Year 4, Week 38 (October 4-10)


You’d think, by now, I would have watched enough media to know that things always escalate as they move towards the season finale–and yet every Monday I’m somehow still surprised. Suffice to say, we can all use the reminder that things will keep getting worse in the short term, but I’m holding out hope that we’ll end on a high note. For the duration, daily summaries like WTFJHT remain particularly helpful.

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 tax record!–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:

After only a week of Trump COVID news, he wants us to forget about his infection, which means we’re back to discussing his taxes!  So that’s the current week in Disregard of Governing Norms.  For bonus fun, we’re also discussing totalitarianism and terrorist definitions of treason.  Here’s what I have for you:


Your “Normal” Weird:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and I think we can agree that it’s more than enough. For making it through, you deserve this Tiktok musical number 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 the means to hibernate until November!

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