It's not like there hasn't been any serious news lately - Mexican "autodefensas" battling drug cartels, the California cops who beat a man to death, Obama's NSA speech - but the biggest news this week has to be the chemical spill in West Virginia which left 300,000 people without fresh water.
You wouldn't know from seeing the Democratic Party noise machine in action at MSNBC, using almost all available air time this week on the "Bridgegate" scandal in New Jersey involving Governor Chris Christie, who's also considered a hopeful for the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination. Coincidence? Nah.
The new law on "offending religious feelings of the faithful" will also take effect after approval by the upper house and the president.
A recent poll found that nearly half of Russians believe that the gay and lesbian community should not enjoy the same rights as other citizens.