Year 4, Week 23 (June 21-27)


The main story this week is Attack of the Return of the COVID-19, and that horror movie has just as many bad life choices as you might expect. I think a Twitter user put it quite well: “Any zombie movie that doesn’t have hordes of people running towards the zombies to deliberately get bitten because they’re convinced it’s a liberal hoax is going to look pretty unrealistic now.”

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 bounty–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:

Another week of different forms of constitutional crisis, this time mostly under the “COVID” and “Not COVID” categories.  First up, we have what I’m tentatively calling another round of Russia Investigation because it involves Trump being Putin’s favorite puppet yet again.  (If the top story develops further, it may end up its own section though.)


On the Disregard of Governing Norms front, we have more COVID crisis and somehow even less leadership than normal.  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 these doggos in bread masks and this happy leopard getting ear scritchesand 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 promises you’re wearing a mask in public!

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