National News Roundup: Year 2, Week 9 (March 18–24)

This week was so bonkers even by our post-Trump standards that the New York Times put out an article on how bonkers it was. And they forgot a bunch of stuff! I think that tells y’all what you need to know about how this week’s roundup is gonna go. ^^;;;

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 tariff! — 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:

Just last week, this week had an impressive amount of Casual Disregard of Governing Norms. I’m starting to become concerned that this is going to be a new staple in the roundup, particularly because it seems to be accelerating as news of the Russia Investigation languishes. Here are the things to track this week:

Wow, that was a lot of stuff. Okay back to your Ordinarily Scheduled Disregard for Norms.

Just like last week, the Russia Investigation was upstaged by some of the incredible things going on just off-screen, but there were still one or two major things worth noting:

Your “Normal” Weird:

The Bad:

The Good:

And in addition to all the news above — and boy howdy, was that a lot of news — the Roundup itself has some news as well this week. First of all, I’m excited to announce the creation of a National News Roundup ask box — send me questions! Send me feedback! Send me pictures of your cat! I’ll do my best to respond in a timely fashion, and you can read responses in more-or-less real time on the site. (The mechanism for feedback may change as we make other changes, but some version of the ask box will remain from here on out.)

I’m also doing some restructuring and expanding in the next few weeks, and will hopefully have updates on that as more things get set up! In the near future, expect the creation of an actual mailing list, so that folks join and unsubscribe at their own behest in real time. I’m also actively expanding the NNR team right now, so if you would like to volunteer or share thoughts, please let me know! You now have this handy-dandy feedback mechanism you can use to reach out. 🙂