law & Crime

Rudy Giuliani and Victoria Toensing Are Not ‘Above the Law’ Because of Their ‘Important Clients,’ Feds Say Adam Klasfeld, Law & Crime

Group Claims Marjorie Taylor Greene Violated Federal Election Law in ‘Stop Socialism’ Video Ad Elura Nanos, Law & Crime

Democracy is trampled to death by an elephant Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Young Activists We Need Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Joe Did What? Access Journalism Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

WEAR YOUR MASK — IT AIN’T ILLEGAL YET Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Conservatives Have Some Theories On The 35 Republicans Who Voted For The 1/6 Commission Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

Stupidest Man On Internet Says Fake Joe Biden Fake Drove Fake Truck Fake Fake Fake-ity Fake Fake Evan Hurst, Wonkette

California Democrat: Won’t Somebody Think Of Poor PG&E? No, Wait, She Means Poor PEOPLE. Rebecca Schoenkopf, Wonkette

Donald Trump Still Charging Secret Service Top Dollar At Florida Trash Palace Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

Billy Barr Has Found The Wire Tappers, And They Were Him Liz Dye, Wonkette