Year 4, Week 14 (April 19-25)


This week, I spent considerable time wracking my brain to come up with a better summary than “This week sucked.” But you know what? The news this week sucked. Sometimes you just gotta call it like you see it. (Here’s hoping next week is better.)

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 sea turtle!–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 Corner:

True to form, this week all of the Disregard of Governing Norms stories have a particular flavor, as leaders on state and national levels just refuse to listen to experts.  It’s a form of willful disregard that would be impressive if it weren’t so terrifying. Here’s what I have for you:    

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 these adorapathetic sad wolves and these Studio Ghibli Zoom backgroundsand 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 Time-Turner; I swear I’ll use it responsibly!

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