National News Roundup: Year 2, Week 47 (December 9–15)

With the comparative quiet on the border, I’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop for a couple of weeks now, and, well… a child-sized shoe definitely has. The border news is a sobering reminder that while things like the chief of staff circus may make Trump’s administration seem comically ineffectual, they are capable of a great deal of damage — and we need to track these things for a reason.

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 Russian spy! — 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 somehow picked up even more steam this week — if life were a television series, we would definitely be hurtling towards the season finale. Here’s everything that happened, in all its bizarre glory:

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 quite a week it was. For making it through, you deserve this video of Terry Crews emulating Bob Ross at Christmastime and an eventual better government. I’ll be back next week with more (and hopefully better) 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 Fifth Circuit repeal of the recent ACA decision!

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