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With 4 days of agonizing delays on the George Washington Bridge still unexplained, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is on a political tour across the country. Some fellow Republicans are meeting with him and some aren’t. Democrats are having a field day. We’ll look at the potential fallout for the GOP’s presidential nomination. Also, House Speaker John Boehner releases a set of Republican principles for immigration reform, and we revisit the impact of the Beatles on the 50th anniversary of their arrival to the United States.

Banner Image: Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey speaking at an event hosted by The McCain Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore

Making News House May Not Take Up Immigration Reform After All 7 MIN, 43 SEC

Republicans in Congress are divided over immigration reform, but just last week — after a retreat in Maryland — House Speaker John Boehner released a set of Republican principles for immigration reform. Even President Obama said it sounded like progress. Susan Davis is Chief Congressional Reporter for USA Today.

Guests:
Susan Davis, USA Today (@DaviSusan)

Main Topic Will New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Answer for "Bridgegate"? 35 MIN, 5 SEC

A landslide re-election made New Jersey Governor Chris Christie a presidential prospect. Now he faces a question every American voter can understand: Why was a 30-minute trip across the busiest bridge in the world extended to four hours for commuters, school kids and first responders—for 4 days in a row?

Christie’s first news conference about those 4 days of lane-closures on the George Washington Bridge went on for two hours, and Christie insists he doesn’t know what went wrong. But the lawyer for one of Christie’s former aides has hinted that the decision did go all the way to the top.

Today, we’ll update what has been revealed, what’s being speculated about and the potential consequences for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Guests:
Kate Zernike, New York Times (@kzernike)
Brian Murphy, Baruch College, City University of New York (@burrite)
Ron Kaufman, RNC National Committeeman (@Ron_Kaufman)
Mark Halperin, Time magazine (@markhalperin)

Today's Talking Point 50 Years Since "Beatlemania" in the U.S. 7 MIN, 50 SEC

"I Want To Hold Your Hand" was already at the top of the charts in the United States just 50 years ago today—when the Beatles boarded a plane from London. But they were still unaware they were about to cause a musical revolution in this country. 

As the Beatles’ plane was landing in New York City, word came back from the cockpit: “Tell the boys there’s a big crowd waiting to greet them.” Two days later, they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, and the rest is history. We talk to Professor Michael Weis about the impact the Beatles have had 50 years later.

Guests:
Michael Weis, Illinois Wesleyan University (@IL_Wesleyan)

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