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Friday Flashback: Obama in Texas, Paycheck Fairness Act and more

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U.S. President Barack Obama gives the keynote speech on the third day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library April 10, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The summit marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act legislation. Pool/Getty Images

It's the end of another week and 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 in DC by Jamelle Bouie of Slate.  

President Obama was in Texas yesterday to honor Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Act, which he signed 50 years ago. There's an interesting piece in the L.A. Times comparing and contrasting Obama and LBJ.

This week, President Obama appealed to Congress to close up the pay gap between men and women, but Republicans in the House voted to block the Paycheck Fairness Act. What was their reasoning?

Keeping with the theme for the moment, what did you make of the gender spat that was spark by former CIA director Michael Hayden when he said that Senator Dianne Feinstein's "emotional reaction" to the CIA's enhanced interrogation programs was clouding her judgement?

Let's bring the conversation a little close to home here in California. This week, a lot was made of the 2020 commission's report. This was a pretty scathing report looking at what Los Angeles needs to be doing better in order to become a world class city.

There's was pretty unanimous cheering going around the internet yesterday when Stephen Colbert was swiftly named successor to David Letterman's "The Late Show." Not to be a spoil sport, but is there any disappointment here that we're continuing the long tradition of white, male late night show hosts? Did you have a favorite that got passed over?

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