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Friday, June 22, 2012

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (Mark Wilson/Getty)

NY Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-14), who sits on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, discusses the vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over the investigation into the Fast and Furious program. Then, an analysis of Governor Mitt Romney’s immigration plan. Plus: Greece and Germany face off… in the Euro Cup; the neuroscience of optimism; and the candidates in the Democratic primary in New York’s 7th congressional district make their case.

Contempt in Congress

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY14), and member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, discusses the ongoing congressional investigation into the flaws of the "Fast and Furious" program, including the vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt and the decision by President Obama to assert executive privilege with regard to certain documents requested by Congress.

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Romney's Immigration Stance

In a speech yesterday, Mitt Romney outlined in new detail his views on immigration reform. Miguel Perez, journalist, syndicated columnist, and journalism professor at Lehman College of the City University of New York, offers analysis of Governor Romney's immigration strategy. 

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Optimism Brain Training

Can optimism be taught? Elaine Fox, fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, director of the Affective Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex, and author of Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain: How to Retrain Your Brain to Overcome Pessimism and Achieve a More Positive Outlook, says neuroscience shows that it can, and why it matters.

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The Rise of Asian Americans

Deepa Iyer, head of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together, and Cary Funk, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center, discuss a recent Pew study, "The Rise of Asian Americans", that concluded that Asians have surpassed Hispanics as the fastest growing immigrant group in the U.S.

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7th Congressional District: Meet the Democratic Candidates

Nydia Velázquez, U.S. Representative (D-12, Brookyn) and primary candidate, Erik Martin Dilan, New York City Council member, Daniel O’Connor, businessman, and George Martinez, OWS activist, discuss their campaigns in the Democratic primary race to represent New York's 7th congressional district, which includes parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

→ Redistricting Resources: Official LATFOR Maps | NYTimes Interactive Tool

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Greece vs. Germany On Field and Off

In the Euro Cup soccer tournament today, Greece plays Germany in a big quarterfinal matchup. The game takes place in the context of tensions between the two countries over the European debt crisis. Martin Rauchbauer, Director of Deutsches Haus at NYU and Dimitris Filippidis, program director at Hellas FM discuss what's at stake in the game, what's at stake in their economies, and the ties between the two countries.

Greek-Americans, German-Americans -- are you watching today's match? What do you make of the state of relations between the two countries, and will the game help or hurt? The phones are open! 212-433-9692 or comment below.

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Large crowds flock to accomodatingly large Astoria Pool and its surrounding park in the summer months.

Our Favorite #ItsSoHotThat Tweets

On Thursday, we asked listeners to come up with their best "one-liners" about the record-breaking temperatures. We got some pretty funny answers around a few common themes. Below are some of our favorites. See all the responses on twitter.


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