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Friday Flashback: Ukraine unrest, Bloomberg's gun plan and more




Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he plans to spend $50 million this year on field operations to support pro-gun-safety-law candidates.
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he plans to spend $50 million this year on field operations to support pro-gun-safety-law candidates.
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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 a Pilar Marrero, a senior reporter and writer at La Opinion and David Gura, Washington reporter for Marketplace.

We start with the deal reached concerning Russia and the Ukraine. It seems that Russia's Vladimir Putin made some key wins in the deal. David, can you break down what the negotiators agreed to? How likely is it that it will last?

The Obama Administration announced yesterday that they've reached the 8 million sign up mark on the health care exchange. A good number of those sign-ups, about 35 percent, were people younger than 35, the so-called young invincibles. How are Republicans responding to this?

Earlier in the show we talked about how people in California have been signing up for insurance. Can you talk a bit about who has been enrolling? What do the demographics look like?

What about Covered California and the immigrant community? Is there a sense that previously uninsured immigrants are signing up?

Recently, top level Republicans like Kentucky Senator Rand Paul have urged the party to transform some of the rhetoric around immigration. But Florida Governor Jeb Bush went even further last week when he said that sometimes illegal immigrants coming to this country do so as an act of love. How did that remark go over with more conservative members of the party?

Is it possible that the GOP can agree on something related to immigration, or is it more likely that they'll try to hit other points in the march up to elections?

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg made the news this week with a $50 million pledge to his new anti-gun lobby group, Every town for Gun Safety. 

Those familiar with the group have said that they'll work sort of like the NRA, by lobbying politicians in conjunction with grassroots efforts. 

This week the Pulitzer winners were announced, and the Guardian and the Washington Post won for their coverage of the NSA surveillance programs. What does this signal? Is this possible vindication for Snowden and his actions?

Finally, the world of literature lost a great great voice yesterday. Gabriel Garcia Marquez passed away at 87. We'll have a look back at his life later in the show.