National News Roundup: Year 2, Week 50 (December 27-January 5)

Kara Hurvitz
6 min readJan 8, 2019


Improbably, the news was almost… quiet this past week and a half? Although there was another week of government shutdown, a new Congress, and a lot of Trump yelling, so it might be more accurate to call the news was ‘stabilized.’ Honestly, given how incredibly volatile the previous week had been, I can’t say I’m sad to get a bit of a breather; at least it gives me a chance to catch up!

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 shutdown! — 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:

We saw a huge amount of Disregard of Governing Norms this week — between a new, Dem-controlled House in session and the ongoing shutdown, this section is the real meat and potatoes of the week’s news. Here are the main things to know from this past week:

After such a frenetic few weeks, things feel creepy-quiet on the Russia Investigation front, but given that Mueller just extended his grand jury another six months it’s likely to be the quiet before a storm. Here is the main thing to know this week:

Your “Normal” Weird:

The Bad:

The Good:

So that’s what I have for this week, and it was a good amount for me! For making it through, you deserve this San Jose councilman getting sworn in over Captain America’s shield and an eventual better government. I’ll be back next week with more (and hopefully better) 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 lungs that enjoy human existence!



Kara Hurvitz

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