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I go away for a few days to Berlin (fabulous city, fabulous city), and all sorts of things happened. Sarah Palin got dropped by Fox News. President Obama and Secretary Clinton looked chummy on “60 Minutes.” The Senate unveiled an immigration plan. The Boy Scouts announced it would reconsider its ban on gays participating openly. Gabby Giffords gave moving testimony at gun hearings on the Hill. The same hearings where both Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association and Sen. Lindsey Graham made no sense in expressing their opposition to background checks and assault weapons, respectively.

The Senate Armed Services Committee roughed up one of their own, former senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), nominee for secretary of defense. The full Senate overwhelmingly confirmed one of their own, former senator John Kerry, as secretary of state. And the Senate gained its second African American when Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) appointed his former chief of staff William “Mo” Cowan to the seat being vacated by Kerry.

Meanwhile, the man behind the Manti Te’o hoax told Dr. Phil he “fell deeply, romantically in love” with the Notre Dame football star. Jim Nabors married his longtime partner, Stan Cadwallader. Rhianna and Chris Brown, the fella who beat her up when they were together a few years ago, are back together. And domestic cats were found to be “one of the single greatest human-linked threats to wildlife in the nation.”

Then there’s the Super Bowl this Sunday, with the Baltimore Ravens facing the San Francisco 49ers. Beyonce, the star of the halftime show, confirmed that she did indeed lip-sync the national anthem at the inauguration. And there will be graphic model-on-nerd lip-lock in an ad from GoDaddy that is bound to be the topic of conversation on Monday.

Coming back to all this has been overwhelming. So, put down your pixels. You have the week off.

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