Year 5, Week 2 (January 24-30)

You know how in D&D, Barbarians can do that thing where they rage super hard for like a billion years, and then when the immediate battle ends and they finally get to stop and catch their breath, they have to sleep off like seven levels of exhaustion? …yeah, I’m not saying the 46th inauguration is what made my household buy that ten-gallon coffee maker, but I’m not not saying that, either. (Don’t feel too bad if your adrenaline has dried up and you’re starting to crash; you’re in good company. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

Standard standing reminders still 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 Independence Mall!–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!     

Cleanup in Aisle 45:

As predicted, we are indeed still dealing with a bevy of Election Rejection news this week. Here’s what I have for you:

Thankfully, we also have settled into a new category over here, which I’m tentatively calling Biden Rebuilding for want of a better name.  Here are the things that have happened this week in an attempt to set the country back to rights:  

Your New Normal:

The Bad:

The Good:

  • Probable Actual Trump Charges.  In news that makes me happy in my schadenfreude place, a judge in New York has ordered the Trump Organization to hand over documents to the New York Attorney General as part of the latter’s ongoing fraud case.  It’s the latest of several orders in the ongoing case, but has the unique distinction of being the first order since Trump has stepped down.  In other words, it’s the first order where there’s no immunity argument to speak of, and I’m here for this development.

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m excited for the political trajectory we’re on. In the interest of engaged readership, however, you still deserve dessert links! I hope you enjoy these mastermind ferrets along with our unquestionably better government.  I’ll be back next week with more restructured and improved 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 your favorite coffee flavors!

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