Year 4, Week 51 (January 3-9)

I’m sure that most of us are aware of the insurgent attack on the Capitol building complex, which interrupted electoral procedure for nearly six hours on Wednesday.  It’s hard to make sense of that mob, which unquestionably perpetrated terrorism in their own nation’s seat of power, and it’s hard to make sense of Trump’s role in their organizing.  It’s also a bit hard to make sense of the messy processes that followed it. I’ll do my best to lead you through the weeds, but I’m also around if anyone has questions or just needs to commiserate.

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 an electoral college!–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:

Last week I said that we had unquestionably experienced the worst round yet of Election Rejection, as it literally violated federal election law. Then this week said, “HOLD MY BEER.” 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 bird enjoying a free ride 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 photos of your pets!

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