OK, this feature is not really needed this time around: I certainly do believe that the tax cut deal mattered. Anyone want to argue the other way?
I don't think that any of yesterday's festivities (Bernie Sanders holding forth on the Senate floor, Bill Clinton in the White House briefing room) were all that important, although they were good fun for political junkies. But the overall deal -- yup, that's a big deal.
We also had action on DADT, DREAM, and to a lesser degree on New START, although I don't believe that any of the shuffling this week either killed those measures or put them over the top. Hard to believe that all three will survive at this point, but there should be time for at least one of them -- more than one, and perhaps three, if Harry Reid and the Democrats use every possible hour remaining. And if they have the votes -- DADT certainly does, but I'm not sure about the other two.
What else? What do you think mattered this week?