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Friday Flashback: Crisis in Egypt, U.S. jobs and more

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Unemployed Americans line up to enter a job fair on the first day of the Labor Day long weekend in the City of El Monte outside of Los Angeles on September 4, 2010. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The week is coming to a close, and it’s time for a look back at the biggest news stories of the week. Joining the show today is Matt Cooper of the National Journal and faithful Flashbackian James Rainey of the Los Angeles  Times.

A pressing topic to start with is the situation in Egypt. From one perspective, this was an example of the people expressing their will by overthrowing an unpopular government. But some are calling it a coup, with the military deposing a democratically elected leader. Either way, it leaves the United States in a pretty sticky situation.

Back at home, the U.S. added nearly 200,000 jobs in June. The rate is not as strong as earlier in 2013, but it was a better improvement than expected. Still, 20 million workers are unemployed or under-employed, and Congress is doing little right now to fix that issue.

Congress returns to work, for at least a little while, next week. The onus is on the House to pass an immigration reform package already sent through the Senate, while in the White House, President Obama backed off a bit on health care reform.

Finally, there’s the George Zimmerman trial. He's the Florida man accused of killing Trayvon Martin, and Cooper and other journalists’ coverage of the trial has served as a sort of case study in the state of our culture. 

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