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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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I continue to believe that the casualties in Afghanistan are massively under-covered in the media, so I'll highlight April's numbers. A promising March carried over into April. There were nine coalition troop deaths (four U.S.), down from 16 (13 U.S.) in 2013. The year-to-date numbers are 29 coalition troop deaths, down from 41 at this time last year, and 18 U.S. troop deaths, down from 32.

What didn't matter? I'll take the easy one: Continued Benghazi fever from Republicans. It's a non-scandal and no one cares. Really.

That's what I have. What did you notice? What do you think mattered this week?

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