Odd week -- there was sure a lot of news going on, day to day, but I'm not sure what really stuck with me that mattered. For example, we had a GOP debate and more churn in the polling, but I don't think anything really changed that matters this week: it's still a Romney/Perry race, and Perry still isn't doing anything to help himself, and there are still a bunch of other candidates around soaking up a lot of attention.
I'm also not sure that the final (for now anyway) demise of the Obama jobs plan in the Senate was really something that mattered, at least not to where we've been on that for a while. Last week was when Occupy Wall Street and the associated protests jumped to national attention; nothing much changed there, either, that I know of. I suppose Congress finally managed to deal with the trade agreements, so that's something.
The CLASS Act died. Again, something important, but something that's been in the cards for a while.
I see in the news just now the administration is confirming (admitting? promising?) that they're not going to keep any troops in Iraq next year. I've been saying for a while that politically, the range that they've been talking about didn't seem very important to me, but I know if the latest news is confirmed a lot of people will be pleased (and, I think, surprised; it's worth going back and looking at what some people predicted).
Is the prisoner swap in Israel important? I'm not sure.
The one thing that clearly matters is the European economic situation; I guess it was more or less a good week there, no?
OK, that's what I have: what do you think mattered this week?