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Bridgegate Unfolds; Medical Marijuana in NYS; Art of the Apology

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Chris Christie at a press conference discussing the scandal over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge (screenshot from Christie YouTube page/Youtube)

The fallout continues from the lane closure scandal near the GWB in Fort Lee, NJ last September. Mike Kelly, Bergen Record columnist and New Jersey Public Radio’s Nancy Solomon and Matt Katz analyze the governor’s apology, if officials broke the law and what it all means for Governor Christie’s national political aspirations. Then: New York State Assembly member Richard Gottfried on Governor Cuomo’s plan to legalize limited use of medical marijuana in New York State. Plus: attorney, interfaith minister and author Lauren Bloom on when to say sorry and the art of the apology.  

Bridgegate Unfolds

Mike Kelly, columnist at The Bergen Record, and New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz and Nancy Solomon discuss the latest in the George Washington Bridge closure scandal one day after Gov. Chris Christie's public apology.

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Jobs Report: Your Long-Term Unemployment Stories

Today's jobs report shows 74,000 added jobs, and a drop in the unemployment rate -- but also a persistent problem of "discouraged workers" dropping out of the workforce entirely after searching for jobs. Justin Wolfers, University of Michigan economist and currently a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, discusses the trend, and helps take your long-term unemployment stories.

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The Medical Marijuana Plan for New York State

Richard Gottfried, New York State Assembly Member (D-75th District) and Assembly Health Chair, explains Gov. Cuomo's plan to legalize limited medical marijuana use in New York State and outlines his plan, which is slightly different.

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Mastering the Art of the Apology

Lauren Bloom, author of Art of the Apology, shares seven tips about how to apologize effectively. What's number one? " Be sincere," she says, "it's the essence of an apology." Plus, take our Famous Apologies News Quiz!

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A Christie Question: Bad Behavior vs. Bad Environment

Chris Christie says he's not sure how he could have created an environment in which his staff would have ordered a traffic jam as political retribution. "What did I do wrong to make these folks think it was okay to lie to me?" he asked in his Thursday press conference. Below, we ask you to weigh in on culpability -- do you make a distinction between ordering bad behavior, and creating an environment that allows that bad behavior to thrive?

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