Iraqi Kurdish forces take position near Taza Khurmatu as they fight jihadist militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positioned five kilometers away in Bashir (Basheer), 20 kms south of Kirkuk, on June 23, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Monday that the United States would provide "intense" support to Iraq to help it battle a militant offensive. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

What Mattered This Week?

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist covering U.S. politics. A political scientist, he previously wrote "A Plain Blog About Politics." He is co-editor of "The Making of the Presidential Candidates 2012."
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I'll take the easy one: A new intervention in Iraq certainly matters.

Even though it's August, there didn't seem to be all that much hyped-up nonsense this week, perhaps because of the various foreign affairs situations and the three election days. Maybe I'm forgetting something. I suppose I'll go with hype about young Americans turning libertarian as my pick for what didn't matter. That isn't happening, but it doesn't matter if reporters fall for that one ever few months.

But it was a newsy week, August or no, so what do you have? What do you think mattered this week?

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