FROM THE WEEKEND…. We covered a fair amount of ground over the weekend. Here’s a quick overview of what you may have missed.
On Sunday, we talked about:
* As Republican governors eye major cuts to education, progressive activism isn’t (and shouldn’t be) limited to Madison.
* Bill Kristol, of course, is ready for U.S. military strikes in Libya. On a more serious note, the Arab League supports a no-fly zone.
* Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is prepared to put the global economy in jeopardy unless Democrats pay his ransom. He’s playing with fire, and we may all get burned.
* Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) latest gaffe isn’t just amusing, it’s also a reminder that she really doesn’t understand how little she understands.
* Wisconsin’s state Senate Democrats returned home on Saturday, and they were welcomed back by about 100,000 of their friends. The challenge will be maintaining this level of enthusiasm going forward.
And on Saturday, we talked about:
* Despite lacking any and all credibility on fiscal issues, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is making quite a few threats regarding the debt ceiling.
* Former First Lady Laura Bush opposes her own party’s efforts to cut foreign aid. She’s right.
* In Alaska, a militia’s violent plot was disrupted, and the accused are in custody. One wonders why House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) doesn’t take more of an interest.
* I’m glad Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine) are siding with Democrats on family planning funding. I’d be even more impressed if they hadn’t voted, just last week, to eliminate all funding for Title X and Planned Parenthood.
* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, discouraging Gallup data on public attitudes towards Muslim Americans and their patriotism.
* What’s more surprising, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) claiming German debt led to the Holocaust or Gohmert claiming to have read a history book?
* In Iowa, a live mic caught a number of Republican officials accidentally telling the truth.
* With an explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, conditions go from bad to worse in Japan.