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:

* A Republican senator acknowledged that “there is a need for some reflection” within the GOP in the wake of the massacre in Tucson, and that political figures need to remember that “tone matters.” The senator, however, was so worried about blowback for expressing this sentiment, he/she refused to go on the record.

* An aide to former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R) would us believe a rifle’s crosshairs, targeting Democrats, were actually “surveyor’s symbols.”

* One can believe that the Tucson shooter was a mentally-unstable madman and believe that the right needs to tone down its rhetoric.

* Daniel Hernandez, a 20-year-old intern for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D), may have very well saved the congresswoman’s life with his heroics on Saturday.

And on Saturday, before coverage of the Tucson shootings began, we talked about:

* Congressional Democrats are starting the 112th Congress in a feisty mood, and don’t seem inclined to back down (at least not yet).

* Bill O’Reilly is convinced that the tides are evidence of divine intervention.

* Some far-right lawmakers still aren’t done trying to reinstate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, the unsatisfying Senate Finance Committee investigation into shady televangelists.

* National Review saw no problem with publishing a defense of a convicted money launderer (Tom DeLay) written by an accused money launderer (Ralph Reed).

* Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) really wanted the chairmanship of the House’s immigration subcommittee. He didn’t get it.

* The 1.1 million jobs created in the United States in 2010 wasn’t especially impressive. The total did, however, surpass the net gain from Bush’s entire presidency.