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Friday Flashback: Susan Rice on Benghazi, Hilary Clinton, Jill Abramson and more

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National Security Adviser Susan Rice attends a meeting with President Barack Obama and Uruguay's President Jose Mujica in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 12, 2014. Uncredited/AP

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 Ashley Perez, an editor with Buzzfeed, and David Gura, Washington reporter for Marketplace. 

National Security Adviser Susan Rice, speaking at an event this week hosted by the Women's Foreign Policy Group, was asked whether the Congressional committee newly formed to investigate the Benghazi attack would unearth more information.

Her response, "Dang if I know," didn't go over well with conservatives. Rice's supporters claim that conservatives took the remarks out of context. What's your take on this committee and the response to Rice's remarks?

The panel itself isn't what you'd call a balanced committee — the majority of them are Republicans and Congressional Democrats have threatened to boycott it.

This week, Karl Rove also weighed in on Benghazi, suggesting Republicans keep up the pressure on the incident. He also suggested the blood clot Hillary Clinton suffered shortly after the attack might have been more serious, and that she might have suffered a brain injury.

Bill Clinton came to her defense and suggested that this would be only the beginning as the race for the 2016 Presidential election nears. Is this a one time thing or did the Clintons effectively shut down any suggestion that health would be an issue if Hillary indeed runs for President?

Barack Obama is facing a lot of criticism this week over one of his choices for a federal judge post, but not from conservatives, from people within his own party.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid slammed the president's choice of Michael Boggs to fill a judicial seat in Georgia.  Who is Michael Boggs and what is he being criticized for?

He's not the only nominee that's facing opposition. David Barron, a former Justice Department official who helped write the documentation supporting the use of deadly force to kill American extremist Anwar al-Awlaki. Who's opposed to Barron?

In bizarre news, the NRA has launched a new Netflix-style website where you can watch shows devoted to lifestyle, information and...guns. One of the shows is called Noir, and its hosted by a guy who's young, educated and African American:

Do you think that this kind of outreach is a smart move by the NRA? Is this move surprising? 

Finally to the big media story this week. New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was ousted. No one exactly is sure why. What's the latest on this? How big of a blow is this for other female journalists, no matter what the cause? 

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