National News Roundup: Year 4, Week 37 (September 27 — October 3)

Kara Hurvitz
6 min readOct 6, 2020


I read my intro from last week as I began drafting this evening and had a good, long laugh–apparently, I thought that week’s news cycle was particularly accelerated. (Oh you sweet summer Kara.) Needless to say, we’ve all aged a hundred years since I wrote that, and news stories are flying incredibly fast. Daily summaries like WTFJHT remain particularly helpful as we all try to make sense of the chaos.

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 rose garden!–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:

Given everything going on, nobody is talking about Trump’s tax returns anymore, which is itself a new low for Disregard of Governing Norms–but the current chaos on this front is so bad that it might not even matter. Here’s what I have for you:

Your “Normal” Weird:

The Bad:

The Good:

  • Recent Court Resilience. There were a few bright spots from a court perspective this week, though much of the news was a hot mess. The judge who blocked the administration’s attempts to curtail census counting has issued a clarifying judgement making it extra super-duper clear that yes, the census counting must continue until October 31 despite everything going on. And in Florida, a movement in response to a recent court decision has donors supporting re-enfranchisement efforts for those convicted of crimes, including paying court fees so that people are eligible to vote. It’s a coalition effort that is making a real difference for the collective re-enfranchisement of a very marginalized group–one that had been denied the right to vote for life for a long time before the right was granted by majority referendum. Especially in 2020, it means a lot to see groups pushing back against court efforts to overrule that collective will.

So that’s what I have for this week, and I think we can agree that it’s more than enough. For making it through, you deserve this turtlesukkah and an eventual better government. I’ll be back next week with more (and hopefully less chaotic) 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 caffeine because I will obviously need it!



Kara Hurvitz

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