National News Roundup: Year 3, Week 51 (January 5–11)

Kara Hurvitz
5 min readJan 14, 2020


Well, this week was… a little bit calmer? Not for me personally, sadly–but at least the news features less literal and figurative fire. We take progress where we can get it in this household.

Standard standing reminders 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 campaign staffer!–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!

Constitutional Crisis Corners:

At the time that I type this, Whistleblowing Ukraine Biden Bingo is still paused in a tug-o-war but moving towards some kind of dissatisfactory resolution. Here’s a quick summary of the uncertainty:

I’ve decided to just file the entirety of Iran updates this week under Disregard of Governing Norms, because that’s more-or-less what we’re seeing here. These are the updates:

Your “Normal” Weird:

The Bad:

The Good:

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry about the mess. For making it through, you deserve this story about vultures taking over CBP’s radio tower 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 good health for our household!



Kara Hurvitz

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