Year 4, Week 39 (October 11-17)


We have two weeks until Election Day, and though the news is less frenetic than it was a week ago, that doesn’t mean it’s much more pleasant. It’s impossible to predict what we’ll be seeing by this time next week, given how unprecedented everything continues to be. But one thing’s for certain, y’all: I don’t think the chocolate supply in my house is going to make it.

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 Hatch Act!–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:

We have a more-or-less ordinary mélange this week in Disregard of Governing Norms, which is a depressing sentence to type. Here’s what I have for you:


Your “Normal” Weird:


The Bad:


The Good:

  • Recent Court Resilience. There was one positive Supreme Court decision today, which is something I guess. The court was evenly split in a 4-4 decision, which in this instance means the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision remains in place. The PA court’s decision was upholding a PA law permitting extended mail-in voting due to the pandemic, so this is good news for voting rights. That said, I do want to caution that a 4-4 split would likely have become a 5-4 split and come down the other way if Barrett were already on the bench. We’ll need to keep a close eye on those proceedings over the next couple of weeks.

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 baby pygmy hippo 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 more chocolate so that I can keep drafting!

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