Human Rights in Bahrain; Radio Diaries; Straw Donor Case

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Monday, May 06, 2013

Bahraini anti-government protesters stand close to makeshift roadblocks in Manama on March 14, 2011, a day after Bahraini police clashed with demonstrators trying to occupy Manama's banking centre. (JAMES LAWLER DUGGAN/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Defense attorney Irwin Rochman talks about the case against his client, Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan. Pan has been convicted of a straw donor scheme to illegally raise campaign funds for New York City Comptroller John Liu. Plus: USA Today’s Susan Page on the latest political developments from Washington DC; Maryam al-Khawaja of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights; and a look back at the Radio Diaries project with founder and executive producer, Joe Richman.

Monday Morning Politics: How Red is the Syria Line?

Has the Syrian conflict crossed President Obama's "red line," and what are the options on the table? Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, discusses the latest news from Washington, from Syrian intervention to new questions about the Libyan embassy attack.

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Defense Attorney for Former Liu Associate Responds

Irwin Rochman, attorney for Xing Wu "Oliver" Pan, who has been convicted of a straw donor scheme to illegally raise campaign funds for New York City Comptroller John Liu, talks about the case against his client. Rochman is also a partner at Tessen, Ryan & Rochman.

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Albany Corruption Continues

Brooklyn Senator John Sampson (D) was taken into custody by the FBI early today, and is expected to appear in court this afternoon. Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for The Daily News, discusses the widening corruption scandal rocking New York, and reviews Gov. Cuomo's proposals to combat corruption on the state level.

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Fighting for Human Rights in Bahrain

Maryam al-Khawaja, deputy director of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, talks about her family's work for human rights in Bahrain.

EVENT:  Maryam al-Khawaja will speak Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30 at NYU's Vanderbilt Hall, Tishman Auditorium, 40 Washington Square South in an event called, "What the hell is going on in Bahrain?


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Re-Visiting the Radio Diaries

Radio Diaries is revisiting some of their original teenage diarists. Joe Richman, founder and executive producer of the show, discusses the project and plays some tape. Plus, two of the diarists discuss their pieces: Amanda Brand, who reported on coming out to her conservative Catholic parents; and Juan, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who now has a family and full-time job in Denver, CO.

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Open Phones: #MustSeeQueens

Two candidates in the Queens borough president race are pushing to make Queens a tourist destination. The Brian Lehrer Show asks: What should tourists and other visitors go see in Queens? Check out the suggestions and add your own!

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