Another look at the political week that was…

●      The House Republicans appear to be backing down and may finally pass the Violence Against Women Act.

●      Chuck Hagel was finally confirmed as the new Secretary of Defense and Jack Lew was confirmed as the next Secretary of the Treasury.

●      Legendary Watergate reporter Bob Woodward claims the White House threatened him for claiming the sequester was their idea, but the emails released to BuzzFeed appear tame and mild.

●      Conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia calls the Voting Rights Act a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

●      Justice Sonia Sotomayor passionately defended the Voting Rights Act, representing the liberal point of view on the Court.

●      Sigh.  It looks like we are going to have yet another government shutdown fight this month.

●      GOP Congressman Louie Gohmert says the national debt is just like slavery.

●      President Obama attends dedication of Rosa Parks statue in the Capitol.

●      The "war on women" is still in full effect, as Oklahoma is trying to deny women birth control because anti-choice Republicans falsely claim it “poisons their bodies,” and a bill in Kansas will protect doctors who mislead women about their pregnancies.

●      We are extremely lucky to have a Senator Elizabeth Warren who continues to be a vocal defender of consumers and a tough critic of big banks which caused the financial crisis.

Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst and soon-to-be attorney.  You can follow her on Twitter @ZerlinaMaxwell.