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Politico has launched a clever new feature called “This Week Last Year,” which recaps events of 52 weeks ago. It promises to be a useful reminder of how many frivolous sideshows pass through political media with little or no lasting effect. The first episode, featuring President Obama vowing to kick ass over the Gulf oil spill; a pair of buzzed-about primary winners who went on to lose in November, and various other marginalia, makes the point nicely. Worth keeping in mind as much of Washington obsesses today over Anthony Weiner, who incidentally handled that press conference about as well as anyone could under the circumstances.