Year 4, Week 6 (February 23-29)

This week seems to have been mostly about coronavirus and primary election process, prompting Saturday Night Live to create one mashup cold open with them both. (The real-life results of the week are significantly less hilarious, but nonetheless here we are.)

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 case dismissal!–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:

Much of the Attorney General Overreach this week involves Trump again, implying that maybe this corner needs a new name.  But nonetheless, here’s what I have for you this week:    

We also saw a bit of Disregard of Governing Norms, though less than might be expected given the larger news cycle.  Here’s what has happened so far:

  • Trump Sues the New York Times. Trump’s reelection campaign filed a lawsuit against the New York Times for libel this week, seeking millions in damages and claiming the Times has “extreme bias against and animosity toward the campaign.” This appears to be a SLAPP suit brought by the White House in real time, especially given Trump’s ominous comments to White House press corps that “They did a bad thing and there’ll be more coming.” This is unprecedented and horrifying, and is yet another step towards authoritarianism.

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 doggo rocking out in a cardboard box 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 better bedtime!

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