Year 5, Week 21 (June 6-12)


It took me a couple of days to realize why the news felt so weird to me this week, and eventually I put my finger on it–other than some failed shenanigans in Texas, there’s no state news about election rejection this week. That feels particularly jarring after so much coverage, and I don’t for a moment believe we’re out of those woods. But I guess maybe we found a clearing.

Standard standing reminders still apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m mostly summarizing the news within my area of expertise. NNR summaries often contain some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise–I’m a lawyer, not a Joe Manchin!–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:

As I mentioned above, there’s no election rejection news this week, but Biden Rebuilding news is all over the place. Here’s what I have for you this week:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and I think it was more than enough. For making it through, you deserve this fluffball and a more consistently improved 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 of sleep!

Year 5, Week 20 (May 30–June 5)


I don’t even know what’s happening with the news anymore, y’all. It feels like everything is holding its breath, and I don’t know if that’s good or bad–did we just dive underwater, or are we going into anaphylactic shock? Your guess is as good as mine!

Standard standing reminders still apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m mostly summarizing the news within my area of expertise. NNR summaries often contain some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise–I’m a lawyer, not a Joe Manchin!–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’s not as mind-numbingly painful as it was last week, but Election Rejection news is still going strong. Here’s what I have for you this week:


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. For making it through, you deserve these sad aliens and a more consistently improved 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 a better senator from West Virginia!

Year 5, Week 19 (May 23-29)


I can’t tell if the news is actually getting worse every week, or if it just feels that way because it’s so full of reruns from 2020. At any rate, this week has felt downright Trumpian, and I can’t say I enjoy the experience.

Standard standing reminders still apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m mostly summarizing the news within my area of expertise. NNR summaries often contain some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise–I’m a lawyer, not a statehouse!–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:

After our moment of relative calm last week, Election Rejection news has gone absolutely bonkers again. Here’s what I have for you:


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. For making it through, you deserve this study in doggo contrasts and a more consistently improved 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 a better news cycle for real this time!

Year 5, Week 18 (May 16-22)


This week the news was A Lot in every sense of the term, and navigating it is about as fun as following the Ever Given into the Suez canal. I’ve kept it to the stories I think are most developed and most essential, but we’ve got some pretty rough waters ahead of us. Suffice to say, I’ll try not to steer us into any icebergs.

Standard standing reminders still apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m mostly summarizing the news within my area of expertise. NNR summaries often contain some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise–I’m a lawyer, not a court case!–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:

Weirdly, this was a moment of lucidity for Election Rejection news, even though most stories this week are a whole thing. Here’s what I have for you:


After much consideration, I’ve decided to also start up a separate section for theHeritage Foundation Nightmare Factory–though these new state trends started out as election rejection fodder,they keep multiplying and mutating every week, and now many of them have nothing to do with voting. At any rate, here’s what I have for you that’s unrelated to scary voting news:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:

  • Recent Immigration Resilience. Improbably, the good news this week is about immigration! For us local folks in Massachusetts, it’s helpful to know that a particularly notorious ICE center in Bristol County (as well as another one in GA) is being closed due to egregious abuses that have been documented as occurring there, and the contracts are also being revoked. But there’s good news on the national stage too; lawyers have reunited 54 more children separated under the Zero Tolerance campaign. It’s not a final resolution, and of course reunification cannot undo all the trauma that was caused for these families by the policy in the first place. But their reunification still matters, and it’s important to note and celebrate it.

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry, there are no news refunds. For making it through, you deserve British period ocean dramatics and a more consistently improved 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 a better news cycle!

Year 5, Week 17 (May 9-15)


I struggled a lot this week about whether to tackle the current Gaza conflict–it’s an issue I care about a great deal, and we need to be talking about it. But in the end, I decided that writing about it would be a trip out of my lane until the U.S. gets more directly involved. I’m happy to talk with folks directly about my thoughts–I assure you, I have many!–and I’m here if I can help anyone process. These are still rough times, y’all.

Standard standing reminders still apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m mostly summarizing the news within my area of expertise. NNR summaries often contain some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise–I’m a lawyer, not a pipeline!–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 was something of a weird week for Election Rejection, but by this point I’m pretty sure these stories are the news and not some bad mushrooms. Here’s what I have for you:


This was also an interesting week for Biden Rebuilding, given the larger backdrop of foreign affairs news. Here’s what I have for you:


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.  For making it through,  you deserve this excited puppy dance and a more consistently improved 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 night to sleep!

Year 5, Week 15 (April 25–May 1)


Happy belated May Day, readers, whatever that term means to you! (To me, it is International Workers’ Day, but this year it was also a record number of other things, so don’t let me structure your experience.)

Standard standing reminders still apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m mostly summarizing the news within my area of expertise. NNR summaries often contain some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise–I’m a lawyer, not a labor law!–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 pretty light on Election Rejection stories this week, but we do have a Terrible State Du Semaine. Here’s what I have for you:


We also continue to track stories on the Biden Rebuilding fronts as well, which are a bit more varied than usual.  Here’s what has happened in the past week:  


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. For making it through, you deserve CIA Otter and a more consistently improved 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 of sleep!

Year 5, Week 14 (April 18-24)


To say this week is an improvement from last week is to say that Detroit is wetter than the Sahara, but I suppose that progress is still progress. At any rate, several stories have improved from last week. That said, not all have, and Black lives still matter.

Standard standing reminders still apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m mostly summarizing the news within my area of expertise. NNR summaries often contain some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise–I’m a lawyer, not a labor law!–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 back to more specific stories on Election Rejection, and they’re at least slightly less horrifying overall, though that’s not saying much. Here’s what I have for you:


We also continue to track stories on the Biden Rebuilding fronts as well, which are a bit more varied than usual.  Here’s what has happened in the past week:  

  • Recognizing Armenian Genocide.* Biden took the largely symbolic step this week of directly acknowledging that much of the world observes Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day on April 24 each year because the Ottoman Empire’s massacre of Armenian people was, in fact, the first major genocide of the twentieth century. This is a pretty basic truth that the U.S. has declined to acknowledge for over a hundred years, despite many other countries doing so, due to its alliance with Turkish government. I’m inclined to think that recognition of genocide is important all by itself, given the surplus of literal Nazis littering the political landscape, but it’s also worth noting that this move highlights our current strained relations with Turkey.

Your New Normal:

  • Congressional Updates Again.  Congressional news was mostly continuations of the past week, but they were positive continuations so I’ll take it.  In the House, the DC statehood bill passed by 216-208 vote, though it’s not clear what will happen in the Senate.  But speaking of the Senate, that COVID-19 antiracism bill passed by an incredible 94-1 vote, and unsurprisingly the sole dissenter was human treasonous garbage pile Josh Hawley.  And for some reason (well, “some reason”), Republicans wanted to censure Maxine Waters for a vague statement advocating civil disobedience, but that failed along 216-210 party line votes as well.

The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and it was more than enough. For making it through, you deserve these otters trying out sparkling water and a more consistently improved 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 photos of delicious salads!

Year 5, Week 13 (April 11-17)

Advocacy!

I’m big mad that the same intro remains relevant for two weeks in a row, but frankly, this past week was A Lot, and we all are still pretty weary. Suffice to say, we still have so much work to do, and I’m here if I can help.

Standard standing reminders still apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m mostly summarizing the news within my area of expertise. NNR summaries often contain some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise–I’m a lawyer, not a Bitcoin!–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 continue to get updates on Election Rejection, although this week it’s a bit broader than average. Here’s what I have for you:


We also continue to track stories on the Biden Rebuilding fronts as well.  Here’s what has happened in the past week:  


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:


So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry, there are still no news refunds. For making it through, and in celebration of my upcoming birthday, you deserve Kiss from a Rose by Seals and this gradation of birthday singing, as well as a more consistently improved 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 memes with seals in them!

Year 5, Week 12 (April 4-10)


This week was A Lot, and I think we’re all pretty weary. Suffice to say, a new government is not a perfect government, and we have work to do. I’m here if anyone needs anything.

Standard standing reminders still apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m mostly summarizing the news within my area of expertise. NNR summaries often contain some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise–I’m a lawyer, not an All Star game!–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 continue to get updates on Election Rejection, with further updates on last week’s new salvo. Here’s what I have for you:


We are continuing to track stories on the Biden Rebuilding fronts as well.  Here’s what has happened in the past week:


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:

  • Recent State Resilience. Though there are some scary pieces of legislation brewing in statehouses right now, we actually saw a couple of cool laws this week that deserve their own mention. In Kentucky, legislators voted to expand voting rights, making some of the state’s COVID-related changes more permanent. Meanwhile, Maryland voted to expand police accountability considerably, which is a welcome step in the correct direction especially given the paragraph above.

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry, there are still no news refunds. For making it through, you deserve this unimpressed frog and a more consistently improved 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 happy photos of yourself!

Year 5, Week 11 (March 28–April 3)


This is the first roller coaster week I think we’ve had in a little while; it had a lot of notable dips but we also had some exciting advances. (Though I would prefer an abjectly good week, I’ll take the wins where I can!)

Standard standing reminders still apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m mostly summarizing the news within my area of expertise. NNR summaries often contain some detailed analysis that’s outside my expertise–I’m a lawyer, not an All Star game!–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 continue to get updates on Election Rejection, with further updates on last week’s new salvo. Here’s what I have for you:


We are continuing to track stories on the Biden Rebuilding fronts as well.  Here’s what has happened in the past week:  


Your New Normal:


The Bad:


The Good:

  • Recent Medical Advances. In other “I can’t believe I’m typing this” news–of the good kind, not the Trump kind–an early study shows 97% effectiveness of a novel HIV vaccine. We definitely need to do more research, but it’s tentatively looking like breakthroughs that resulted in COVID vaccines may have implications for HIV infection as well.

So that’s what I have for this week, and it’s more than enough. For making it through, you deserve this angry octopus and a more consistently improved 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 cookies because the holiday ended!