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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.


    January 22, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief & Lexington Columnist for The Economist, and Michael Williams, Contributor to CBS Radio discuss Iran deal and prisoner swap and the implications for the US-Iranian relations and the region, the UN report on the massive deaths in Iraq since 2014 and ISIS presence there, the Taliban massacre in Pakistan, and Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump.


    January 15, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor at National Journal, and Tim Mak, Senior Congressional Correspondent for The Daily Beast, discuss Iran’s seizing and releasing of two American patrol boats in the Persian Gulf, ISIS bombings in Indonesia and Turkey, President Obama’s final State of the Union address, and US politics.


    January 08, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, and Alexis Simendinger, White House Correspondent for RealClearPolitics discuss the implications of North Korea’s nuclear test, the growing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, President Obama’s executive action on guns, and the plummeting stocks and fear of economic slowdown around the world.


    January 01, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor at National Journal, and Michael Williams of CBS Radio in Washington DC discuss the retaking of Ramadi from ISIS, the South Korea “comfort women” deal with Japan, security concerns in Afghanistan amid the uptick in Islamic State group violence there, and the US politics.


    December 25, 2015

    Issues in the News

    On this special year-end edition of Issues in the News moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief & Lexington Columnist for The Economist, and Michael Williams, Contributor to CBS Radio in Washington DC discuss the rise of the ISIS, the violence in Syria and Iraq, the migrant crisis in Europe, the Iran deal, the US politics and much more.


    December 18, 2015

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor at National Journal, and Sylvester Monroe, Assistant Foreign Editor at the Washington Post, discuss the UN resolution to control the flow of cash to terrorists of the so-called Islamic State, EU high-level meetings on the migrant crisis and how to combat ISIS, and the fallout from the GOP debate in Las Vegas.


    December 11, 2015

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, Linda Feldmann, the White House and Chief Political Correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, and Tim Mak, Senior Congressional Correspondent for The Daily Beast discuss the fallout from Donald Trump’s calls for a ban on Muslims entering the US, latest from the FBI on San Bernardino shootings, Riyadh talks on Syria, and the Climate Conference in Paris.

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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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