National News Roundup: Year 3, Week 3 (February 3–9)

This week was an explosion of activity, especially on Friday (which figures, cause I always send stories to my most excellent volunteer researcher on Thursday evenings). There’s a lot to catch up on this time, and I’m happy to walk you through it all! Though I make no guarantees that you will enjoy it as much as SNL did — it is the news, after all.

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 sarcastic clap! — 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:

With a week until the continuing resolution that ended the shutdown expires, the big Will They Won’t They of Disregard of Governing Norms is whether we’ll actually manage to get another deal in place before Friday. As I type this on Sunday, I’m honestly not sure what is going to happen this week, because reports are still all over the place. Here’s what I have for you:

After a few weeks of quiet, it was pretty jarring to suddenly have an explosion of news on the Russia Investigation. Here are the things to know:

Your “Normal” Weird:

The Bad:

The Good:

So that’s what I have for this week, which definitely was more than enough! For making it through, you deserve this video of elephant orthopedics 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 tweets about calling your Senators!

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