*From the Holiday Weekend

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

On Sunday, we talked about:

* Congressional Republicans are floating the possibility of “the first default in history caused purely by insanity.”

* The latest in creative GOP complaining: President Obama visited troops in Afghanistan, but his plane touched down at the wrong time of day.

* President Obama is getting plenty of advice on how he should compromise to accommodate Republican demands. Why isn’t the GOP getting similar advice?

* House Republicans know they don’t have the votes necessary to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This month, they’re going to proceed anyway.

* George Will’s column on science and R&D was quite good. Too bad he lacks credibility on the subject.

On Saturday, we talked about:

* As of Saturday, some important improvements to the health care system took effect, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

* Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts wants the Senate to start confirming more judicial nominees. That’s good advice, which Senate Republicans will probably ignore.

* There are no “death panels” in the Affordable Care Act. There are, however, something resembling “death panels” in Arizona and Indiana, thanks to Republican gubernatorial administrations.

* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) handling of last week’s blizzard keeps getting worse.

And on Friday we talked about:

* The framers of the U.S. Constitution were many things, but they weren’t libertarians.

* Shaping the House’s procedural budget rules to give Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unilateral power is setting the stage for a disaster.

* The process of moving more than 110 pounds of Ukrainian highly enriched uranium over the holidays was arguably the biggest story we heard very little about.

* It’s a mistake to consider Christine O’Donnell one of 2010’s most important political, but her primary win last year was quite important in the larger context.

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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.