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Year 5, Week 45 (November 21-27)


It was a bit of a quieter week, all things considered, but the news is still here and so are we. And we’ll likely see increased chaos as things start to churn again, so this is a great time to keep your eyes open.

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 guilty plea!–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’s more Election Rejection to report this week, and it’s still all over the map.  Here’s what happened this week:


All things told, this was a pretty quiet week on the Biden Rebuilding front.  Here’s all I have for you:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry that slow news is not good news. For making it through, you deserve this happily digging doggo 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 your favorite hot cocoa recipe!

Year 5, Week 44 (November 14-20)


This past week looks an awful lot like the previous week–a lot of back-and-forth; a lot of doubling down; a lot of mess. We did see progress in a few areas, but there was an awful lot of rough news to swallow as well. I recommend washing it down with ice cream.

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 guilty plea!–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’s more Election Rejection to report this week, and it’s still all over the map.  Here’s what happened this week:


This was also a strange week for Biden Rebuilding news, as the reconciliation and infrastructure situation has had several twists and turns.  Here’s what I have for you:


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 baby bear’s trip to Prague 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!

Year 5, Week 43 (November 7-13)


The news this week contains a lot of doubling down on all sides, and I honestly can’t decide whether that’s good or bad. But whatever it is, I’m here to summarize it for you, and I’m also here if anybody needs anything.

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 Hatch Act!–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’s a huge amount of Election Rejection to report this week, and it’s all over the map.  Here’s what happened this week:


This was also a strange week for Biden Rebuilding news, as the reconciliation and infrastructure situation has had several twists and turns.  Here’s what I have for you:


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 these catfrens being fed 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 pictures of your pet!

Year 5, Week 42 (October 31–November 6)


Well, Election Day came and went, and… uh… it had a lot of concerning attributes. It’s likely that we’re starting to see voter suppression tactics play out on the ground, and wouldn’t you know it, suddenly the GOP trusts the election process more. We have a lot of work to do, folks.

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 reconciliation package!–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:

Though it’s a bit better than the previous week, the Election Rejection front is still quite a battleground.  Here’s what happened this week:


This was also a strange week for Biden Rebuilding news, as the reconciliation and infrastructure situation has had several twists and turns.  Here’s what I have for you:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:

  • Same Sex Survivor Social Security. The Biden Administration announced this week that it will be abandoning defense of a Trump-era policy barring survivors from receiving social security benefits if our history of marriage inequality barred them from meeting the formal requirements. This is a much bigger deal than might be obvious, because social security policy looks at federal definitions of marriage, which have only included same-sex couples for about six years. In fact, the plaintiff in Obergefell, the court case that resulted in full marriage equality in the U.S., was denied survivor benefits because his spouse died only three months later. This policy was likely leaving a lot of people behind.

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 ecstatic digging puppo 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 sunlight because I already miss it!

Year 5, Week 41 (October 24-30)


Though things have been rough for a while now, this week was definitely a new low in American news. I certainly felt discouraged watching a lot of this unfold, so I’m not going to tell you not to; instead, I’ll just note that I’m here if anybody needs anything. And also, Halloween candy is very cheap right now, if you need some comfort food. Just sayin’.

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 reconciliation package!–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:

In case you were wondering, the Election Rejection front is still hitting rock bottom and starting to dig.  Here’s what happened this week:


This was also a real low point for Biden Rebuilding news, as the reconciliation and infrastructure situation has not, in fact, gotten any better.  Here’s what I have for you:


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 classic Halloween favorite 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 discount candy you don’t want!

Year 5, Week 40 (October 17-23)


This week, though outlets and public officials are reluctant to acknowledge it, the news really highlights just how many different systems are broken at once. It’s rough to watch, and it’s even rougher when everyone acts like it’s no big deal. But it’s not just you; it is a big deal. And as always, I’m here if I can help.

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 filibuster!–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 seeing an exponential increase of nonsense on the Election Rejection front, and it does feel like this will get worse before it gets better.  Here’s what happened this week:


We also saw some Biden Rebuilding news, particularly regarding immigration.  Here’s what I have for you:


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 the October doge Olympics 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 sunshine up on the shelf!

Year 5, Week 39 (October 10-16)


As is fitting for late October, we’re starting to see the specter of elections really shift the news, especially on Capitol Hill. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but at least for this week, it sure is insufferable. Here’s hoping things get a bit less dysfunctional in DC in coming weeks.

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 debt ceiling!–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 seeing an exponential increase of nonsense on the Election Rejection front, and it does feel like this will get worse before it gets better.  Here’s what happened this week:


We also saw some Biden Rebuilding news, particularly regarding immigration.  Here’s what I have for you:


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 how-to cat sushi video 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 things to put under the Good section!

Year 5, Week 38 (October 3-9)

It hasn’t been a full week since you last heard from me, but nonetheless a lot has happened. As has become the protocol, most of it is pretty rough. Here’s hoping I have better things to report soon.

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 debt ceiling!–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

After a quiet week on Election Rejection news, we’ve seen a lot of action in the past few days.  Here’s what happened:


This was also a relatively quiet week for Biden Rebuilding news, though there were a few odds and ends (and another belated immigration course-correction).  Here’s what I have for you:


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 these proletariat otters 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 a timeturner that I’ll use responsibly I swear!

Year 5, Week 37 (September 26–October 2)


Folks, thanks for bearing with me through a rough week. Your reward is… well actually, the news is pretty terrible this week too, for the most part, so I don’t even have a good consolation prize. Better luck next week!

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 debt ceiling!–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 a pretty quiet week for Election Rejection news, as most eyes were on current Congressional drama.  Here’s what happened:


This was also a relatively quiet week for Biden Rebuilding news, though there were a few odds and ends.  Here’s what I have for you:


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 these doggos at a Sox game and a bear interest piece about 480 Otis 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 your thoughts about Fat Bear Week!

Year 5, Week 36 (September 19-25)


If it seems like you’ve heard this week’s stories before, that’s because you have–every single one of this week’s topics is a continuation from a previous week. In some instances, this is very frustrating, but in others, it’s reassuring; dumpster fires won’t change if nobody stands there with a hose.

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 Joe Manchin!–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 a surprisingly active week for Election Rejection news, and the stories compose yet another very mixed bag.  Here’s what happened:


I’m still pretty disgusted by this week’s Biden Rebuilding news, and we should still be demanding that this administration do better.  Here’s what I have for you:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:

  • Roe v. Why Are You Like This Reprise (again again). Speaking of forced birth politics, the fight against SB8 continues for another week. The major win this week is that the House successfully voted to enact federal reproductive rights protections. Though this is by no means a panacea, it’s an important first step for many of the different paths we need to be treading, and directed action is the way to get walking.  So for now, I’ll take it.

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 queer cover of ‘Jolene‘ 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 a Tardis so that I can fix this timeline!