The Breakfast Club (Obligation)

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

Nathan Hale hanged in the American Revolution; Iraq invades Iran; President Gerald Ford faces a second assassination attempt in weeks; ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ hits Broadway; Songwriter Irving Berlin dies.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

We’re born alone. We do need each other. It’s lonely to really effectively live your life, and anyone you can get help from or give help to; that’s part of your obligation.

Bill Murray

Breakfast News

US News

‘Soul-crushing’: US COVID-19 deaths are topping 1,900 a day

Biden bets on rapid COVID tests but they can be hard to find

Health officer ‘broken’ after threats tied to mask order

Report: Births decline in pandemic may have turned corner

US sues to stop deal between American Airlines and JetBlue

Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest unscathed by wildfire

Officials: Many Haitian migrants are being released in US

Comical, topical? Party bus saves day for school field trip

US Politics

Most states have cut back public health powers amid pandemic

House OKs debt and funding plan, inviting clash with GOP

Latinos vastly underrepresented in media, new report finds

Rikers Island should close, say 4 House Democrats from NY

White House faces bipartisan backlash on Haitian migrants

GLIMPSES: Britain’s Johnson rides rails to meet Amtrak Joe

International News

The Latest: Chinese city shuts down over new outbreak worry

ADB: Asia below pre-pandemic levels as variants slow rebound

Brazil health minister tests positive for the coronavirus

Mexico buses, flies Haitians from remote area on US border

China, US unveil separate big steps to fight climate change

UN: Afghanistan’s Taliban want to address General Assembly

The Latest: Argentina, Colombia warn of debt crisis

Toxic gas, new rivers of molten lava endanger Spanish island

In Nairobi slum, women train to fend off sexual assault

Manila mayor, ex-scavenger and actor, to seek presidency

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake causes slight damage in Australia

IT phoned home: Storytelling box foils kindergarten thief


Yankees power past Rangers 7-1 to keep pace in playoff race

Cards win 10th in row, beat Brewers to extend wild-card lead

Wild card leader Red Sox beat stumbling Mets 6-3, 6th in row

Pujols delivers single in 10th, Dodgers beat Rockies 5-4

Manoah helps Blue Jays top Rays 4-2, maintain wild-card spot

Josh Rogers allows 1 run to lead Nationals over Marlins 7-1

Realmuto’s 2-run triple in 10th leads Phillies past O’s 3-2

Afghanistan girls soccer team given asylum in Portugal

Breakfast Blogs

Something Went Sideways When the FBI Confiscated the Contents of Safe Deposit Boxes in an LA Bank Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

To Protect and Serve? digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Adults in the room Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

North Carolina Sued By Flying Dog Brewery Over Regulatory Body Refusing To Allow Sales Due To ‘Offensive’ Label Timothy Geigner, Techdirt

DOJ Now Investigating Florida Sheriff’s Office For Using A Federal Grant To Fund Its ‘Predictive Policing’ Harassment Programs Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Now Josh Hawley Is Threatening Google Over 1st Amendment Protected Expression Mike Masnick, Techdirt

Spygate was always a hoax Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Radio Rwanda: anti-vax edition Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Abolish the Border Patrol Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money


Border Patrol / Slave Patrol, Tomato / Other Tomato Jamie Lynn Crofts, Wonkette

MyPillow Guy Got A Thanksgiving Surprise For America, And It Is … NO, GUESS! Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Get Ready For Piles Of COVID-Related Medical Debt! Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

Oh Boy, Another Debt Ceiling Showdown! Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

‘Disbarred, Disgraced’ Former Lawyers Sue Texas Abortion Doctor To Be … Helpful? Anything’s Possible! Liz Dye, Wonkette

Texas Passes Another Critically Stupid Law Banning Kids From Learning That Racism Exists Stephen Robinson, Wonkette