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The Flashback: President Obama responds to terror related death, and the continuing unrest in Ferguson




U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the killing of journalist James Foley in Syria during a statement in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The president said the U.S. will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite Foley's brutal murder. Obama said he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the killing of journalist James Foley in Syria during a statement in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The president said the U.S. will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite Foley's brutal murder. Obama said he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Jamelle Bouie, staff writer for Slate and Nancy Cook from National Journal join the show to discuss the week that was in our weekly series - the Flashback.

President Obama and terror 

The killing of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants was brutally caught on video and seen throughout the world. His death has sparked horror and outrage. And since Foley's death, there have been calls to take more action against the group of Islamic militants behind this.

Secretary of State John Kerry tweeted that this Islamic militant group will be crushed, but is that possible to do without military action?  

And its been well documented that most Americans are tired of military operations in Iraq, but could the starkness of the video influence how people feel about a military action? 

Unrest in Ferguson

The big domestic story of the week which has been unfolding events in Ferguson Missouri - where Jamelle has been reporting from. In this article, he spoke to scores of people there and asked them what their experience with the police was.

President Obama has dispatched Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson to work with the local officials there … what can the Justice Department  do if they choose to step in?