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:

* Wanting the United States to strive to be a more perfect union is not unpatriotic. Someone ought to tell Rick Santorum.

* On Mother’s Day, the heartbreaking story of a pregnant 30-year-old Somali woman named Hinda Hassan isn’t just a personal tragedy; it also speaks to a larger policy truth.

* The case of the high school cheerleader pressured to root for her accused rapist deserves to be heard.

* With Wisconsin Republicans worried about losing recall elections, GOP state lawmakers are trying to ram through far-right proposals before voters can weigh in.

* Former Bush White House Chief of Staff Andy Card looks awfully petty whining about President Obama “pounding his chest” after bin Laden’s demise.

* Anyone still inclined to believe the media is “liberal” should check out the guest lists for the Sunday morning shows.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* The killing of bin Laden fits into a larger theme for the Obama team: this is an administration that does “big things.”

* If congressional Republicans are against the ideas they’re for, how can Democrats be expected to negotiate with them in good faith?

* Mike Huckabee believes Ronald Reagan would have “a very difficult, if not impossible, time being nominated in this atmosphere of the Republican Party.” I agree.

* In “This Week in God,” we talked about, among other things, the ongoing effort to make the National Day of Prayer as partisan as humanly possible.

* The GOP is outraged by the very idea of raising taxes — unless we’re talking about lower-income families.

* Energy policy is no longer a backburner issue.

* And, of course, we launched the redesigned

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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.