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Friday Flashback: Obama in California, Monica Lewinsky op-ed and more

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A photograph showing former White House intern Monica Lewinsky meeting President Bill Clinton at a White House function submitted as evidence in documents by the Starr investigation and released by the House Judicary committee September 21, 1998. Getty Images/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 Washington D.C., Nancy Cook of National Journal.

We start with President Obama's recent trip to California. At the top of the show we talked about Obama's proposals for increased attention on renewable energy, but the reason he was here was for the money.

He criss-crossed the state with five fundraisers, facing supporters and hecklers alike in an attempt to garner money and attention for the upcoming fall elections. How are the Democrats looking ?

Let's all bow our heads and take a moment to talk about the big Supreme Court ruling. This week the court ruled, 5 to 4, that is was not unconstitutional for local officials to open public meetings with explicitly Christian prayers. Were you surprised by the ruling? What does this say about the future direction of the court and free speech cases?

The drama over the Donald Sterling scandal continues this week, the estranged wife of Donald Sterling has come out and said that she would like to maintain ownership of the team. What is her position? Is it likely that she'll have any support from the team or executives in the front office?

Another big reveal this week was the op-ed article penned by none other than former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. She wrote a big piece for Vanity Fair in it she said that she was tired of, "tiptoeing around my past-and other people's futures..."

Slate writer Amanda Hess had a very interesting take on the whole thing, and the position that Lewinsky was put in following the affair. She says that we as a public will never let her move on, and that she'll always be the person that "almost took down the Presidency." Lewinsky really relayed what it was like for her, how she became the first person branded and shamed by the internet.

Other writers have come out and basically blasted feminists for not supporting her back then. Do they have a point?

You can't really talk about Lewinsky without mentioning Hillary Clinton. National Journal this week reported on an anti-Clinton PAC that's already gathered half-a-million dollars and has put out a "SCARY" ad in support of their effort. Is Clinton the GOP's worst nightmare?


Nancy you had an article this week that looked at the future president of the United States - be it Hillary Clinton, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan ... basically the American public doesn't really care. Can you explain?

MSNBC and Cinco de Mayo...just let that sink in for a minute. This week they proved that they can be just as classy as conservatives. For those who haven't seen it yet, on Monday staffers for the morning show, "Way Too Early" were seen talking about Cinco de Mayo while also wearing a huge sombrero, shaking a maraca and chugging from a bottle of tequila.

They quickly issued an on-air apology, but that didn't do much in terms of quieting their critics.

Hugo Balta, the president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists called it, "the worst example I have seen of a discriminatory stereotypical portrayal of any community by any media. The fact that this was done by a news organization is abominable."

What were MSNBC producers thinking?

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