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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Gov. Christie greets 102-year-old Clemence Blanchard and her daughter, Summer Hebert, at T-Bones restaurant in Bedford, NH. (Matt Katz/WNYC)

Gov. Christie is balancing the politics of climate change in New Jersey versus the politics of climate change on a national stage as he seeks national GOP support. WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein reports on how he’s handling that dance. Plus: Wall Street Journal editorial board member and Fox News contributor Jason Riley contends that affirmative action and minimum wage laws hurt the people they’re supposed to help and thoughts on the impulse to Google your date ahead of time: smart or counterproductive?

Breaking Down Rangel's (Slim) Lead

Congressman Charlie Rangel has declared victory in New York's 13th congressional district Democratic primary. But he only leads Adriano Espaillat by about two thousand votes, and a significant number of absentee ballots have yet to be counted. WNYC political reporter Brigid Bergin and Data News team's John Keefe break down the politics and data of the super-close race.

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Christie's Climate Change

Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News, looks at both the way NJ Gov. Christie is negotiating the politics of climate change in the state while seeking national Republican support, plus the investigation into the funding of the Pulaski Skyway repairs by the PA at the governor's insistence and new Bridgegate phone records.

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Supreme Court Weighs in on Digital Rights

We get quick reaction to this morning's Supreme Court opinions, and some of the recent notable cases, with Slate senior editor Dahlia Lithwick. The court has ruled against TV provider Aereo, and said that the police may not search an arrestee's cell phone without a specific warrant.

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A Negative Take on Affirmative Action

Conservative Jason Riley thinks that affirmative action is “social engineering” with good intentions and harmful consequences – and that African Americans need to “stand on their own” for change to occur.

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Should You Google Your Date?

"The impulse to snoop behind a date’s back is, of course, as old as dating itself," writes Maureen O'Connor, columnist for New York Magazine and the Cut. She talks about the decision to do online research before meeting a new date and takes your calls on how you negotiate the urge.

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