National News Roundup: Year 5, Week 48 (December 12–18)

Kara Hurvitz
4 min readDec 21, 2021


I must have read the word ‘omicron’ a hundred times while I was compiling links this week, and I don’t mind telling you, I’m already sick of the word. But it’s going to see a lot of heavy rotation over the next few weeks, so I guess I need to get used to it.

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:

For yet another week, there are a lot of Election Rejection updates to report. Here’s what I have for you:

In comparison, things looked distressingly quiet on the Biden Rebuilding front. Here’s what has happened:

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 dog and his emotional support ball as well as 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 shows to stream you think I’d like!



Kara Hurvitz

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