The second Cold War isn't upon us. Photographer: Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP/Getty Images

What Mattered This Week?

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist. He taught political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw University and wrote A Plain Blog About Politics.
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What if I pick something that matters but not as much as people seem to believe? Is that fair?

There's so much overblown rhetoric about Russia right now ... I'm not going to say the events in Russia/Ukraine don't matter but the idea that we've entered a Second Cold War is just plain wrong.

What do you have? What do you think mattered this week?

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(Jonathan Bernstein covers U.S. politics for Bloomberg View. He is co-editor of "The Making of the Presidential Candidates 2012." Follow him onTwitter at @JBPlainblog.)

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