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Friday Flashback: Action in Iraq, Hillary Clinton and the RNC squirrel




Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on tour for her new book, 'Hard Choices'
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on tour for her new book, 'Hard Choices'
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It's the end of another week and time for the Flashback, Take Two's look at the week in news. This morning we're joined by Ashley Perez, and editor with Buzzfeed, and Jamelle Bouie from Slate.com.

Yesterday President Obama announced he'll send up to 300 military advisors to the region, and alluded to possible military action in the future. What sort of appetite do you think Americans have for renewing efforts in Iraq?

Today the President is announcing a rule to make legally married same-sex couples eligible for benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act in all 50 states. As of now, couples are only eligible if they live in states where same sex marriage is legal.

Earlier this week he said he'd sign an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation. What are the political implications of taking action by executive order instead of letting Congress sort it out?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a book tour appearance in California yesterday, a tour that many are calling her pre-presidential tour, could this be a practice run? 

Hillary Clinton now has a furry foe. The Republican National Committee has hired a new mascot, a giant "squirrel" to follow Clinton around on her book tour. He's been handing out bumper stickers with the slogan, "Another Clinton in the White House is NUTS." Is this real?

The GOP continues its effort to gain more black and minority voters. What are they dong now and what are they doing wrong?