Year 5, Week 25 (July 4-10)


Somehow, this week’s news feels like a firehose and a slow news week at the same time, which is kind of a neat trick. Though there are only a few main major stories, those stories all have significant and interrelated developments, and the week’s COVID news is particularly extra. All told, the net result is a weird week that makes it hard to see which end is up, but at least I get to write about civil disobedience.

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 plane flight!–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:

This week’s Election Rejection news has exciting variations after several weeks of Groundhog Day! It’s still bonkers, to be clear, but at least the bonkers comes in a new flavor. Here’s what I have for you this week:


This was also a bit of a weird week for Biden Rebuilding. Here’s what has happened:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:

  • Flipping the Scripps. Fourteen-year-old Zaila Avant-garde became the first African American champion of the Scripp Spelling Bee this week, correctly spelling ‘murraya’ correctly to win the competition. Incredibly, she already held three Guinness World Records for her achievements in basketball at the time of her win. She sounds pretty Avant-garde!

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 bonkers rendition of jock jams 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 fewer meetings at 9am!

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