02/06/2015 06:10 pm ET Updated Feb 07, 2015

So That Happened: Did Obama Forget That The GOP Runs Congress?

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So, that happened: This week, the early stages of the 2016 presidential election collided headlong with the phenomenon of vaccine denialism, with two candidates ending up in intensive care for foot-in-mouth disease. We'll talk about who took a hit and who managed to avoid this nonsense.

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Some highlights from this week:

"It's a world in which we need sanity. And this week, we didn't get it." -- Jason Linkins

Meanwhile, the Obama budget is out, and from the looks of it, it seems the president wants to swing for the fences on infrastructure, early childhood care and increased federal spending. But did he notice that Congress is controlled by the GOP? We'll discuss what compromises are possible.

"It's as though Democrats control both chambers of Congress. There is not an effort which he's made in previous budgets to meet them halfway, or more than halfway." -- Sabrina Siddiqui

Finally, this was a big week for Downton Abbey-inspired congressional interior decoration scandals. We'll explain how it came to pass that we could put all those words in that previous sentence.

"Washington elites decorate their environs with track lighting, chrome appliances and granite countertops -- a very modern, spare look with open floor plans, and [Aaron] Schock is going in the other direction." -- Arthur Delaney

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