Take Two for August 23, 2013

Friday Flashback: Chelsea Manning, student loans and more

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who now asks to be referred to as Chelsea, dressed as a woman in this 2010 photograph.

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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who now asks to be referred to as Chelsea, dressed as a woman in this 2010 photograph.

It's Friday, and time for our weekly Friday Flashback, a look at the week's biggest news stories. Back in the saddle again here in studio is James Rainey of the L.A. Times, and in Washington, DC we've got The Atlantic's Molly Ball.

On Tap This Week: 

One of the biggest headlines this week had to do with Bradley Manning, who announced that she is transgender. Manning wants to live the rest of her life as a woman named Chelsea. This came as a surprise to many, but the Army private convicted of leaking thousands of classified documents had spoken about his gender identity in the past.  

She's been assigned to Fort Leavenworth Army Prison, which has already come out to say that it does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery for gender identity disorder. What is life for her going to be like there now? 

President Obama was making another tour this week and made some pretty dramatic statements about education, like creating a federal rating systems to make it easier for parents and students to compare schools and the cost of higher education. Is this an issue he can win some bipartisan support on?  

Eighty House Republicans this week also sent a letter to House speaker John Boehner saying they won't vote on the budget unless Obamacare is revoked. What kind of headache is this going to be when Congress returns in a week? 

We saw horrific images this week coming out of Syria, where it's still unconfirmed whether President Bashar al Assad is responsible for a chemical weapons attack on civilians. Does it look like this is pushing the U.S. any closer to intervening?  

It's also been another tumultuous week in Egypt, where former president Hosni Mubarak was released from prison. 

The Koch brothers have announced they will not be buying the LA Times. What else do we know about this?


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