National News Roundup: Year 5, Week 36 (September 19–25)

Kara Hurvitz
5 min readSep 28, 2021


If it seems like you’ve heard this week’s stories before, that’s because you have–every single one of this week’s topics is a continuation from a previous week. In some instances, this is very frustrating, but in others, it’s reassuring; dumpster fires won’t change if nobody stands there with a hose.

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 Joe Manchin!–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 a surprisingly active week for Election Rejection news, and the stories compose yet another very mixed bag. Here’s what happened:

I’m still pretty disgusted by this week’s Biden Rebuilding news, and we should still be demanding that this administration do better. Here’s what I have for you:

Your New Normal:

The Bad:

The Good:

  • Roe v. Why Are You Like This Reprise (again again). Speaking of forced birth politics, the fight against SB8 continues for another week. The major win this week is that the House successfully voted to enact federal reproductive rights protections. Though this is by no means a panacea, it’s an important first step for many of the different paths we need to be treading, and directed action is the way to get walking. So for now, I’ll take it.

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 queer cover of ‘Jolene‘ 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 Tardis so that I can fix this timeline!



Kara Hurvitz

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