The Breakfast Club (Loyal Opposition)

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

The Chernobyl nuclear accident; John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln’s assassin, killed; Guernica bombed in the Spanish Civil War; Vermont enacts same-sex civil unions; TV star Lucille Ball dies.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.

Edward R. Murrow

Breakfast News

Quarantines at 2 LA universities amid US measles outbreak

Judges: Michigan must redraw congressional, legislative maps

Rear seats of cars need better safety equipment, study says

Many fire-prone California towns don’t plan for evacuations

Trump administration reevaluating offshore drilling plans

‘Devastation’ as tornado rips through Louisiana town

Giraffes a tentative step closer toward federal protections

Solar energy threatened in state known for eco-friendly fuelSpain election dominated by uncertainty, splintered right

Mexico’s crackdown forces migrants to more dangerous routes

At Kim-Putin summit, hearty handshakes and manspreading

Macron offers tax cut to French workers to quell anger

Party leader calls LGBT rights an imported threat to Poland

German Greens won’t back aspiring EU head who woos far right

New cyclone begins to make landfall in northern Mozambique

Artisan keeps his craft alive with each carved mahjong tile

Breakfast Blogs

Surely It’s a Coincidence That a Firm Tied to a Russian Oligarch Is Pouring Millions Into Kentucky Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

The Dispute over the Accusation Maria Butina Is a Spotter Distracts from Clear Case She Should Be Sent Home emptywheel aka Marcy Wheeler, emptywheel

Microsoft’s Damore Moment Echidne, at her blog

rump didn’t just abuse his power to protect himself digby aka Heather Digby Parton, Hullabaloo

Out among the Normals Tom Sullivan, Hullabaloo

What Congress Should Ask Bill Barr When He Testifies Joshua Geltzer, Ryan Goodman and Asha Rangappa, Just Security

As Trump Moves to Cut Off Iran’s Oil Revenues, What’s His Endgame? Suzanne Maloney, Lawfare

No quarter Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Judicial Wing of the Chamber of Commerce Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Matthew Dowd is a Fundamentally Ridiculous Person driftglass, at his blog

Inevitability Yastreblayasky, The Rectification of Names