The usual. The economic news over the whole week actually wasn't all that bad, but the jobs report certainly was. Note that the jobs report swamps everything in the short run, but that over time it's only one piece of evidence. Certainly not a good one, though.
The biggest story of the week in electoral politics was probably the success of the Obama administration and various governors and other elected officials in avoiding the perception of failure in dealing with the hurricane. Of course, the hurricane itself mattered quite a bit for those whose lives it disrupted.
I don't know enough to know how much the EPA decision matters on substance (it's not just a question of the substance of what happens if Obama decides the other way; it's also about how the process plays out the other way). On the politics, I do think it matters, although perhaps a fair amount less than it seems in the immediate aftermath.
Libya, Syria...was there anything else in that part of the world? I suppose Israel's continuing efforts to spike it's successful relationships in the region is a story that matters (thinking Turkey this week).
Perhaps I missed it, but it seemed to me that there was a lot less cheerleading than I would have expected for Dick Cheney's book.
I've already said what I didn't think mattered: the flap over scheduling the president's speech. I should respond to a couple of points that commenters made, though. On the question of whether Obama risks getting a reputation as easy to roll...I think that's real, but I don't think this will be a significant contributor to that risk. It's just not significant enough. The EPA thing above, yes, but this one? I can't see it. And on the question of whether Obama risks getting a reputation of amateur hour: I could be wrong, but I don't think that's a significant problem for him right now.
So that's what I have. What do you think mattered this week?