The humiliating defeat, however, did not deal a fatal blow to the withdrawal agreement British Prime Minister Boris Johnson negotiated in Brussels. He said he planned to press ahead and seek approval of his Brexit deal in the coming week, and later asked the E.U. for an extension beyond the Oct. 31 deadline.
Almost everything about the week was grounds for optimism for Democrats — except the Democratic debate, which quickly faded from view and, for some, simply added to questions about the party's fitness to win a general election.
The unusual flurry of commentary, including from retired Gen. Joseph Votel, exposed an internal debate over the military’s role in foreign policy and the responsibility of uniformed officials to speak out publicly.