National News Roundup: Year 2, Week 7 (March 4–10)

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It’s getting harder and harder to even tell what’s weird anymore, y’all, because it’s all becoming a blur of inane and terrible oddity. One reader recently suggested I just create a Cartesian Plane of Weird and Bad, and chart out a little graph every week. Frankly, I’m starting to consider it.

Standard standing reminders apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m only summarizing the news within my area of expertise. This week’s news contains some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise — I’m a lawyer, not a golf course! — but all offroad adventures are marked with an asterisk. Okay, I think that’s about it for the disclaimers. Onward to the news!

Constitutional Crisis Corners:

Mueller appears to be gaining the upper hand again in the Russia Investigation, though it’s perhaps a bit early to tell. Here’s the quick summary:

Meanwhile, as Mueller charges further ahead in his investigation, the Trump administration is mired in several Conflict of Interest and Emolument Clause scandals at once. Here’s what’s going on:

Your “Normal” Weird:

The Bad:

The Good:

And that’s all the news that’s fit to print, and frankly several pieces that aren’t. I’m still holding out hope that next week will be a better news week, because you never know, water might not be wet next week. But either way, I’ll be here, letting you know what’s up.


National News Roundup: Truncated Holiday Special! (Part 2)


Hello, and welcome to 2018! Well okay, Day 2 of 2018. But so far so good! We made it through 2017, and hopefully this year will be better, and in the meantime enjoy this sampling of New Year News. Same format as last week: Brief bullets with the best, the worst, and the weirdest. It’s the latest in resolution crazes!

Standard standing reminders still apply, though: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m only summarizing the news within my area of expertise. This week’s news contains some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise — I’m a lawyer, not an ambassador! — but all offroad adventures are marked with an asterisk. Okay, I think that’s about it for the disclaimers. Onward to the Special!

The Weirdest:

The Worst:

The Best:

And that’s the New Year News, folks! We go back to our regular routine next week, with the news coming out on again on Monday, January 9. Until then: Keep on keepin’ on.