Year 6, Week 10 (March 20-26)

Yesterday, we had a lot of stories that felt like they were still developing, and I opted to postpone the NNR by one day. Given just how many stories indeed had critical updates over the last 24 hours, I feel very pleased with my news instincts. Newstincts? News stinks. Ah well, the portmanteau is a work in progress.

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 cowboy!–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:

Boy howdy was last week the calm before a storm on the Election Rejection front.  I’ll talk about Ginni Thomas separately, but there’s still a lot–here’s what I have for you:

This week, the big news on the Biden Rebuilding front was Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing in the Senate, which was a painful spectacle by the end.  Here’s what has happened:

Your New Normal:

The Bad:

The Good:

  • Recent State Resilience (Kind Of). Though state legislation regarding trans people remains generally horrorshow, two states (Indiana and Utah) had the interesting distinction this week of vetoing bills that would limit trans women’s participation in sports. I say ‘interesting’ here because both vetoing governors were Republicans. It’s my hope that this reflects a slowing of that particular GOP movement, though of course we’ll have to see what happens.

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry, there are no news refunds. For making it through, 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 ska cover of A Thousand Miles as well as 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 more hours in the day!

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