The Breakfast Club (Branches Of Evil)

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

The United States drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan during World War II; LBJ signs the Voting Rights Act; Pope Paul VI dies; Scientist Alexander Fleming born; Funk singer Rick James dies.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

Henry David Thoreau

Breakfast News

US News

The Latest: NJ governor to announce student mask requirement

‘There are only so many beds’: COVID-19 surge hits hospitals

Doctor: Delta variant spread ‘like a tsunami’ in Mississippi

Navajo Nation: No COVID-19 related deaths for 5th day in row

Hawaii state, county workers face vaccine, testing rules

California to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for health workers

CNN fires three employees for coming to work unvaccinated

Lamont allows local leaders to mandate indoor mask-wearing

‘We lost Greenville’: Wildfire decimates California town

Florida officials sue over wastewater dumped into Tampa Bay

US automakers pledge huge increase in electric vehicles

3 erupting Alaska volcanoes spitting lava or ash clouds

Northwest heat wave targeted vulnerable, tested climate prep

Escape cub burned in wildfire spotted in tree near Tahoe

Biden signs bill awarding medals to Jan. 6 first responders

US Politics

DeSantis feuds with Biden White House as COVID cases rise

McConnell: Democrats ‘won’t get our help’ to lift debt limit

FTC official raps Facebook for booting political ads probe

Noem settles on roomy turboprop for new state airplane

International News

Tokyo logs record 5,042 cases as infections surge amid Games

Brazil forest fire season underway and raising concern

Brazil’s chief justice nixes peace talks with Bolsonaro

Haiti boosting security for judges amid assassination case

Hiroshima marks 76th anniversary of US atomic bombing


Native Hawaiians ‘reclaim’ surfing with Moore’s Olympic gold

‘We did it’: Crouser’s gold a tribute to his fallen grandpa

Spanish teenager Ginés Lopéz wins 1st Olympic climbing gold

Swiss win bronze on beach; US to play Aussies for gold

Gallo’s 1st homer in pinstripes gives Yanks 5-3 win over M’s

Alfaro’s hit lifts Marlins past Mets; Báez Ks 5 times

Bichette homers, Stripling pitches Jays past Indians 3-0

Realmuto, Hoskins help streaking Phils rally past Nats 7-6

Suárez, Votto homer to help Reds beat Pirates 7-4

Giants score 4 in 9th to tie, beat Diamondbacks 5-4 in 10

Still here: Story homers twice, Rockies beat Cubs 6-5

Analysis: NFL kicks off amid nation’s rising COVID-19 rates

Steelers use strong 2nd half to beat Cowboys 16-3

Bye, DC: Nadal bounced by 50th-ranked Harris in Washington

Breakfast Blogs

Tennessee and Arizona Are Leading the Way in Batsh*t Critical Race Theory Policies Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Reason ∞ Why I Hate Republicans, Dixie Fire edition Tom Levinson, Balloon Juice

A Reconciliation explainer digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

The sham party Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

The Science Says Everyone Needs a COVID-19 Booster Shot—and Soon Laurie Garrett, Foreign Policy

Man Who Sued Apple For Failing To Save Him From Porn Now Suing US Attorney General To Strike Down Section 230 Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Australian Court Ridiculously Says That AI Can Be An Inventor, Get Patents Mike Masnick, Techdirt

Sixth Circuit Upholds Tennessee Abortion Waiting Period: State Has ‘Strong Interest in Protecting the Life of the Unborn’ Aaron Keller, Law & Crime

The open and passive-aggressive styles in soft fascist politics Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Is modern medicine good? Views differ Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

American Sports Imperialism Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Notorious Former Vatican Lothario and Layabout Shares Rustic Opinions About Race. driftglass, at his blog

Bad News From the New York Office Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names


Republicans Loading ‘Bipartisan’ Infrastructure Bill With So Many Relevant Amendments In Such Good Faith! Doktor Zooom, Wonkette

Mitch McConnell Will Make Senate Great Again By … Bringing Back Kelly Loeffler? That Can’t Be Right. Liz Dye, Wonkette

Ron DeSantis Does Not Appreciate Joe Biden Telling Him To GET THE F*CK OUT OF THE WAY Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Tucker So Mad Everybody Calling His Dirty Fascist Hungarian BFF A Dirty Fascist Evan Hurst, Wonkette