National News Roundup: Year 4, Week 52 (January 10–16)

Kara Hurvitz
8 min readJan 19, 2021


Dear reader, I bet you will be shocked–just shocked–to learn that the 52nd week of Year 4 is chockablock and much of it is twitch-worthy. I take comfort in the belief that I’m hopefully viewing a last hurrah from the most venal and corrupt administration our country has ever seen. That said, though the Trump administration is ideally ending, the NNR is not! We may do some restructuring as we adjust to the Biden administration, but one way or another, we’ll still be here. There’s too much to do to stop.

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 Independence Mall!–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:

This week’s news on Election Rejection is probably a touch better than the week of the assault on the Capitol building complex, but not by much–as we learn more about the event, a lot of disturbing information has trickled out. Here’s what I have for you:

Because it’s their last chance to get them in, we also saw a great deal more Casual Disregard of Governing Norms this week. Here are the events to know:

Your “Normal” Weird:

The Bad:

The Good:

So that’s what I have for this week, and here’s hoping it’s the last Trump week I ever send you. For making it through all of that, you deserve SeaShantyTiktok and these animals interrupting photo shoots and an eventual better government. I’ll be back next week with more, potentially restructured, 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 a better place to put your comments!



Kara Hurvitz

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