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:

* Given the sledgehammer Newt Gingrich wants to take to the federal judicial system, maybe he shouldn’t call President Obama a radical.

* The Senate struck a bipartisan compromise on the payroll tax break. The House doesn’t care.

* On Iraq, John McCain believes President Obama deserves “scorn and disdain.” The bitter senator has that backwards.

* Rick Perry believes he can cut $5 trillion from a $3.7 trillion budget.

* The Des Moines Register endorsed Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination. Will it make a difference?

* The war in Iraq is, officially, over.

And on Saturday, we talked about:

* Mitt Romney tells a lot of “bald-faced lies.” It’s worth pondering why.

* Did Gingrich support an individual health care mandate in 2009? Sure, but so did just about every other Republican.

* If there are any tensions between President Obama and the Jewish community, it was hard to tell on Friday.

* House Republicans wanted all kinds of policy riders in the omnibus spending bill that will keep the government’s lights on through September. They didn’t get them.

* I’m fairly certain that Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), the chairman of the NRCC, has no idea what the payroll tax is or what it does.

* In “This Week in God,” we covered, among other things, the controversy over Lowe’s dropping its sponsorship of a TLC reality show about Muslim-American families.

* It wasn’t easy, but Senate leaders from both parties reached a sensible deal on extending the payroll tax for two months.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. 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.