Year 6, Week 34 (September 4-10)


A great deal of professional news this week focused on the death of Queen Elizabeth II, which I don’t consider to be within the purview of the National News Roundup. The remaining stories feel like something of a 45 Groundhog Day, but it’s what we’ve got to work with this week. Here’s hoping we’ll see more progress next week.

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 an envelope!–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:

At this point, I must concede that Election Rejection has become multiple separate flying circuses, and we’ve seen pretty much all of them before. Here’s what I have for you:


This was, in contrast, a fairly quiet week on the Biden Rebuilding front.  Here’s what has happened:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


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 this dancing doggo 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 tiktok videos involving cats!

Year 6, Week 33 (August 28–September 3)


For yet another week, most of the news cycle features The Ongoing Espionage of Cool Ranch Mussolini. Though there were more court developments today on the special master matter–despite it being Labor Day–I’ve opted to keep the NNR on its ordinary schedule, simply because I doubt there’s an end in sight this week. We all have to come up for air sometime, y’all, and it might as well be now.

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 floor!–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:


This was a quieter week on the Biden Rebuilding front, and most of it comes back to MAGA in some way.  Here’s what has happened:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and I think we can agree that it was more than enough. Nonetheless, for making it through, you deserve this hamster platformer 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 links to your favorite tunes!

Year 6, Week 32 (August 21-27)


Have you noticed how a quiet week is always followed by a completely bananas week, news-wise? This week is no exception–there’s a lot going on (again), and many things are definitely still developing as I type this. But if you’re trying to follow, the NNR has your back. (Or at least, it has your news.)

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 special master!–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:


This was also something of a frenetic week on the Biden Rebuilding front.  Here’s what has happened:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


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 this sleeping otter 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 interesting types of black tea!

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!

Year 6, Week 30 (August 7-13)


Political news continued to explode in a shower of schadenfreude for another week, with details coming in at a clip that’s tough to catch. I’m not naïve enough to think this week’s NNR snapshot puts a neat bow on everything, but we’ve got to come up for air sometime! I’ll be here next week to keep everyone posted.

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:

This was an absolutely bananas week for Election Rejection news. Here’s what I have for you:


There are also some significant advancements on the Biden Rebuilding front.  Here’s what has happened:


Your New Normal:


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! Nonetheless, for making it through, you deserve this adorable polyglot 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 chillhop youtube videos!

Year 6, Week 29 (July 31–August 6)


This was the rare week when everything exploded over the weekend; we’ve had major developments in three stories and counting since Saturday as I type this. (Most of them are even net positive, which is doubly rare!) I’m for sure doing a little dance in my seat, because this was a fun week to document and I have to take my wins where I find them. You’re all invited to my impromptu dance party–anybody from Kansas gets in free.

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:

This was an absolutely bananas week for Election Rejection news. Here’s what I have for you:


There’s a great deal to report on the Biden Rebuilding front, though some of it is captured under the New Normal.  Here’s what has happened:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and for once, it doesn’t feel like I kicked several puppies! Nonetheless, for making it through, you deserve this impressive Connect 4 game 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 photos of your dance moves!

Year 6, Week 28 (July 24-30)


It was a quieter week this week, but it feels a bit like the calm before a much larger storm–and of course, the literal large storms in parts of the country don’t help dissipate the sense of dread. I’m hoping that things stay relatively quiet for at least a bit longer, but even if they don’t, I’ll be here to tell you about it.

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 recession!–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:

There are no more public hearings, but the Election Rejection front still had plenty going on. Here’s what I have for you:


This was a week of relatively ominous quiet for the Biden Rebuilding section, though we did get some news that’s not great.  Here’s what has happened:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


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 roman numeral joke 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!

Year 6, Week 27 (July 17-23)


I’m back from family time in Philly, and the news is back right on time as well! (I know, I’m as shocked as you are.) This week’s stories are more of a continuation than anything else, but that doesn’t mean they are unimportant–there were a lot of updates this week.

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 hearing!–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 you might imagine would happen during the week of the last public hearing, the Election Rejection front was busy. Here’s what I have for you:


There’s also a fair amount going on with the Biden Rebuilding section, though I know a lot of us wish there were more.  Here’s what has happened:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


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 dogpro-captured ball game, this happy lizard, 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 cooler weather because heat waves are still the worst!

Year 6, Week 26 (July 10-16)


Okay, last week I said that July was apparently a slow news window. I am now eating those words, because this week’s news is ten gallons in a five-gallon hat. Buckle up, y’all, because a lot is happening! (And on the subject of warnings, I would be remiss if I did not also mention a content warning: The Bad this week includes mention of child rape. It is marked with the Content Warning Caret accordingly.)

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 hearing!–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 a window with only one January 6 hearing (and only one remaining after this), the Election Rejection front sure was busy. Here’s what I have for you:


There’s also a lot going on with the Biden Rebuilding section, though some of it is in Senate Dysfunction below.  Here’s what has happened:


Your New Normal:


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 cuddling capybaras 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 cooler weather because heat waves are still the worst!

Year 6, Week 25 (July 3-9)


It has been a relatively quiet week since the last roundup–July is a slow time in the news field too, it would appear. That said, don’t get too used to the lull; we’re definitely still gearing up for some chaotic news weeks ahead.

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 subpoena!–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 still in a relatively quiet period for January 6 proceedings and the Election Rejection front. Here’s what I have for you:


There’s a little bit more going on with the Biden Rebuilding section.  Here’s what has happened:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m relieved it isn’t worse. For making it through, you deserve this guy’s urban rescue ranch humor 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 cooler weather because heat waves are the worst!