Year 4, Week 20 (May 31–June 6)


Somehow, this week managed to be even worse than the last one, which is seriously saying something. I think one Twitter user put it pretty well: “I’m at the global pandemic. I’m at the civil unrest.  I’m at the combination global pandemic/civil unrest.”  (And I can’t even get a personal pan pizza, because this timeline is the worst.)

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 still using unrest to consolidate power.  Here are the main things to know:    


Your “Normal” Weird:


The Bad:


The Good:


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 goat kids visiting otters and Lucasfilm supporting John Boyega and an eventual better government.  I’ll be back next week with more (and hopefully more tolerable) 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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