National News Roundup: Year 2, Week 46 (December 2–8)

Well, this week sure happened! It was like three weeks crammed into a one-week bag (again), but at least there was some good mixed in among the bad. So, as is so often true these days, it could have been worse.

Standard standing reminders apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m only summarizing the news within my area of expertise. This week’s news contains some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise — I’m a lawyer, not a House committee! — but all offroad adventures are marked with an asterisk. Okay, I think that’s about it for the disclaimers. Onward to the news!

Constitutional Crisis Corners:

The Russia Investigation continued to be fast-paced and off-the-wall this week, though at least we had more time to get used to it. Here’s everything that happened, with the caveat that it remains confusing and mostly outside my specialty:

We also saw a few stories on the Disregard of Governing Norms front. Here are the main things to know from this past week:

Your “Normal” Weird:

The Bad:

The Good:

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry there’s no returning it to sender. For making it through, you deserve this video of a bobcat named Mr. Murderbritches enjoying his newfound freedom and an eventual better government. I’ll be back next week with more (and hopefully less) news, and I hope you will be back as well — but in the meantime, feel free to ping the National News Roundup ask box, which is there for your constructive comments. Send me questions! Send me feedback! Send me a timeturner so I have a hope of getting everything done!

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