Year 4, Week 26 (July 12-18)


I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but I’m finding our current heat wave and current news cycle to be a match made in hell. It’s rough right now, but I’m here if anyone needs anything–albeit from at least six feet away and in front of an air conditioner.

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 rose garden!–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:

On the Disregard of Governing Norms front, we have graduated from COVID concerns (though there’s plenty of that) to extrajudicial detention stories that are frankly terrifying.  Here are the things to know:

  • Rose Garden Campaign Speech.   I wasn’t quite sure where to put this one, but since it’s certainly disregarding governing norms, I might as well put it here:  Trump gave a campaign re-election speech at a press conference from the Rose Garden this week, which in case anybody is keeping track is a pretty strong no-no.  (To be fair to Trump, the speech was pretty incoherent and also went on for sixty-three straight minutes, so I guess it’s possible he flat-out forgot where he was somewhere in there.)  Among his claims and insinuations about Joe Biden:  Joe Biden is getting dementia; Joe Biden is “a gift to the Chinese Communist party”; Joe Biden “wants to kill American energy.”  You know, the level of gravitas we associate with Rose Garden speeches throughout history.

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 this self-examining cat friend 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 ice cubes and Mr. Freeze memes!

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