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    Prominent Washington correspondents discuss topics making headlines around the world.

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    Prominent Washington correspondents discuss topics making headlines around the world.


    July 22, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Barbara Slavin, Acting Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor; Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to the National Journal; and Abderrahim Foukara, Washington Bureau Chief for Al-Jazeera Satellite TV discuss international and domestic implications of the failed coup attempt in Turkey, including mass detentions, a state of emergency and Ankara’s request to Washington to extradite Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan alleges was behind the aborted coup, and analysis of the Republican National Convention.


    July 15, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Barbara Slavin, Acting Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor, Michael Williams, Contributor to CBS Radio in Washington, and David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief and Lexington Columnist for The Economist discuss the terror attack in Nice, the ruling against China by the Permanent Court of Arbitration regarding Beijing’s controversial activities in the South China Sea; turmoil and racial tensions from recent police shootings of two black men and the subsequent murder of five white police officers; and what to expect from Britain’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May.


    July 08, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Linda Feldmann, Washington Bureau Chief of The Christian Science Monitor, and Stephen Collinson, Senior Reporter at CNN Politics discuss the ambush in Dallas, the fallout from the FBI decision not to charge Hillary Clinton with a crime for her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state, and President Obama’s announcement to leave 8,400 American troops in Afghanistan.


    July 01, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor, and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor at National Journal discuss the terrorist attack in Turkey, recent gains in the fight against the Islamic State, the EU after Brexit, and US politics.


    June 24, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of the Weekly Standard Magazine, David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief & Lexington Columnist for The Economist, and Michael Williams, Contributor to CBS Radio discuss the global implications of the British exit from the EU and the British Prime Minister David Cameron's resignation.


    June 17, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor, and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor at National Journal discuss the fallout from the Orlando attack including the gun control debate in the US Congress.


    June 10, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Hilary Krieger, Enterprise Editor for CNN Politics Digital, and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor at National Journal discuss the race to the White House after the California primary, India’s Prime Minister Modi’s visit in Washington, and Tel Aviv attack.

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    Syrian ambassador to the UN & head of the government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari at the peace talks in Geneva, Jan. 31, 2016 (AFP)

    Moderator Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, Arshad Mohammed, US Foreign Policy Correspondent for Reuters News Agency, and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor at National Journal discuss President Obama’s new strategy to combat ISIS, Syria’s peace talks, Iranian President Rouhani’s visit to Italy and France, and Donald Trump’s boycott of the GOP final debate ahead of the Iowa Caucus.

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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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