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!