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This was one of those weeks that gives commentators fits. So much important stuff happened, it just doesn't seem possible to pick just one thing to comment on.
From the international stage to local politics, it seemed someone was doing something noteworthy, cringeworthy or just amusing.
So in the spirit of somewhat lazy columnists everywhere, instead of picking one topic and banging on it, I'll just give my take on some of the highlights of the week.
 


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So, that happened.
On Friday, in total non-defiance of both recent history and national expectations, Congress failed to come to an agreement to avert the latest unnecessary self-inflicted wound on the nation in the form of the so-called sequester.
 


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Over the past four years, conservative activists have gone to desperate and often deranged lengths to implicate President Obama in some kind of scandal. 


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Well, I can't say I didn't see it coming.  The Republicans in the Senate, either afraid of the Tea Party or in league with that miserable mob of malcontents, have decided against all reason and decency to block former senator and army veteran Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of defense by demanding a 60-vote majority to confirm him.  
 


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Forty years ago this month, the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade ruling that both legalized abortion in America and made access to abortion a Constitutionally protected right.  Since then the debate has raged over whether this decision was right, what the consequences were, and whether it should be reversed.
 


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Martin Luther King, Jr. has been in the public consciousness lately, and this is entirely appropriate as Monday, Jan. 21 is the day we celebrate his birthday.  
This year, his opinion on guns and gun control are of particular interest.  
Partisans on both sides invoke his name and legacy in an often vain attempt to add a measure of credibility to their argument.
While the notion of whose "side" King would take is certainly interesting to think about, maybe it's more effective if we let King's writings speak for themselves.
 


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Another day in America, another gun crime.
Last month, barely a week before Christmas, the nation was shocked and horrified when a young man armed to the teeth with semi-automatic weapons blasted his way into an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., then proceeded to shoot and kill 20 children and seven teachers.  
The killing spree ended when the police showed up and the gunman took his own life.
In the weeks that followed, we were treated to almost daily reports of gun-related crimes and violence from around the nation.  
This should come as no surprise; in 2009 the United States ranked among the top ten nations with the most firearm-related deaths, with 10.2 per 100,000 people.
 


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Ever notice how breaks are always simultaneously too long and too short?  That's how this one felt.  It seemed like classes ended, then Christmas, New Year's, and now here we are, back again for more.  All in three short weeks.  I need a break to recover from my break.