Year 3, Week 40 (October 20-26)

After a long stretch of weird weeks, the phrase “the news was super weird” begins to lose meaning.  But nonetheless, the news was super weird yet again this week–in particular, the impeachment inquiry continues to turn our government into a kindergarten playground.  (And I didn’t even get a juice box. I feel so cheated.)

Standard standing reminders apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m mostly summarizing the news within my area of expertise. NNR summaries often contain some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise–I’m a lawyer, not a fake news!–but all offroad adventures are marked with an asterisk. And, of course, for the things that are within my lane, I’m offering context that shouldn’t be considered legal advice. Okay, I think that’s about it for the disclaimers.  Onward to the news!


Constitutional Crisis Corners:

This was another incredible week for Whistleblowing Ukraine Biden Bingo, which keeps escalating on all sides.  Here are the latest updates:   


As in previous weeks, Disregard of Governing Norms somehow continues on despite the impeachment circus also happening.  Here’s what I have for you:    


Your “Normal” Weird:


The Bad:


The Good:

  • Fake ‘Fake News’.  The Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is attempting to trademark the term ‘fake news’.  That’s going to be a tough application to get approved, but apparently success isn’t the point–as a member explains to Teen Vogue: “It’s uncertain that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will grant our request, but as long as this trademark’s pending, we’ll use this opportunity to send cease and desist letters to frequent abusers of the term.”  So basically, heads they troll Trump, tails people have to stop using the term to complain about valid reporting.  Frankly, there are worse legal strategies.

So that’s what I have for this week, and I think we can all agree that it’s more than enough. For making it through, you deserve this tiny possum in a snuggy 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 fewer accidental naps!

2 thoughts on “Year 3, Week 40 (October 20-26)”

    1. It certainly was a week! The impeachment investigations have changed the entire tenor of our news cycle–they sure make it stranger, but they also limit how many awful things pop up elsewhere, so I’m definitely not complaining. 🙂

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