May 09

The Breakfast Club (Avoiding The Plague)

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 10:30am (ET) 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.

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This Day in History

The FDA approves the first birth control pill; FCC chief Newton Minow condemns TV programming; Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett fly over the North Pole; Journalist Mike Wallace and singer Billy Joel born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

A revolution is interesting insofar as it avoids like the plague the plague it promised to heal.

Daniel Berrigan

Breakfast News

Travel ban arguments focus on Trump’s comments about Muslims

California may end ban on communists in government jobs

Carter warns against US relaxing emphasis on human rights

Judge rejects immediate block of monument removal

Trump in-laws promote thorny visa-for-sale program in China

Syria rejects international forces in safe zones

UN climate talks begin amid uncertainty over US position

170-year-old rare flowers accidentally destroyed

Breakfast Blogs

Sally Yates Dismantled Ted Cruz, and Michael Flynn Seems Like a Hooked Fish Charles Pierce, Esquire Poltics

Josh Marshall, TPM EdBlog

Verizon Gets Out of the Upstream Surveillance Business emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

The New Republican Health Plan and Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Echidne, at her blog

How do you tell a “good hombre” from a “bad hombre”? digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

It’s Like Ron Fournier, From the Ostensible Left Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Who Mourns for a Dumbass?* driftglass, at his blog

IN VICTORY, TRUMP WAS A CONQUEROR TO THE NEW YORK TIMES, BUT MACRON JUST GOT LUCKY Steve M. No More Mister Nice Blog

DHS Boss Drums Up Fear Using The FBI’s Useless Terrorism Investigation Stats Tim Cushing, Techdirt