I'll tell you what I'm looking at: it's one more month that the US couldn't get through without troops dying in Iraq. Deaths there have returned to "normal" after spiking way up last month...still, we're still waiting for the first goose egg. US death in Iraq, January through May 2010: 33. This year, with a bit of May remaining: 24. And the last five months of 2010? Just 15. What matters? Whether the Obama Administration is really on course to be entirely out of Iraq, on its way out of Afghanistan, and closing things out in Libya, or not. I agree with those who emphasize that whenever American troops finally leave, there's a good chance that critics will say it was just a bit too soon. Can this president stand up to that? We'll see.
OK, that wasn't a perfect fit for "what mattered this week", but it's one of the things I'm looking at. A fair amount of shuffling in the GOP presidential field, with the possible entrance of Rick Perry certainly worth taking seriously. More stuff on appointments/confirmations. Some budget votes...I'm on record as not thinking that it's a big deal whether or not Republican Senators actually took a vote on the House (Ryan) budget, so I'm not convinced that one matters a lot, but others disagree. We had PATRIOT renewal...certainly important legislation, but not exactly a surprise (to me, at least).
I don't know -- what do you think mattered this week?