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U.S. Speaker of the House John Bohener (R-OH) answers questions during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Speaker Boehner said the Obama administration is still hiding the truth about the IRS scandal and the 2012 Benghazi attack on the American diplomatic mission.

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.  

While Congress is in recess, a number of lawmakers from both sides have been pushing Speaker of the House John Boehner to bring up the issue of immigration reform again. Many believe it'll still be a long fight.

A fight that Boehner, apparently, thinks is caused by members in his own party. Here he is yesterday poking fun at Republicans while talking to a group of people in his own district:

“I don’t know whether we’re going to get to it this year or not. I think we should, but the appetite amongst my colleagues for doing this is not real good … Here’s the attitude. 'Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhhhhh, this is too hard.' You should hear them. You know, we get elected to make choices.”

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Is this a case of Boehner talking without realizing that this would get everywhere, or is it him sort of rattling the cages of the GOP?

This week, another big story was the Supreme Court decision related to the University of Michigan and affirmative action. The court upheld — in a 6 to 2 vote — a Michigan law, enacted in 2006 that banned affirmative action. 

Is this the end of affirmative action efforts as we know them?

Let's look ahead for another interesting case on the high court's docket: whether lying in political campaigns is protected speech. Where would politics be without lies, lies and more lies?

Now to some politicians we hope have been telling the truth. There are four very close Senate races in the south with some big consequences.  

This week, the growing fissures in the GOP was a topic of discussion because former Republican Senator and former Presidential hopeful Bob Dole returned to his home state of Kansas on what he called a "thank you" tour.

Let's talk about the latest conservative folk hero implosion:  Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. As you might remember, he's the rancher who had a standoff with federal officials over land he uses to graze his cattle on. After forcing federal agents to retreat last week, he was lionized by some.


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