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:

* Fox News viewers struggle to understand current events. Try to contain your surprise.

* Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl’s (R-Ariz.) approach to New START negotiations is pretty much the opposite of good-faith talks.

* During the debate on DADT repeal, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was a bitter, cantankerous ass. But that’s just the half of it.

* The Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act still has a pulse, but time is running out.

* The fact that eight GOP senators voted for DADT repeal — more than expected — signals a larger cultural shift.

* Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) skipped Saturday’s key votes to attend a family Christmas party. That’s really not an acceptable excuse.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* The repeal of the DADT policy is a breakthrough victory, and there’s plenty of credit to go around.

* The news on the Hill was not all good — a Republican filibuster killed the DREAM Act.

* Putting Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on the House Intelligence Committee is ridiculous, and quite possibly dangerous.

* In “This Week in God,” we covered several developments of note, including prominent Republican leaders rallying behind religious right organizations recently labeled “hate groups.”

* McCain’s dismissal of the 9/11 health bill has led some New Yorkers to label him “McWeasel.”

* Florida may join Wisconsin and Ohio in the group of states that inexplicably turns down high-speed-rail funds from the federal government.

* The latest arguments against New START aren’t just wrong; they’re incoherent.

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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.