National News Roundup: Year 5, Week 17 (May 9–15)

Kara Hurvitz
5 min readMay 18, 2021

I struggled a lot this week about whether to tackle the current Gaza conflict–it’s an issue I care about a great deal, and we need to be talking about it. But in the end, I decided that writing about it would be a trip out of my lane until the U.S. gets more directly involved. I’m happy to talk with folks directly about my thoughts–I assure you, I have many!–and I’m here if I can help anyone process. These are still rough times, y’all.

Standard standing reminders still 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 pipeline!–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!

Cleanup In Aisle 45:

This was something of a weird week for Election Rejection, but by this point I’m pretty sure these stories are the news and not some bad mushrooms. Here’s what I have for you:

This was also an interesting week for Biden Rebuilding, given the larger backdrop of foreign affairs news. Here’s what I have for you:

Your New Normal:

The Bad:

The Good:

So that’s what I have for this week, and I’m sorry, there are no news refunds. For making it through, you deserve this excited puppy dance and a more consistently improved government. I’ll be back next week with more restructured and improved 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 night to sleep!



Kara Hurvitz

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