Take Two for August 16, 2013

Friday Flashback: NSA audit, Egypt unrest, Bob Filner and more

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An Egyptian military helicopter hovers over supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood during a rally in support of deposed president Mohamed Morsi outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on July 5, 2013.

It's Friday! Time for the Friday Flashback, our recap of the week's biggest news stories. Joining us is Lizzie O'Leary who's hosting the show Marketplace this week, and National Journal's Shane Goldmacher.  

On tap this week: 

We begin with the NSA. This week there was a revelation from an internal audit that the NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times a year since 2008.

It has been a very tumultuous week in Egypt. Yesterday President Obama suspended a joint military exercise between Egypt and the US. How will U.S. Egypt relations factor in President Obama's legacy?

There's been no progress on a budget and that the government will run out of money on October 1st unless Congress raises the debt ceiling. What's the latest there? 

Congress is still on August recess. They're facing their constituents empty-handed when it comes to comprehensive immigration reform. 

Rumor has it that Hillary Clinton is fielding offers from a number of distinguished universities including Harvard and Yale.  

A 67-year-old great-grandmother became the latest of 16 women to publicly accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment. She worked at the Senior Citizens' Desk in San Diego City Hall and says Filner repeatedly asked her out on dates, would caress her hand and once grabbed her and kissed her.

Here's the woman — Peggy Shannon — speaking at a press conference:

"On the day that Mayor Filner came by my desk and asked me if I thought he could go 8 hours in one night, I was shocked that he would say that to me. On July 12th, the day after I saw the first media coverage, when the mayor walked by my desk and motioned for me to be quiet, I was blown away."

San Diegans have kicked off the effort to recall him. It's getting even more difficult for a lot of people to understand why this man doesn't resign. Is it something specific to Bob Filner, or is the instinct to hold onto office at all costs just a common trait for politicians?


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