Take Two for May 24, 2013

Friday Flashback: Obama speech, drone use, and more

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US President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address during the US Naval Academy the graduation ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on May 24, 2013 in Annapolis, Maryland. Obama spoke about sexual abuse cases in the armed forces.

It's time for the Friday Flashback, where we look back and discuss the week's biggest topics with the journalists that cover them. This week, we brought in economic and fiscal policy correspondent Nancy Cook of the National Journal and James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times.

On tap this week:

It's been a hectic week in Washington, where the leader of the free world and the leader of the world's biggest tech company were both put through the ringer. President Obama held a press conference Thursday announcing that he plans to reduce the amount of unmanned drone strikes in the Middle East, after it was revealed earlier in the week that U.S.-controlled drones purposely killed four American citizens. Obama also addressed the ongoing battle to close Guantanamo Bay, a move he hasn't been able to complete since he took office. 

In the courts, Apple CEO Tim Cook testified that his company complied with federal tax laws, while avoiding paying billions in taxes because of the company's offshore activities. Critics of Apple and large corporations going overseas are calling for tax reform, but we don't know yet whether Congressional changes are on the horizon. 

Also on the Hill, the head of the IRS committee in hot water for unfair targeting, pled the Fifth Amendment when asked to testify on the case. Lois Lerner is on administrative leave after refusing to resign from the IRS, and now her ability to recuse herself from the court proceedings could also be in jeopardy.


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