National News Roundup: Year 4, Week 49 (December 20–26)

Kara Hurvitz
6 min readDec 29, 2020


The frenetic pace of this week’s news is my fault, y’all–against all good sense, I mistakenly hoped that we’d get a quiet week over the holidays. (After four years of this, you’d think I would know better!)

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 an electoral college!–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:

Here we go again with yet another round of Election Rejection, as Trump refuses to wind down and the GOP refuses to deal with it. Again. Still. Here’s what I have for you:

That said, we also got an improbable amount of Disregard of Governing Norms–like I said, that’s on me for wanting a quiet week. Here’s what I have for you:

Your “Normal” Weird:

The Bad:

The Good:

Recent Court Resilience. We had a couple of good court moments this week. A U.S. federal district court judge issued a stay of Trump’s ban on diversity training from this past autumn in California, noting that the ban was “an insult to the[] work of addressing discrimination and injustice towards historically underserved communities.” And in Georgia, a class action suit regarding the unnecessary hysterectomies of women detained by ICE has grown to over 40 plaintiffs, highlighting just how seriously the September whistleblowing complaint is being taken by advocates.

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 seal getting nice pets 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 more hours in the day!



Kara Hurvitz

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