Dec 28

The Breakfast Club (Four Calling Birds)

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.

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This Day in History

President Woodrow Wilson is born; John C. Calhoun becomes the first vice president of the United States to resign; Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s “Gulag Archipelago” is published; Actor Denzel Washington and comic book creator Stan Lee are born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

There is a barbarism in the American soul, and we must protect some of it by law. To root it out is to endanger our lives on the one hand, and our liberty on the other.

Charlie Pierce

Breakfast News

Kentucky state workers sue investment firms over pension shortfall

Erie, Pennsylvania pummeled by record 5 feet of snow

Brrr! After record snow, bitter cold ahead for northern US

Ex-lawyer for ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli convicted of aiding fraud scheme

Jailed hacker claims Kremlin intelligence official wanted by FBI ordered the cyber attack on DNC

‘Something did survive’ California wildfires: Goldfish

Putin critic Navalny calls election boycott rallies

Chechen leader banned from Facebook as part of US sanctions

South Korea’s Moon says 2015 ‘comfort women’ agreement flawed, urges follow-up measures

Syrian Kurds say Russia has promised they can attend Sochi talks

Reuters journalists in Myanmar appear in court, remanded for another 14 days

Chinese Human Rights Activist Wu Gan Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison

Man’s ‘Christmas Vacation’ Homage Has Neighbors Calling 911

Breakfast Blogs

Trumpian Philosophy: Any Regulation Is Bad, Even If It Protects Sick Old People Charles Pierce, Esquire Politics

The Narrow Scope of the Flynn Denials emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Post-Christmas Trump Thoughts Echidne, at her blog

Don’t falter Democrats. This could be the last chance. digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

Starving the beast cuts both ways Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

There Will Be No Republican Pivot Against Trump (While He’s In Office) Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

A year in Trumpland Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Jon Swift Roundup 2017 Batocchio, Vagabond Scholar

Profane and Rambunctious Yastreblyansky, No More Mister Nice Blog

Diego Gomez Is Safe, But His Legal Battle Demonstrates How Copyright Policy Creates Dangers To Research Elliot Harmon, Techdirt