Year 4, Week 19 (May 24-30)

This week was a rough one on a lot of levels–so bad, in fact, that I considered changing the format for this week’s roundup.  In COVID news, we’ve made it to partially open, and now we may be here for a while–though everyone is anxious about a second wave, and we may end up moving backwards before we move forwards.  And in non-COVID news, we have a lot of disturbing official action and a very real reminder that we have a lot of work to do on the issue of police brutality. 

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 curfew–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:

Though our focus is mostly elsewhere right now, we did see a lot of Disregard of Governing Norms–and these things are definitely related, because this administration is using unrest to consolidate power.  Here are the main things to know:    

Your “Normal” Weird:

  • Other Election Oddities (Again).  Honestly, it feels weird to even be talking about these stories, because the earlier half of last week feels like a lifetime ago, but here we are.  Joe Biden was in the news for saying Black voters who consider voting for Trump “ain’t Black,” which he of course later had to apologize for saying.  Trump keeps threatening to pull the RNC from Charlotte because…reasons?  Ostensibly he says they might not be open, but there doesn’t seem to be much to support that claim, so I’m guessing he just likes Florida better.

The Bad:

The Good:

  • Recent Space Resilience. This week did see the first successful space shuttle launch in nearly a decade, as the private company SpaceX had their first launch and rendezvoused with the International Space Station on Sunday. As one Twitter user put it, “Congratulations to the Astronauts that left Earth today. Good choice.”

So that’s what I have for this week, and if things stay this bad we’re getting good news first next week. For making it through, you deserve this stunned koala and animals in swings 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 uninterrupted sleep!

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