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Join us each week as prominent Washington D.C. correspondents discuss topics making headlines around the world.


March 01, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal, Abderrahim Foukara, Washington Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera TV, and Tim Mak, Washington Correspondent for The Washington Examiner discuss the crisis in Ukraine and the tensions between the US and Russia, speculations over the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s proposed cut back of the military budget, and the decision by Arizona’s governor to veto a controversial anti-gay bill.


February 22, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief & Lexington Columnist for The Economist, Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal, and Jonathan Landay, Senior National Security & Intelligence Correspondent with McClatchy Newspapers discuss the crisis in Ukraine, the situation in Syria, and the UN report on North Korea human rights abuse.


February 15, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal, and David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief for The Economist discuss the crisis in Syria, French President Francois Hollande’s visit in the US, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s backing of Egypt's military chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in his "bid for the presidency", and the US politics.


February 08, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, and Olivier Knox, Chief Washington Correspondent for Yahoo! News discuss the situation in Ukraine, the opening of the Sochi Olympics, the first round of discussions between Pakistani government and the Taliban, the curbing of the US drone program.


February 01, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Hilary Krieger, an Editor with the Opinions and Editorial Section at The Washington Post, and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal discuss the State of the Union Address, the crisis in Ukraine, the Syria conference, and security concerns ahead of the Sochi Olympics in Russia.


January 25, 2014

Issues in the News

Prominent Washington correspondents discuss topics making headlines around the world.


January 25, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal, and Tim Mak, Congressional Correspondent for The Washington Examiner discuss Syria conference, and the arrests in Egypt, deadly clashes in Ukraine, and a question of security ahead of the Sochi Olympics in Russia.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry & Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov strike a deal to de-escalate the Ukrainian crisis April 17, 2014 (AP)


 

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal, and Tim Mak, Congressional Correspondent for The Washington Examiner discuss the agreement between Russia, the US and the European Union to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine, a new al-Qaeda video, the controversy over Iran’s UN envoy, and Edward Snowden’s questions for Russia’s President Putin.


 

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About Issues in the News

Each week Anna Zalewski invites three prominent Washington journalists from print, wire services, and broadcast media to discuss the week's top stories.

The moderator and panelists comment on the week’s most salient domestic and international events. Drawing on contacts and sources at the White House and Capitol Hill, the journalists provide unique insights and analysis that go beyond the headlines.  They also discuss little-known but important developments, and add their personal insights to give listeners the "inside" story on what they see and hear in the news.

Meet Our Moderators

Fred Barnes

Fred Barnes is executive editor of "The Weekly Standard." From 1985 to 1995, he served as senior editor and White House correspondent for the "New Republic." He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the "Washington Star" before moving on to the "Baltimore Sun" in 1979. He served as the national political correspondent for the "Sun" and wrote the Presswatch media column for the "American Spectator."

Barbara Slavin is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, a website devoted to news from and about the Middle East. The author of a 2007 book, "Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation," she is a regular commentator on U.S. foreign policy and Iran on NPR, PBS and C-SPAN.
 

Barbara Slavin

Tom DeFrank


Tom DeFrank is a contributing editor at "National Journal." He was "Newsweek’s" White House correspondent for 25 years before serving as Washington bureau chief of the "New York Daily News." Tom, who has a reputation as being one of the best-sourced journalists in Washington, is the author of "Write it When I'm Gone," a book about former President Gerald Ford based on 30 years of private conversations with him. He has covered eight Presidents: Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama.
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Abderrahim Foukara:  Al Jazeera, Olivier Knox: Yahoo! News, Hilary Krieger: The Washington Post, David Rennie: The Economist, Tim Mak: The Washington Examiner

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