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President Obama Departs The White House

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he departs the White House on February 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama was scheduled to travel to Cambridge, Maryland and Palm Springs, California later in the day.

It's Valentine's Day! And the end of another work week, so that means it's time for the Friday Flashback, Take Two's look at the week in news. This morning we're joined in-studio by Los Angeles Times columnist James Rainey, and we welcome another first-time-ever flashback contestant, Jamelle Bouie, staff writer with the Daily Beast.

Let's start with President Obama, who's in Fresno today meeting with Governor Brown and talking about the drought. What's President Obama here to accomplish?

Congress managed to approve an increase to the debt ceiling, which is akin to us doing a show everyday...so why is this being called a "triumph"?

This week, Attorney General Eric Holder urged states to expand felony voting rights — something we don't hear much about. Why was this was mostly symbolic?

Big news this week: Cable giant Comcast announced a deal to buy Time Warner Cable. A lot of takeaways here saying it's bad for the consumer, antitrust will never let it go through. How likely is the deal to go through?

Of course we've got to talk about the Olympics. Last week was a bit doom-and-gloom but this week, despite Bob Costas's pink eye, it seems to be going pretty smoothly. Are we as Americans learning some tough coping lessons for when our people just don't win?
 
This week also left us wondering what does it take to become a U.S. ambassador? That was brought on both by the late actress Shirley Temple Black who we were reminded served as ambassador to Ghana, but also by Colleen Bell, the U.S. ambassador to Hungary designate.

We will also never forget this as the week that brought us both Dumb Starbucks and performance art from Shia LaBeouf. Let's talk about with Dumb Starbucks. Remind us what this ultimately turned out to be and why the hell so many people made such a big deal about it.


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