ARSAL, LEBANON - AUGUST 19: A Syrian refugee kid is seen at Arsal district where more than a hundred thousand of Syrians, fled from the civil war in their country, are stuck due to the clashes between Lebanese army, Al-Nusra Front and Islamic State, IS,-led terrorist groups, in Arsal, Lebanon on August 19, 2014. (Photo by Ayse Sarioglu/Anadolu Agency/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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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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