Year 4, Week 3 (February 2-8)


This week, ho boy–we saw the end of impeachment, a mess in Iowa, and a whole bunch of other stressful, inconclusive stories. Somehow the week doesn’t feel as dire as some of the weeks immediately preceding it despite all of this, but that might just be the exhaustion talking.

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 primary!–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:

As the paragraph above suggests, it’s only a few days after the impeachment vote and we’re already seeing a smorgasbord of Disregard of Governing Norms.  Here’s what has been happening:  


As the paragraph above suggests, it’s only a few days after the impeachment vote and we’re already seeing a smorgasbord of Disregard of Governing Norms.  Here’s what has been happening:  

  • Emoluments Nightmare State.We saw some emoluments news this week too, and none of it was good. The Washington Post ran a story about the exorbitant rates the secret service is charged every time he travels to Mar-A-Lago and other Trump properties, which is pretty much literally just pouring taxpayer money into the Trump empire. They likely ran this story in response to an appeals court decision this week to reject the emoluments case brought by Congressional Democrats on the theory that they lack standing. This decision, and I cannot stress this enough, does not touch the merits of the case; it was made on a procedural technicality and is not a comment on whether Trump is violating the Emoluments clause of the Constitution (which, in my opinion, he super is).

Your “Normal” Weird:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry, there are no news refunds. For making it through, you deserve this Beluga whale returning a lady’s iPhone 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 more impeachment articles!

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