Year 6, Week 31 (August 14-20)

We had a much quieter week than I expected–but then again, with all of the whirlwind last week, a calmer clip was probably inevitable. That said, there are indeed some updates on last week’s stories, especially regarding Election Rejection. A quieter week doesn’t mean an uneventful one! Nonetheless, it certainly has been less frenetic, and it’s nice to have a split second to breathe.

Standard standing reminders still apply: I guess after six years I’m conceding that I’m a journalist, but I summarize news within my areas of expertise. NNR summaries often contain some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise–I’m a lawyer, not a text!–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:

For yet another week, Election Rejection was an entire flying circus. Here’s what I have for you:

In contrast, the Biden Rebuilding front was pretty quiet.  Here’s what has happened:

  • Recent Biden Resilience.* We’ve already talked about the biggest Biden-related news this week, which is that he signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law last Tuesday.  That said, I have a few other bits and bobs for you!  Partially due to Biden’s urging, the FDA cleared the way this week for over-the-counter hearing aids, which should reduce their overall average cost of the medical by over $2,000.  Additionally, the Fifth Circuit reached a favorable decision about whether the administration was allowed to pause offshore drilling, which would have been promising, except that the same District Court judge just reissued an injunction again the next day.  So this marks the fourth Reverse Uno on off-shore drilling, for those of you playing the home game, because: 1) The Biden administration tried to block offshore drilling, but then 2) a District Court judge blocked their blocking, resulting in 3) the Fifth Circuit blocking the District Court decision that blocked the administration’s blocking of drilling, except that this lobbed the whole thing back down to the District Court, which just 4) blocked the blocking drilling all over again. Lawyers, amirite?

Your New Normal:

The Bad:

  • Reproductive Justice Struggles.  The continuous steady stream of states losing reproductive rights trickles on, as several more states enacted trigger laws this week.  The Washington Post estimates that one in three people capable of pregnancy is now living in a state without access, which is a pretty horrifying statistic. We can expect that number to keep going up, unfortunately, as states where advocates are suing reach resolution of their court cases.  I’ll definitely continue to keep folks posted.

The Good:

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry, there are no news refunds. Nonetheless, for making it through, you deserve dogs going down twisty slides and a more functional 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 ice cream flavor!

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