From the weekend

FROM THE WEEKEND…. Reader reactions were positive last week, so let’s make this a standard Monday-morning feature. Here’s a recap of what we covered over the weekend:

On Sunday, we talked about…

* E.J. Dionne Jr. dropped the pretense and described Fox News as a “Republican propaganda network.”

* Why it’s still a mistake to characterize Tea Partiers as a “movement.”

* Extremist Senate candidate Pat Toomey is comfortable describing moderate Dems as “extremists.”

* An unintentionally amusing congressional candidate in Pennsylvania seems deeply confused about the meaning of the word “specifics.”

* Former President Bill Clinton’s campaign efforts are pretty impressive, but 1994 remains relevant history.

* Voters who eat food may have a problem with a congressional candidate in Arizona running on a pro-salmonella platform.

And on Saturday…

* Why the right’s fringe seems so much more extreme than the left’s.

* Why it’s deeply silly for GOP leaders to think the Recovery Act caused unemployment.

* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, why it’s a shame the Justice Department actually has to explain in Tennessee that Islam is a religion.

* The conventional wisdom about which party is “pro-military” is neither conventional nor wise.

* When it comes to his extremist allies, Glenn Beck doesn’t want to believe his lying eyes.

* And Democrats looking for a morale boost will love the latest Newsweek poll, though that doesn’t necessarily make it right.

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