This was a very eventful week, and a lot of it was even promising! (I suggest you don’t think too hard about the fact that people bringing lawsuits about illegal things and requiring humans to get basic vaccines is promising. Just take the endorphins and call it a day.)

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 indictment!–but all offroad adventures are marked with…


By this point, it’s late enough into Biden’s tenure to see what normal looks like under a competent administration, and frankly, normal under a competent politician still kind of sucks. There is a lot of work to do, and the news this week really highlights that. I’ll have some suggestions for response below, and I’m here if people need 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…


Well readers, I’m back, and just in time for yet another clearance sale here at Bargain Basement Dystopiaville. The writers have really jumped the shark this week, so I recommend reading this with your comfort food of choice.

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 procedural hurdle!–but all offroad adventures are marked with an asterisk. And, of course, for the things that are…


The news continues to be A Lot for another week, and COVID stories in particular continue to show a country that is bizarrely divided over simple questions of health. It’s very exhausting, but I’m here if anybody 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 a procedural hurdle!–but all offroad adventures are marked with an asterisk. And, of course, for the things that…


This was a major news week for COVID, which is pretty noteworthy when there’s COVID news basically every week. If you can’t catch up on everything, I strongly recommend you catch up on that section, and after that I strongly suggest you eat some comfort food. And, because the news kind of sucks, my chocolate stash and I are 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…


I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but I needed a nap even before I caught up on this week’s news. Then I read about the past week, and I needed a nap that lasted all season. Tragically, bears only hibernate in winter–but hey, at least we have the NNR!

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 voting law!–but all offroad adventures…


Somehow, this week’s news feels like a firehose and a slow news week at the same time, which is kind of a neat trick. Though there are only a few main major stories, those stories all have significant and interrelated developments, and the week’s COVID news is particularly extra. All told, the net result is a weird week that makes it hard to see which end is up, but at least I get to write about civil disobedience.

Standard standing reminders still apply: I am no journalist, though I play one in your inbox or browser, so I’m mostly summarizing…


In light of attacks on our democracy, as well as federal recognition of Juneteenth as a holiday, I think a lot of us are trying to decide what July 4th means to us this year. I’m no exception, though I can’t say I’ve reached any firm conclusions–all I know is that we have a lot of work left to do.

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…


The Pacific Northwest is currently fielding a dangerous heat dome that brings unprecedented high temperatures to the entire region, and the heat wave of humid New England is no picnic either. So it’s lukewarm comfort that the news, at least, could honestly be a lot worse.

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 infrastructure package!–but all offroad adventures are marked with an asterisk…


It’s another relatively weird news week, though this feels less like the news holding its breath and more like Groundhog Day. I’ll have all the repeats for you below–though nobody enjoys a rerun week, I suppose this could have been worse.

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…

Kara Hurvitz

Boots on the ground for social change, one step at a time.

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