A Syrian refugee is seen in Arsal, Lebanon. Photographer: Ayse Sarioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
A Syrian refugee is seen in Arsal, Lebanon. Photographer: Ayse Sarioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

There is still so much news. I'll stick with Iraq and Islamic State this week as the thing that mattered, but obviously the news from Iraq wasn't the only issue.

What didn't matter? Senator Mitch McConnell's interview in which he threatened to put policy riders on appropriations bills if he has the chance. No news there. What will matter is whether the radicals decide they want a shutdown -- and if they do, whether House and Senate's mainstream conservatives will go along. McConnell's comments didn't add anything to what we know about that.

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

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