Year 7, Week 1 (January 15-21)


The NNR starts counting from Inauguration Weekend every year, which means that this trip round the sun, we happen to coincide with the East Asian cultural sphere’s Lunar New Year! Though it’s off to a tough start, I’m still hopeful that the Year of the Rabbit (or Year of the Cat, depending upon who you ask) will ultimately live up to its reputation. Rest assured that if it doesn’t, I will tell you about it.

Standard standing reminders still apply: I may be starting a seventh year of journalism, 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 committee!–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 was a bit of a disturbing week on the Election Rejection news front. Here’s what has happened:


Meanwhile in Biden Rebuilding, the scandal story continues to grow more heads.  Here’s what I have for you:


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 dramatic reenactment 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 tea blends!

Year 6, Week 52 (January 8-14)


Much like my dog every time he goes outside, the news seems unsure where it is going this week. We have a lot of meandering threads that continue from last week, with little resolution in sight. Nonetheless, the NNR will keep you posted on the updates.

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 gas stove!–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:

Since it’s otherwise a quiet week for Election Rejection news, now seems like a fine time to catch everyone up on the Santos saga. Here’s what has happened:


Meanwhile in Biden Rebuilding, the scandal story from last week has grown more heads.  Here’s what I have for you:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s all I have for this week, and here’s hoping it doesn’t get worse. For making it through, you deserve these penguin bros 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 head scritches for my dog!

Year 6, Week 51 (January 1-7)


Well, another week has happened, and we once again have as many questions as answers. That said, we did at least see the stunning conclusion to Mr. Speaker’s Wild Ride–so now the official House dysfunction can truly begin.

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 Rules package!–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:

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the changing of the guard, this was a quiet week for Election Rejection news. Here’s what has happened:


The Biden Rebuilding updates, surprisingly, look a lot like the above this week.  Here’s what I have for you:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:

  • Climate Change Catastrophes (cont). A lot of media attention is (rightfully) turning to ongoing severe storms in California, which have created mudslides and flooding throughout the state. The storms have led to evacuation of hundreds of thousands and killed at least seventeen people as I type this; it has also left hundreds of thousands without power. The conditions contrast dramatically with the ongoing three-year drought that the state experienced, which only ended this past fall. Needless to say, it’s a rough situation that may get worse before it gets better.

The Good:


So that’s all I have for this week, and here’s hoping it doesn’t get worse. For making it through, you deserve baby hippo zoomies 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 Tumblr posts!

Year 6, Weeks 49-50 (December 18-31)


Hello, and welcome to 2023! The last few weeks of the year went much like the rest of 2022 did: There were some wins, some rough moments, and a lot of “what just happened.”

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 report!–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:

The end of the year remained a relatively frenetic time for Election Rejection news. Here’s what has happened:


The Biden Rebuilding updates are once again mostly legislative, but they’re nonetheless big news for Biden.  Here’s what I have for you:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s all I have from the holidays, and here’s hoping it doesn’t get worse. For making it through, you deserve this cat eating a sweet potato 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 notes about your tai chi exercises!

Year 6, Week 48 (December 11-17)


This week was pretty eventful as everyone gears up for the holidays, but there’s still a surprising dearth of horrorshow news. It’s a Hanukkah miracle, y’all. (Speaking of holidays, the NNR will take its customary end-of-year break after this roundup. Barring any unforeseen nightmare news, we will return in the new year on Tuesday, January 3.)

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 indictment!–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:

This is a relatively big week on the Election Rejection front. Here’s what we are tracking:


The Biden Rebuilding updates are once again mostly about other branches interacting with the Biden agenda, though we do have one story from the Fed.  Here’s what I have for you:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s all I have for this week, and for that, we can all be grateful. For making it through, you deserve this baby tortoise routine 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 47 (December 4-10)


The news was conspicuously quiet this week, all things considered, which makes me suspicious that it is planning something. In the short term, I’ll take the quiet news week, but let’s all brace for the worst over the holidays just to be on the safe side.

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:

The flow of Election Rejection stories is starting to lessen a bit as I type this, but there’s still a lot to cover. Here’s what has happened:


The Biden Rebuilding updates this week are really more about the legislative side, but they do involve Biden’s agenda pretty directly.  Here’s what I have for you:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s all I have for this week, and for that, we can all be grateful. For making it through, you deserve this baby pangolin 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 blueprints for my house in Valheim!

Year 6, Week 46 (November 27–December 3)


I assume, Dear Reader, that you are just as sick of reading “it’s another bad news week” as I am of typing it. Nonetheless, here we are another week, with even the Good news being kind of a bummer. The roundups will continue until morale improves.

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:

The flow of Election Rejection stories is starting to lessen a bit as I type this, but there’s still a lot to cover. Here’s what has happened:


There’s also a lot of misery happening on the Biden Rebuilding front.  Here’s what I have for you:


Your New Normal:

  • House Changing of the Guard. We got more news on House leadership this week, with Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked protege Hakeem Jeffries becoming the Dem’s Minority Leader for the next session. Jeffries will be the party’s first Black House leader, and it’s likely he will continue to take centrist positions on most issues. The new Dem whip will be Katherine Clark, and Pete Aguilar will be the caucus chairman.

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 tippy tappies 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 44.5 (November 15-26)


Folks, I really appreciate your patience last week during a traumatic time for those of us in the LGBTQIA+ community. Now that we’ve had a bit of a breather over the long weekend, the NNR is back and ready to tackle the last week and a half. And ho boy, is there a lot to tackle.

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, even with elections over there is still a lot to report. 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:


So that’s all I have for this week, and I think we can agree that it’s more than enough. For making it through, you deserve this cat parkour 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 recipe for pumpkin pie!

Year 6, Week 43 (November 6-12)


For yet another week, we’re continuing the theme of “more election news than you can shake a stick at,” and not all results are even in as I type this. Given the Georgia runoff election, we definitely won’t be done with election news for another several weeks–but there is nonetheless a lot to report. I’ll continue to keep folks 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 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, we have less than I feared but still more than I want to report. 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:


So that’s all I have for this week, and I think we can agree that it’s more than enough. For making it through, you deserve this felinterior designer 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 42 (October 30–November 5)


We’re continuing last week’s theme of “more election rejection news than you can shake a stick at,” and as promised last week, the NNR is here to keep folks posted in the final days ahead of the midterms. Though I’m not in the business of reading tea leaves regarding what will happen in a particularly unpredictable election tomorrow, there’s still a lot of news to report.

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:


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 unusual cat transit method 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 new blends of herbal tea because we’re running low!