Syria Intervention; John Liu; Sheila Oliver; Vietnam Veteran Stories

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Syria A young boy is consoled after his grandparents appear to have been killed in a government strike on the Sunni village of Al Barra. (Courtesy of FRONTLINE)

New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger analyzes the next steps in the Syrian war, the Iranian elections and the ongoing strife in Turkey. Plus: City Comptroller John Liu; New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver states her case to be the next New Jersey senator; author and history professor Philip Napoli discusses his new book, Bringing It All Back Home: An Oral History of New York City’s Vietnam Veterans; and Bloomberg View columnist Noah Feldman weighs in on Supreme Court rulings. 

Monday Morning Politics: Syria Intervention, Iran Election

The US is arming rebels in the Syrian conflict -- how slippery of a slope towards war is Obama standing on? David SangerNew York Times chief Washington correspondent and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (Broadway, 2013), discusses the administration's calculus. Plus: we open the phones to get reaction to the election of cleric Hassan Rouhani as Iran's next president from Iranians and Iranian-Americans. Call 212-433-9692 or post your comment here.

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Candidate John Liu

Our series of interviews with candidates for New York City mayor continues. Today: Comptroller John Liu discusses the latest news from the campaign trail.

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Libraries: Rikers Island

Nick Higgins, associate director for outreach services at the NYPL, talks about NYPL's programs at local jails, including Daddy & Me a program that keeps incarcerated fathers in touch with their children through reading. Jose Melendez, a recent participant in Daddy & Me, joins him on the program.


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Meet the NJ Senate Candidates: Sheila Oliver

Our series of first-round interviews with candidates in New Jersey special election continues. New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34th) discusses why she thinks she's the best candidate to fill Frank Lautenberg's seat.

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Vietnam Vets Oral History

Philip F. Napoli, assitant professor of history at Brooklyn College and the author of Bringing It All Back Home: An Oral History of New York City's Vietnam Veterans (Hill and Wang, 2013)goes beyond the image of the damaged Vietnam veteran, gathering stories from veterans, many of whom went onto careers in public service.

→ EVENTBook Launch and Author Talk with Philip F. Napioli, Saturday June 22, from 2pm tp 4pm at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library. 

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Today's Supreme Court Opinions: Gene Patenting

The Supreme Court is expected to hand down decisions today on one or more critical cases. Noah Feldman, Harvard law professor, Bloomberg View columnist and author of Cool War: The Future of Global Competition comments on last week's gene patent opinion and offers analysis of today's rulings.

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