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Year 5, Week 12 (April 4-10)


This week was A Lot, and I think we’re all pretty weary. Suffice to say, a new government is not a perfect government, and we have work to do. I’m here if anyone 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 an All Star game!–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 continue to get updates on Election Rejection, with further updates on last week’s new salvo. Here’s what I have for you:


We are continuing to track stories on the Biden Rebuilding fronts as well.  Here’s what has happened in the past week:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:

  • Recent State Resilience. Though there are some scary pieces of legislation brewing in statehouses right now, we actually saw a couple of cool laws this week that deserve their own mention. In Kentucky, legislators voted to expand voting rights, making some of the state’s COVID-related changes more permanent. Meanwhile, Maryland voted to expand police accountability considerably, which is a welcome step in the correct direction especially given the paragraph above.

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry, there are still no news refunds. For making it through, you deserve this unimpressed frog 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 happy photos of yourself!

Year 5, Week 11 (March 28–April 3)


This is the first roller coaster week I think we’ve had in a little while; it had a lot of notable dips but we also had some exciting advances. (Though I would prefer an abjectly good week, I’ll take the wins where I can!)

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 All Star game!–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 continue to get updates on Election Rejection, with further updates on last week’s new salvo. Here’s what I have for you:


We are continuing to track stories on the Biden Rebuilding fronts as well.  Here’s what has happened in the past week:  


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:

  • Recent Medical Advances. In other “I can’t believe I’m typing this” news–of the good kind, not the Trump kind–an early study shows 97% effectiveness of a novel HIV vaccine. We definitely need to do more research, but it’s tentatively looking like breakthroughs that resulted in COVID vaccines may have implications for HIV infection as well.

So that’s what I have for this week, and it’s more than enough. For making it through, you deserve this angry octopus 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 cookies because the holiday ended!

Year 5, Week 10 (March 21-27)


It feels like we’re entering a new phase of so many things this week–new vaccine realities; new political battlegrounds; new food restrictions (okay, maybe that last one is just if you’re Jewish). There’s change in the air, and not all of it is good. I’ll do my best to keep folks informed.

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 dropoff box!–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 continue to get updates on Election Rejection, and I’m legitimately mad that I have a new story for you on this. Here’s what I have for you:


We are continuing to track stories on the Biden Rebuilding fronts as well.  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 rougher than I might have hoped. For making it through, you deserve this doggo outlaw 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 kosher for Passover ice cream!

Year 5, Week 9 (March 14-20)


This past week was a rough reminder that racial equity still has so far to go in this country. I’ll do my best to summarize, though I’m certainly not the voice to uplift on these issues, and I’ll also include links to ways you can help. I’m here if anyone 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 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:

We continue to get updates on Election Rejection, and I’m legitimately mad that I have a new story for you on this. Here’s what I have for you:


We are continuing to track stories on the Biden Rebuilding fronts as well.  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 rougher than we’ve had in a while. For making it through, you deserve this kitten discovering its other paws 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 more coffee because we’re almost out!

Year 5, Week 8 (March 7-13)


I’m probably jinxing myself by typing this, but as I draft this on Monday afternoon we appear to have sighted that mythical beast known as a slow news week. I haven’t really seen these in the last four years, so I’m throwing an impromptu desk party over here. The light switch rave is off the chain.

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:

Even during a slow news week there are still updates on Election Rejection, though they’re mostly about how many people are being charged by the DOJ right now. Here’s what I have for you:


We are continuing to track two main stories on the Biden Rebuilding fronts as well.  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 rebounding cat 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 warm weather like we had last week!

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!