Year 5, Week 18 (May 16-22)

This week the news was A Lot in every sense of the term, and navigating it is about as fun as following the Ever Given into the Suez canal. I’ve kept it to the stories I think are most developed and most essential, but we’ve got some pretty rough waters ahead of us. Suffice to say, I’ll try not to steer us into any icebergs.

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 a court case!–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:

Weirdly, this was a moment of lucidity for Election Rejection news, even though most stories this week are a whole thing. Here’s what I have for you:

After much consideration, I’ve decided to also start up a separate section for theHeritage Foundation Nightmare Factory–though these new state trends started out as election rejection fodder,they keep multiplying and mutating every week, and now many of them have nothing to do with voting. At any rate, here’s what I have for you that’s unrelated to scary voting news:

Your New Normal:

The Bad:

The Good:

  • Recent Immigration Resilience. Improbably, the good news this week is about immigration! For us local folks in Massachusetts, it’s helpful to know that a particularly notorious ICE center in Bristol County (as well as another one in GA) is being closed due to egregious abuses that have been documented as occurring there, and the contracts are also being revoked. But there’s good news on the national stage too; lawyers have reunited 54 more children separated under the Zero Tolerance campaign. It’s not a final resolution, and of course reunification cannot undo all the trauma that was caused for these families by the policy in the first place. But their reunification still matters, and it’s important to note and celebrate it.

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry, there are no news refunds. For making it through, you deserve British period ocean dramatics and a more consistently improved 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 a better news cycle!

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