Year 5, Week 7 (February 28–March 6)

Advocacy!

The biggest news of the week technically hasn’t happened yet, which makes drafting interesting to say the least. Think of it as a holiday gift, along with that extra hour of sunlight we’re getting back on Sunday–sure, Monday will be extra sleep-deprived, but it’s also the Ides of March, so we’re getting off light. (See what I did there?)

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 stimulus payment!–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:

Another week, somehow yet another story about Election Rejection, even though half the country is sick to death of it by now. Here’s what I have for you:


We also saw a bit of movement on the Biden Rebuilding fronts.  Here’s what has happened in the past week:  


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and it was a bit lighter than many weeks but I’m okay with that. For making it through, you deserve this bear family crossing the street 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 sunglasses for sunny days!

Year 5, Week 6 (February 21-27)


I’ve been asked a few times now whether I really intend to keep going, now that the distasteful Cheeto is out of office; I think folks expect things to calm down and return to “normal” with a grown-up at the helm. But weeks like the one we just had really nicely illustrate why I want to keep going–between the illustrative CPAC theatrics and the current state of Congress, there is still so much to fix.

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 power grid!–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:

If CPAC made one thing clear, it’s that Election Rejection isn’t going anywhere, even though half the country is sick to death of it by now. Here’s what I have for you:


We also saw a bit of movement on the Biden Rebuilding fronts.  Here’s what has happened in the past week:  


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and it was kind of bargain-basement but some weeks are like that. For making it through, you deserve these foxes laughing and a more consistently better 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 recipes for your favorite cookies!

Year 5, Week 5 (February 14-20)

Advocacy!

With everything happening, and the focus on fixing things, it has been easy to forget just how much bigger the GOP is than simply Trump. The current crisis in Texas really brings home just how wide that abdication from good governance goes, and it’s an unpleasant but important reminder. I’ve included some ways to help in the roundup this week, in case you want to be a better human being than Ted Cruz.

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 power grid!–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

Even after the impeachment acquittal, we still saw some Election Rejection news–we’ll likely keep seeing it weekly as investigations into the Capitol assault continue. Here’s what I have for you:


We also saw a bit of movement on the Biden Rebuilding fronts.  Here’s what has happened in the past week: 


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and it was more specific than normal but still more than enough. In the interest of engaged readership, however, you still deserve dessert links! I hope you enjoy Gritty snowboarding in Lake Tahoe along with our unquestionably better 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 animal videos!

Year 5, Week 4 (February 7-13)


Well, the full second impeachment proceeding of Donald Trump occurred over the past week, and it was a front-row seat to just how busted our government still currently is.  There’s a lot to unpack, and we need to be talking about next steps from here as well.

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 an impeachment trial!–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:

Needless to say, there was a lot of Election Rejection news this week, as most eyes were focused on impeachment. Here’s what I have for you:


We also saw a bit of movement on the Biden Rebuilding fronts.  Here’s what has happened in the past week:  


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and it was more specific than normal but still more than enough. In the interest of engaged readership, however, you still deserve dessert links! I hope you enjoy this cranky owl along with our unquestionably better 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 TikTok videos!

Year 5, Week 3 (January 31–February 6)


Well, the impeachment trial starts in the Senate tomorrow, and if the defense brief is any indication, this should be quite a circus. We’ve been through this rodeo once before, and though it should have a bit less pomp and circumstance this time I’m sure it will be no less ridiculous. Let’s get ready to ruuuumble!

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 an impeachment trial!–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

It’s gonna be a real banner week for Election Rejection news, since the Senate impeachment trial starts tomorrow. Here’s what I have for you:


We also saw significant movement on the Biden Rebuilding fronts.  Here’s what has happened in the past week:  


Your New Normal


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sure the rodeo will have more clowns by the time we meet again. In the interest of engaged readership, however, you still deserve dessert links! I hope you enjoy these windows into other places along with our unquestionably better 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 assurances that you didn’t have Superbowl guests!

Year 5, Week 2 (January 24-30)


You know how in D&D, Barbarians can do that thing where they rage super hard for like a billion years, and then when the immediate battle ends and they finally get to stop and catch their breath, they have to sleep off like seven levels of exhaustion? …yeah, I’m not saying the 46th inauguration is what made my household buy that ten-gallon coffee maker, but I’m not not saying that, either. (Don’t feel too bad if your adrenaline has dried up and you’re starting to crash; you’re in good company. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

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 Independence Mall!–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:

As predicted, we are indeed still dealing with a bevy of Election Rejection news this week. Here’s what I have for you:


Thankfully, we also have settled into a new category over here, which I’m tentatively calling Biden Rebuilding for want of a better name.  Here are the things that have happened this week in an attempt to set the country back to rights:  


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:

  • Probable Actual Trump Charges.  In news that makes me happy in my schadenfreude place, a judge in New York has ordered the Trump Organization to hand over documents to the New York Attorney General as part of the latter’s ongoing fraud case.  It’s the latest of several orders in the ongoing case, but has the unique distinction of being the first order since Trump has stepped down.  In other words, it’s the first order where there’s no immunity argument to speak of, and I’m here for this development.

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m excited for the political trajectory we’re on. In the interest of engaged readership, however, you still deserve dessert links! I hope you enjoy these mastermind ferrets along with our unquestionably better 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 coffee flavors!

Year 5, Week 1 (January 17-23)

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Welcome back, dear readers! In a moment we’ll get to the news–and I assure you, there’s a lot of it this week–but I also want to take a moment to discuss our trajectory from here. We’ve had a traditional, liberal politician step up to the Presidential plate, and his first few moves have been encouraging. Things are looking up, and we’re all so tired. The temptation is great to write the last four years off as a fever dream and go back to sleep.  

But here’s the thing: As much as we may want to claim otherwise, the last four years happened, and the groundwork for them has been building for at least a decade. White supremacy is not gone, and 45’s followers are not gone, and frankly, some of them are still in Congress. We lost four hundred thousand Americans to a pandemic that is far from over. In acknowledgment of these things, I have decided to preserve most of the NNR structure and format moving forward–we’re in a new chapter, but not a new book.

That said, I am also pleased to report the retirement of Constitutional Crisis Corner. It is being replaced by a section on rebuilding efforts, and I’ll also try to throw in action items as appropriate. Our politicians cannot and should not be expected to rebuild without engaged constituents. Please don’t hit that snooze button; there is so much to do–and though I’m not offering legal advice, I’m happy to help you parse it all.


Cleanup In Aisle 45:

At the time that I type this, Tangerine Mussolini has crawled back into a sewer in Florida, but he leaves a lot of slime in his wake.  We’ll likely still be dealing with Election Rejection for the foreseeable future as a result, particularly as it relates to impeachment proceedings. Here’s what I have for you:


Sadly, as this week was also the last week of the Trump Administration, I also have some Casual Disregard of Governing Norms for you.  Here are the events to know:  


Your New Normal


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m excited for the political trajectory we’re on. In the interest of engaged readership, however, you still deserve dessert links! I hope you enjoy this duck enjoying ice water along with our unquestionably better 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 place to put your comments!

Year 4, Week 52 (January 10-16)


Dear reader, I bet you will be shocked–just shocked–to learn that the 52nd week of Year 4 is chockablock and much of it is twitch-worthy. I take comfort in the belief that I’m hopefully viewing a last hurrah from the most venal and corrupt administration our country has ever seen. That said, though the Trump administration is ideally ending, the NNR is not! We may do some restructuring as we adjust to the Biden administration, but one way or another, we’ll still be here. There’s too much to do to stop.

Standard standing reminders 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 Independence Mall!–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!   


Constitutional Crisis Corners:

This week’s news on Election Rejection is probably a touch better than the week of the assault on the Capitol building complex, but not by much–as we learn more about the event, a lot of disturbing information has trickled out. Here’s what I have for you:


Because it’s their last chance to get them in, we also saw a great deal more Casual Disregard of Governing Norms this week.  Here are the events to know: 


Your “Normal” Weird:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and here’s hoping it’s the last Trump week I ever send you. For making it through all of that, you deserve SeaShantyTiktok and these animals interrupting photo shoots and an eventual better government.  I’ll be back next week with more, potentially restructured, and hopefully better 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 place to put your comments!

Year 4, Week 51 (January 3-9)


I’m sure that most of us are aware of the insurgent attack on the Capitol building complex, which interrupted electoral procedure for nearly six hours on Wednesday.  It’s hard to make sense of that mob, which unquestionably perpetrated terrorism in their own nation’s seat of power, and it’s hard to make sense of Trump’s role in their organizing.  It’s also a bit hard to make sense of the messy processes that followed it. I’ll do my best to lead you through the weeds, but I’m also around if anyone has questions or just needs to commiserate.

Standard standing reminders 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 an electoral college!–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!   


Constitutional Crisis Corner:

Last week I said that we had unquestionably experienced the worst round yet of Election Rejection, as it literally violated federal election law. Then this week said, “HOLD MY BEER.” Here’s what I have for you:


Your “Normal” Weird:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and I think we can agree that it’s more than enough. For making it through, you deserve this bird enjoying a free ride and an eventual better government.  I’ll be back next week with more (and hopefully better) 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 photos of your pets!

Year 4, Week 50 (December 27–January 2)

Advocacy!

Happy 2021! To celebrate the new year, I got you a news cycle that is somehow even more 2020 than the past month combined. (The things we do for auld lang syne, amirite?)

Standard standing reminders 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 an electoral college!–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!   


Constitutional Crisis Corners:

Here we go again with what is unquestionably the worst round yet of Election Rejection, as it appears to literally violate federal election law. Again. Still. Here’s what I have for you:


That said, we also got a bit of Disregard of Governing Norms, though nowhere near as much as last week. Here’s what I have for you:   


Your “Normal” Weird:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and I think we can agree that it’s more than enough. For making it through, you deserve these cats clearing an obstacle course and an eventual better government.  I’ll be back next week with more (and hopefully better) 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 time machine and a better printer!