The big economic news was yesterday's blazing hot retail sales number for February. It crushed expectations, and shook off any suggestion that the end of the Payroll Tax Holiday was hurting the recovery.
U.S. economic data has been coming in increasingly positive. Everything came to a crescendo on Friday when we learned that American companies added 236k jobs in February. This helped bring the unemployment rate down to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent.
The U.S. and Russia have reached a deal to hand over Assad's chemical weapons stockpiles to the international community for their removal and destruction. This move allows the U.S. to save face, and it has at least temporarily postponed a U.S. military attack on Syria. But the Syria problem is obviously far from solved.
North Carolina Republican lawmakers are making a push to declare an official state religion, introducing a resolution this week that would exempt the state from any federal court ruling involving the First Amendment — or anything else related to the Constitution.
Over the last few weeks, President Obama has traveled the country campaigning on the taxpayers' dime trying to sell parts of his Big Jobs Plan. In order to sell a chunk of that plan - a massive new government spending spree on domestic infrastructure - Obama last week repeatedly cited China's infrastructure spending as the prime example of how the United States is desperately falling behind and needs to catch up: