Year 4, Week 11 (March 29–April 4)


This week, we graduated from ever-present coronavirus news to coronavirus news and administration corruption news. Essentially, we’re moving away from the incompetence part of the program, and Act II will be quid-pro-quo and personal enrichment issues.  (I don’t know about you, but I’m not enjoying this show at all.  Who do I speak with for a refund?)

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 an aircraft carrier!–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 week we have a throwback episode of Whistleblowing Ukraine Biden Bingo, y’know, just in case you didn’t have enough to worry about.  Here are the details:   


We’re also starting to see Disregard of Governing Norms manifest as obvious quid-pro-quo and other forms of corruption rather than simple incompetence and denial.  Here’s what I have for you:


Your “Normal” Weird:


The Bad:


The Good:

  • Recent Ocean Resilience.We got some unexpected good news this week in the form of marine biology–scientists are now saying that we have the knowledge to restore ocean life by 2050. Needless to say, this optimism still hinges on finding a solution to climate change, because conditions would continue to threaten life without a solution for the cascade of changes it creates. But the fact that it’s even possible is new, and definitely welcome information!

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry, there are no news refunds. For making it through, you deserve penguin weigh-ins with sound on 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 pictures of your pets!

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