Year 4, Week 22 (June 14-20)

The news this week was a wild, wild ride from start to finish, and covered a pretty broad range. If nothing else, the administration’s actions suggest that they really do plan to just go back to business as normal. (Of course, for this administration, “business as normal” means an impressive blend of corruption and incompetence, so the news reflects this accordingly.)

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 press release–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 is the first week in quite some time that we have several different forms of constitutional crisis, as the COVID Road meets Corruption Street and Authoritarian Avenue in the roundabout literally nobody wanted.  First up, we have yet another round of Whistleblowing Ukraine Biden Bingo, despite the impeachment process being over for months, because this is the timeline that good sense forgot.

On the Disregard of Governing Norms front, we have more-or-less what you might expect, though I can’t say I’m enjoying it–an incompetent and malicious government that breaks or bends rules left and right.  Here’s what has happened:

Your “Normal” Weird:

The Bad:

The Good:

So that’s what I have for this week, and I think we can all agree that it’s more than enough. For making it through, you deserve Pokemon drawn to actual size 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 pictures from your phone camera!

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