The Breakfast Club (Chestnuts)

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

George Washington dies at age 67; Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his group reach South Pole; Leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia sign an internationally-brokered peace treaty; Baseball’s Roger Maris dies at age 51.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

When people conclude that all is futile, then the absurd becomes the norm.
Stanley Crouch

Breakfast News

US News

One year of vaccines: Many lives saved, many needlessly lost

Air Force discharges 27 for refusal to get COVID vaccine

Philadelphia to require vaccine proof for indoor dining

Justices won’t block vaccine mandate for NY health workers

Oregon confirms first 3 cases of omicron variant

Purdue Fort Wayne extends indoor mask rule until Jan. 31

Thousands without heat, water after tornadoes kill dozens

Big California storm dumps snow, drenches parched regions

Banned decades ago, PCBs still posing threat to wildlife

Vehicle emission declines decreased deaths, study finds

Hard Rock International buying The Mirage operation in Vegas

US Politics

Jan. 6 panel votes for contempt charges against Mark Meadows

Manchin hits Dems’ $2T bill as too costly, talks to Biden

AP seeks answers from US gov’t on tracking of journalists

Oregon lawmakers return to Capitol for special session

Dunleavy proposing grant for Alaska tourism efforts

International News

Booster blitz: UK races to get ahead of surging omicron

Canadian city Kingston limits gatherings to 5 over variant

New Australian plant could make 100 million vaccines a year

Finland: Architect’s ephemeral lake art a winter tradition


Injury-hit UConn down to No. 7, lowest Top 25 spot since ’07

Baylor becomes fourth No. 1 in last 4 weeks in AP Top 25

Stafford, Rams beat Cardinals through air in 30-23 victory

Curry falls short of record, but leads Warriors past Pacers

Raptors use 70-point first half to rout Kings 124-101

Tatum scores 42, carries Celtics past Bucks 117-103

Brooks, Jackson lead Grizzlies in 126-91 blowout of 76ers

Gordon, Augustin rally Rockets to 132-126 win over Hawks

Porzingis leads Luka-less Mavs to 120-96 rout of Hornets

Hayden becomes 1st Black woman to win national diving title

Breakfast Blogs

Denying Affordable Insulin to Millions of Americans Isn’t ‘Politics.’ It’s Sadism. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Mark Meadows Promised the Kind of National Guard Protection that Proud Boy Charles Donohoe Seemed to Expect emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

A Couple of Things To Keep In Mind as Mark Meadows Just Desserts Are Being Considered and, Perhaps, Prepared For Him Adam L. Siverman, Balloon Juice

The PowerPoint Coup digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Digby’s Hullabaloo

They were never going to cooperate Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hulllabaloo

Court Tells Cops Who Got A Man Wrongly Imprisoned For 25 Years That Of Course Framing People For Crimes Is A Rights Violation Tim Cushing, Techdirt

DOJ Tells Courts They Don’t Need To Explore The Constitutionality Of Section 230 To Toss Donald Trump’s Dumb Lawsuits Out Mike Masnick, Techdirt

Federal Judge Rejects Key Arguments Against Jan. 6 Obstruction Charges: Counting of Electoral College Votes Was ‘Official Proceeding’ Marisa Sarnoff, Law & Crime

Neil Gorsuch’s monument to bad faith Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

COVID and healthism Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Disturbing The Network Cheryl Rofer, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Progressives Are Not Why Democrats Are Struggling Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Squirreled Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

RELAX, THE PROBLEM IS JUST ONE GUY! Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Lindsey Graham Stinks Up Chris Wallace’s Final ‘Fox News Sunday’​ Michael Mora, Wonkette

Trump Econ Loon Peter Navarro Playacts As Lawyer To Defy House Coronavirus Committee Liz Dye, Wonkette

Here’s How Democracy Is Breaking Down Right In Front Of Your Inflation-Weary Eyes Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Is Amazon’s Edwardsville Plant The New Triangle Shirtwaist Factory? Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette