National News Roundup: Year 3, Week 19 (May 26 — June 1)


Y’all, this week is so bad that I’m eating ice cream out of the carton with a soup spoon as I type this, and I’m not even sorry. (Then right after I typed that, I dropped the soup spoon. And the dog went after it. It’s that kind of week.)

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 tariff! — 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 Corner

Somehow, we still have Russia Investigation news, though none of it is especially optimistic. Here’s what I have for you:

We also continue to see Disregard of Governing Norms each week, but this week, not all of them came from Trump. Here’s what happened:

Your “Normal” Weird:

The Bad:

The Good:

  • Recent State Resilience. The silver alloy lining of the heartbeat bill news above is that several states have taken action to protect reproductive rights in response. In the last couple of weeks, Illinois, Nevada, and Vermont have all passed laws protecting reproductive healthcare, and it’s a relief to see states taking legislation in the opposite direction.

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry, there are no refunds. For making it through, you deserve this story about history found in a kitchen drawer and this video of otters playing with Labrador retrievers. And also an eventual better government. I’ll be back next week with more (and hopefully less terrible) 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 more hours of sleep!

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