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January 16, 2015

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, and Christophe Vogt, Editor-in-Chief for North America at Agence France Press discuss a backlash within Muslim communities after five million copies of “Charlie Hebdo” have been printed, freedom of the press versus security, and the absence of the high level US official at the rally in Paris.


January 09, 2015

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Oren Dorell, Foreign Affairs Reporter for USA Today, and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal discuss the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Paris, the debate over security, free speech, a stronger crackdown on suspected terrorists and how bold the media should be.


January 02, 2015

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of the Weekly Standard, Tim Mak, Senior Congressional Correspondent for the Daily Beast, and David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief and Lexington Columnist for the Economist discuss the AirAsia disaster, the significance of Putin’s sentencing of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg, the reason for and implications of the drop in global oil prices, President Obama’s challenges in the face of an all-Republican Congress.


December 26, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor for The Weekly Standard, Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for al Monitor.com and Stephen Collinson, Senior Reporter at CNN Politics, discuss the most significant stories of 2014 such as Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the results of US midterm elections, which strengthened Republicans in Congress, the fallout from the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions, which further strained relations between police and minority communities, the extension of nuclear talks with Iran, President Obama’s immigration order and his stunning year-end decision to begin normalizing US-Cuba relations.


December 19, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor for The Weekly Standard, Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for al Monitor.com and Stephen Collinson, Senior Reporter at CNN Politics, discuss the significance and implications of President Obama’s stunning announcement to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, Russia’s economic slide and the significance of Jeb Bush’s announcement to explore a presidential run 2016.


December 12, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief & Lexington Columnist for The Economist, and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal discuss the aftermath of the CIA Torture Report, the lame duck session of Congress, the end of 10-week unprecedented street demonstrations in Hong Kong, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


December 05, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, discusses with Stephen Collinson and Chris Moody, two CNN Politics reporters - the race relations and police behavior in the US, Iran bombing ISIL in Iraq, Kurdish oil and budget deal with Baghdad, and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s speech about the impact of the declining oil prices.

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Iranian celebrate waiting for the arrival of FM Mohammad Javad Zarif Teheran, April 3, 2015 (AP)


 

Moderator David Rennie, Lexington Columnist for The Economist and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal discuss the framework nuclear deal with Iran and Iran's rise in the region, the Summit of the Americas, US politics, and race relations in the aftermath of South Carolina shooting.

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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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