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Austan Goolsbee, the missing pinky and 'Mad Men' feminism: This week's top news tweets

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Greg Nosal earned tough-guy points on Saturday, postponing the reattachment of a torn-off tip of his left pinkie to keep playing. (Dave Knachel/Virginia Tech Sports Information/AP)

It's Friday. All day. Last week you wanted to talk about the president's approval rating and depressing photos of Gilbert Arenas, but the close of another week brings a completely new set of social media-friendly talking points. Here they were:

  • More problems for the economy? In this Washington Post Live video, White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee discussed his concerns about the fiscal challenges the country will face in the long run. Goolsbee also recently spoke with Ezra Klein about the Bush tax cuts, a payroll-tax holiday and what he'd do with $700 billion.
  • No pinky, no problem. Left guard Greg Nosal lost a half inch of his left pinky finger at some point during the Hokies' 45-21 win over Central Michigan. Nosal wanted to keep playing so trainer Mike Goforth "took the finger, put it on ice and saved it for when it was ready."
  • Hitchens brothers debate. Christopher Hitchens, thinned and bald from ongoing chemotherapy, and his brother, Peter, a journalist and devout Christian, agreed to a gentle debate on the subject about which they both have recently published books -- God.
  • Is 'Mad Men' TV's most feminist show? Writer Stephanie Coontz seems to think so. This naturally lead to us asking you which of the show's female characters is your favorite. Hint: You like redheads.

Now it's time to get creative. Sum up the week's news in a tweet using #wpweek, and we'll post the best back here in this blog.

Update: This reader makes a good point ...

@washingtonpost Los 33! Was there anything else happening? #wpweekless than a minute ago via web

And the reigning champ ...

New Tweet Mash: "NFL banishes Brett Favre to Chilean mine pending foreclosure investigation." #wpweek cc: @washingtonpostless than a minute ago via web

By Katie Rogers  | October 15, 2010; 3:28 PM ET
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