Year 6, Week 41 (October 23-29)


Remember last week, when I was like “I sure hope we aren’t about to get a deluge?” I would like to personally apologize to you all for jinxing this week’s news like that, because after six years you’d think I would know better. At any rate, there’s more election rejection news than you can shake a stick at right now, which is perhaps not shocking with Election Day only a week away. I’ll continue to keep folks posted on the many many threads happening.

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 election!–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:

On the Election Rejection front, our circuses have circuses this week. Here’s what has happened:


The melange above makes the Biden Rebuilding front look quiet, but there’s still news on that front as well.  Here’s what I have for you:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:

  • Recent Court Resilience. These stories aren’t “good news” so much as “signs the court system can sometimes work correctly,” but two different people who engaged in high-profile political violence were convicted appropriately this week. In Michigan, three men were convicted for a plan to kidnap the state governor, though their sentencing won’t be until December. And in Wisconsin, a man was convicted of intentional homicide for killing six people when he drove his SUV into a Christmas day parade, despite his claims that as a sovereign citizen he shouldn’t be prosecuted.

So that’s all I have for this week, and I think we can agree that it was more than enough. For making it through, you deserve this pitball adventure 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 extra sleep because it has been a long week and it’s only Tuesday!

Year 6, Week 40 (October 16-22)


This was another one of those weeks where a lot of (American) stories are slowly developing as I type this–it feels like the news is holding its breath. Here’s hoping we’re not about to get a deluge.

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 prime minister!–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:

On the Election Rejection front, one ring of the circus went weirdly quiet but we’re still in full swing. Here’s what I have for you:


On the Biden Rebuilding front, there’s a lot going on as well for another week.  Here’s what has happened:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s all I have for this week, and I’m sorry, there are no news refunds. For making it through, you deserve this frog dahlia hotel 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 recommendations of shows you like!

Year 6, Week 39 (October 9-15)


The news was surprisingly merciful this week, for the most part–outside of health news, there’s way less than usual that will make you want to stare at walls. I think we all know better than to expect this to stay the norm, but we might as well enjoy a partial reprieve while it lasts. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled dystopia soon enough.

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:

On the Election Rejection front, we’re back to a full-blown three ring circus again. Here’s what I have for you:


On the Biden Rebuilding front, there’s a lot going on as well for another week.  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 cuddle friends 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 recommendations of shows you like!

Year 6, Week 38 (October 2-8)


Well, the news is still terrible, but at least it’s also Fat Bear Week until tomorrow, and look at all these good bears going for gold! (Honestly, no shade if you want to pause here and go vote for your favorite; we all need to take news breaks now and then.)

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 ballot measure!–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:

I’m clearing some space in Election Rejection this week to begin discussing Election Day, which at this point is only a month away. Here’s what I have for you:


On the Biden Rebuilding front, there’s a lot going on, though some of it was shunted to the Good.  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 party blep 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 warm socks because it’s getting cold!

Year 6, Week 37 (September 25–October 1)


To say that this was not a great week, news-wise, is pretty much like saying the Sahara is kind of arid. (While I pride myself on my dry delivery, that might be a bit much even for me.) It’s my hope that next week will be better–or, at the very least, that it won’t be worse. Either way, of course, I’ll keep people 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 lawsuit!–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 stuck in the Election Rejection flying circus trifecta, and it was much less funny this week. Here’s what I have for you:


On the Biden Rebuilding front, the name of the game is money for another week.  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 happy lab’s spa day 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 Tiktok videos!

Year 6, Week 36 (September 18-24)


This was another week of oddly off-kilter news–there were a lot of stories that were surreal or seemed to have disingenuous reporting. That said, some of it was also hilarious, which I don’t get to say very often. So I suppose I’ll take 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 an economy!–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 appear to be watching an Election Rejection flying circus trifecta, and I suspect that may be how we roll for a while yet. At least some of it was hilarious. Here’s what I have for you:


On the Biden Rebuilding front, the name of the game this week is money.  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 these serenading pancakes 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 35 (September 11-17)


The news this week feels sort of odd and unmoored–there are a lot of stories that feel contradictory or confused. That said, there’s also a lot that’s very concerning, and we definitely need to keep on top of it all. I’ll do my best to demystify where I can.

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 plane ride!–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, the Election Rejection flying circuses have multiplied, and we’ll likely see more of this before it starts to get better. Here’s what I have for you:


This was also a relatively active 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 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!