National News Roundup: Year 5, Week 32 (August 22–28)

Well readers, I’m back, and just in time for yet another clearance sale here at Bargain Basement Dystopiaville. The writers have really jumped the shark this week, so I recommend reading this with your comfort food of choice.

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 procedural hurdle!–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:

Weirdly, and a bit concerningly, there isn’t really any Election Rejection news from the last couple of weeks. That said, there has still been plenty of Biden Rebuilding news amid the rest of this week’s cacophony. Here’s what has happened:

Your New Normal:

  • Climate Change Crises.* Natural disasters continue to arise at a very unnatural clip as climate change, well, changes our baseline for weather. In Tennessee, flash flooding caused major devastation outside of Nashville on Saturday. This was immediately followed by a cat 4 hurricane touching down in New Orleans on Sunday, leaving nearly 1 million people without power for the foreseeable future. The storm made landfall on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, because irony is dead, and almost certainly was exacerbated by climate change.
  • Supreme Court Screwup. Unfortunately, the other new mainstay to pop up in the news this week sucks too. The Supreme Court, illustrating why appointments matter, temporarily blocked reinstatement of a terrible and probably illegal Trump era asylum policy known as Remain-in-Mexico, only to pull a 180 and order the policy reinstated in its final opinion. I would need to do a deeper immigration law dive than I’m prepared to do to really unpack just how kangaroo this court ruling is, but it has serious consequences for families exercising their lawful right to seek asylum. It’s sort of like if you had a stint with an awful boss who prohibited using the elevator and forced your whole team to climb seven flights of stairs every day. Then when you got a new boss, they immediately said “that’s ridiculous, this building has elevators” and rescinded the policy. But then your boss’s boss, who got hired by the first guy, declares it against company policy to go back to using the elevators, even though your office always used the elevators before your jerk boss banned them for no reason. That’s kind of like what happened, except the elevators in this scenario are living in relative safety in the U.S., and the seven sets of stairs are living in a whole other country that doesn’t want you there and can’t necessarily guarantee your safety while you’re, y’know, definitionally fleeing for your life.

The Bad:

The Good:

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 lesser kudu scritches 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 a time turner and some Icy Hot!

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