Year 7, Week 14 (April 16-22)

We’re in a second week in a row of news overdrive, and I’m still tinkering with the best way to handle it. This week, you’re getting all of the news through Sunday this evening; there is simply too much that happened today to cover Monday stories like normal. On the “plus” side, there was also too much news last week to cover everything through Wednesday, so we still have a very full docket!

Standard standing reminders still apply: I may be well into my seventh year of journalism, 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 stay of injunction!–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:

We’re playing catch-up this week on the Election Rejection front, but it’s a good thing I waited on the Dominion settlement story. Here’s what has happened:

We also have a bit of catch-up on the Biden Rebuilding front, though I’m pretty excited about this week’s news.  Here’s what I have for you:

Your New Normal:

The Bad:

The Good:

  • Recent Parrot Resilience. A recent three-month study published this week has discovered that parrots benefit from video calls to each other in much the same fashion that humans do! The birds in the study engaged in social behaviors, learned skills from each other, and even showed preferences for specific birds that they had formed particularly close bonds with through the video calls. The calls were apparently an overwhelmingly positive social experience for the fifteen parrots who participated, and I really hope we see follow-up studies on this.

So that’s the news from last week Part 2, and there’s still more where that came from. For making it through, you deserve this dog bar 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 more hours in the day!

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