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:

* Where things stand in the debt-ceiling crisis Republicans created, as of 8 p.m. last night.

* The more House Speaker John Boehner pretends Democrats don’t control the Senate and the White House, the more likely it is the economy will crash.

* Nick Kristof goes there, argues in his print column that Republicans may be destroying the strength of the United States, due entirely to a fanatical agenda.

* Speaker Boehner believes he, unlike President Obama, is “worried about the country.” If that were true, why did he help launch the hostage crisis in the first place?

* If House Republicans focus more on avoiding blame than resolving the crisis they created, we’re all in deep trouble.

* There’s a real possibility that congressional Republicans will reject any plan President Obama approves of, simply because he approves of it.

* Speaker Boehner wants Congress to vote twice to raise the debt ceiling in less than a year. That’s bad for the country, and even worse for his own caucus.

* Speaker Boehner is pushing a two-phase plan to resolve the crisis he helped create. There’s a good reason Democrats are pushing back against it.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* Is this the worst Congress in American history? Probably.

* Tire rims and anthrax: why finding common ground is nearly impossible when one party is stark raving mad.

* In “This Week in God,” we talked about, among other things, Herman Cain’s apparent belief that Republican voters don’t like Mormons.

* House Republicans could save the day by trading one hostage for another — pass a clean debt-ceiling bill and then announce plans to shut down the government in September unless they get a bunch of cuts.

* Speaker Boehner thinks the debt ceiling “exists to force Washington to rein in spending.” That really doesn’t make any sense.

* The so-called “Grand Bargain” appears to be dead. It’s the best deal Republicans ever could have hoped to get from a Democratic president, but it wasn’t good enough for the radicalized House GOP.

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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.