It's going to be increasingly tough to defend John Brennan.

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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The confirmation that the Central Intelligence Agency spied on the Senate is a big deal. I almost had a conniption when it seemed that the White House press corps wasn't going to push President Barack Obama on the topic in yesterday's press conference. Fortunately, they yelled out a question about it.

For now, Obama says he's standing by CIA director John Brennan. I think that's going to be very, very, difficult to do over time. At any rate, the other important part of this story is that we'll soon (finally) get the declassified version of the Senate torture report.

What didn't matter? The whole flap about impeachment, I suppose. Democrats did some fundraising, Republicans were pushed to make somewhat stronger statements ... I guess it's hard to see how any of that makes a difference. And, yeah, I know I wrote about it a couple of times: guilty as charged. Although, in my defense, I'll say I was commenting on it and explaining it, not buying in to the hype.

Anyway, that's what I have. What do you think mattered this week?

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