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.