From the Weekend

FROM THE WEEKEND…. We covered a fair amount of ground over the weekend. Here’s a quick overview of you may have missed.

On Sunday, we talked about:

* The incoming House Republican majority won’t shy away from culture-war issues, including efforts to restrict abortion rights. Will conservative excesses help Dems come together?

* Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy presented a timeless standard for religion, government, and politics. Sarah Palin thinks JFK had it backwards.

* Voters in Long Island’s Nassau County thought it’d be a good idea to elect a Tea Partier for county executive. It’s not working out well.

* Dana Milbank’s memory on the health care reform debate is deeply flawed.

* Wisconsin’s conservative incoming governor is already driving jobs and economic development out of the state.

* Fareed Zakaria considers whether Glenn Beck’s estimates on Islamic terrorism make any sense. (They don’t.)

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* Putting aside whether the tax deal is a good idea or a bad idea, it doesn’t constitute “triangulation.”

* Congressional Republicans opposed health care funding for 9/11 rescue workers. The media didn’t care.

* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, the unfortunate fact that Oklahoma’s foolish anti-Sharia efforts are spreading to other states.

* How exasperating are Republican tactics on the Hill? Even Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) is annoyed.

* Former President Bill Clinton holds court at the White House.

* And Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) makes the transition to progressive folk hero.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.