For purposes of this feature, the week stretches from last week's post to now -- and I was a day late last week, so it's Sunday through today.
I'm going to leave Tucson alone in this post, other than to say that I disagree with those who want to make too much of the effect of all this on Sarah Palin. Yes, her reaction was in some sense a missed opportunity, but it's the same now as it's always been: she would be well positioned to make a run for the nomination if she was able to do the kinds of things that presidential nominees need to do, but so far she's never shown either the interest or the ability to do those things. I don't think much changed this week.
So what else do we have? I'm open to arguments that Tunisia is important (beyond, obviously, to people who live there), but I'm not really convinced. I'll nominate something else. The Obama Administration's choice to again slightly loosen restrictions on contacts with Cuba was interesting, and even more interesting has been, so far, the generally quiet response. At least, my impression has been that it's quiet. If that continues to be the case, I'd expect further movement towards normalization, with possible consequences for Cuban-American relations, general American relations with Latin America and South America, Cuba itself, and, not least, Florida politics and therefore US politics. Of course, this week's news is only a small part of that, but I'll suggest it for something that mattered this week.
What do you think mattered this week?