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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Did the president's speech (and underlying decisions) on the NSA and privacy issues matter? That's not easy to answer. I suspect that what matters most is the Congressional reaction -- not the immediate sound bites, but whether they really start to take oversight more seriously and draft some laws that actually change policies. So the president's speech was important if it had an effect, one way or another, on that.

As I've already said earlier this week, I don't think anything about Hillary Clinton's role in Benghazi matters to 2016.

So that's what I have. What about you? What do you think mattered this week?

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