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The Flashback: President Obama's anti-terror plan, political bosom buddies Bill Clinton and George Bush, Ray Rice fallout




U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Vowing to target Islamic militants with air strikes
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Vowing to target Islamic militants with air strikes "wherever they exist", Obama pledged to lead a broad coalition to fight IS and work with "partner forces" on the ground in Syria and Iraq. (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)
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This week in news included calls for broader action against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria, the President's plan to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group and what the Ray Rice incident means to the NFL.

And two former presidents show what political relationships used to be--and maybe should be like. 

Marketplace reporter David Gura from Washington DC and NPR West's Robin Abcarian, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, weigh in. 

President Obama and ISIS

We start with the President's plan to defeat ISIS, which includes increased airstrikes aimed at destroying Islamic militants trying to take control of Syria and Iraq, and also funding to train moderate Syrian rebels. But while he's seeking approval from Congress for training the Syrian rebels, he said that he doesn't need approval from Congress for the airstrikes. Why does he feel that he doesn't need to go to Congress for the action? 

This week Take Two spoke to California Senator Barbara Boxer before the President addressed the nation. She said that she was familiar with the plan, but that it wasn't related to prior actions in the region. But is this a counter terrorism effort or a new military action? 

Bill Clinton and George W. Bush - BFFs

Earlier this week former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were on stage at the DC Newseum to talk about their new Presidential Leadership Scholars Program. They were not only hilarious but they displayed a not so hidden secret: they're actually pretty good friends.


 

President Clinton was describing an incident he had with former Senator Trent Lott who one day appeared on one of the Sunday talk shows and called Clinton a spoiled brat. Clinton described the conversation they had on the phone the next day where he said the most important thing was that he was able to work with him the next day. Is that what's missing from politics today? 

Ray Rice fallout 

The other big story of the week was the NFL and Ray Rice. Yesterday Rice's former team, the Baltimore Ravens, played the Pittsburgh Steelers. And it definitely didn't go off the way it was initially planned. Rihanna had been a part of the CBS broadcast, but that was changed because of her history with domestic abuse. And next week the team will host a Ray Rice jersey buy back. From a business perspective, what might the Ray Rice incident do the the Ravens' brand? 

Abcarian wrote about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and his actions in the incident. Does she think that if it's proven that he knew more than what he initially said that he will be removed?