National News Roundup: Year 5, Week 51 (January 2–8)

Kara Hurvitz
4 min readJan 11, 2022

COVID news has center stage for yet another week, with everybody trying to make sense of this latest chaotic surge. We have more information on some things, and less on others, but I’ll do my best to boil it down for 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 subpoena!–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:

As you might expect on the one-year anniversary of January 6, there are a lot of Election Rejection updates to report. Here’s what I have for you:

Sadly, we’re still not seeing as much progress 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 think we can agree that it’s more than enough. For making it through, you deserve these puppies’ first grooming session 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 more hours in the day!



Kara Hurvitz

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