Vladimir Putin was reelected president of Russia on Sunday by a wide (though suspect) margin. As the Moscow Times reports, though, he never really left in the first place. And if he wins the next election, he will have been in charge of Russia for over 20 years—longer than Stalin. Other stories to assist in your Monday morning reentry…

AN NFL BOUNTY?: The NFL meets with former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams today to discuss claims that he and his players maintained a bounty pool of up to $50,000 to reward game-ending injuries inflicted on opposing players, including Brett Favre. Not exactly the sort of stuff that drags people out of retirement.

TALE OF TWO RECOVERIES: Paul Krugman contends that if government employment under President Obama “had grown at Reagan-era rates, 1.3 million more Americans would be working as schoolteachers, firefighters, police officers, etc., than are currently employed in such jobs.” No word on the resulting production of synthpop.

THE LORAX RAKES IN $70 MILLION: An adaptation of a 1971 Dr. Seuss book about a fuzzy orange creature on a mission to save trees had the best opening ever for a non-sequel animated film—and nobody saw it coming. Let this be a lesson: next time you see Danny DeVito, Taylor Swift and Zac Efron signed on to the same project, invest.

The week is yours, gentlemen.

—C.B.S.

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