Year 6, Week 23 (June 19-25)


The news this past week was bizarre and horrendous, and a lot of us are scared and hurting as I type this. But that sentiment is starting to lose meaning, because I type it so often–by my count, fourteen times since the year began. I truly think that’s worth highlighting, especially in our second year of Dem control of all houses of government, on the tail end of a pandemic, on the tail end of four years of Trump. We all deserve better than this endless toxic waste.

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:

A good chunk of the news this week is January 6 hearings on the Election Rejection front.  Here’s what I have for you:


I’m not super thrilled with Biden at the moment, but he did manage to get the new gun violence bill passed, which is the main news in Biden Rebuilding.  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 or SCOTUS refunds. For making it through, you deserve Jorts the Cat’s fun beachy summer style 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 sleep because I sure need it!

Year 6, Week 22 (June 12-18)


We had another week of January 6 hearings, and somehow, things feel a bit more optimistic now than they did last week. I’m not sure if that’s the changing poll numbers regarding people who want Trump charged or the DOJ confirming that it’s paying attention, but honestly, either way? 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 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:

Basically half the news this week is January 6 hearings on the Election Rejection front.  Here’s what I have for you:


Though some of his updates go under the Bad and the Good respectively, I did want to spend a few minutes on the ongoing negotiations for responsible gun legislation, which as I mentioned last week are part of Biden Rebuilding.  Here’s what has happened:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:

  • Recent Biden Resilience. I was really hoping we’d have more good news this week than just Lizzo (no offense, Lizzo), and I’m really glad to be reporting on something positive Biden did for once. More specifically, he signed a relatively robust LGBTQI+ executive order package on Thursday–just in time for Pride, as the administration is quick to stress. I’m decidedly underwhelmed by the conversion therapy provisions, which seem less designed to prevent a blatantly torturous practice and more designed to just shake administrative heads at it vaguely reproachfully. That said, I do think there are a number of more valuable provisions in there, including guidance for educational, foster and adoption systems as well as expansion to gender affirming medical care.

So that’s what I have for this week, and I think it was more than enough. For making it through, you deserve this extremely fierce living roomba 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 flavor of ice cream!