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January 18, 2014

Issues in the News

 
Moderator Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief and Lexington Columnist for The Economist, and Abderrahim Foukara, Washington Bureau Chief for Al Jazeera Satellite TV discuss Syria ahead of the peace conference, Iran nuclear accord implementation and the Senate push for sanctions, Egyptian vote on a new constitution, and the US Senate report on the 2012 Benghazi attack.


January 11, 2014

Issues in the News

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  former secretary of defense Bob Gates’s controversial memoir, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s troubles, a resurgence of al-Qaida linked militants in Iraq, and al-Qaida and the Syrian crisis.


January 04, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of the Weekly Standard, Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, and Hilary Krieger, an Editor with the Opinions & Editorial Section at The Washington Post discuss the suicide bombings in Russia ahead of the Winter Olympics there, US Secretary of State John Kerry’s diplomatic efforts in setting the framework for Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, and calls for clemency for Edward Snowden.


December 28, 2013

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of the Weekly Standard, Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal and Said Arikat, Washington Correspondent and Political Analyst for the Jerusalem based Al Quds Daily Newspaper discuss Egypt’s designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, the corruption scandal in Turkey, the implications of the spiraling unrest that threatens to descend into civil war in South Sudan, and US politics. 


December 21, 2013

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Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of the Weekly Standard, Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, and David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief for The Economist discuss the NSA ruling, the split in the GOP regarding the budget deal, Ukraine’s deal with Russia, and the US economy. 


December 14, 2013

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of the Weekly Standard, Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal discuss the protests in Ukraine, the growing strength of the Islamic Front in Syria, and the US budget deal.


December 07, 2013

Issues in the News

Moderator Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief for The Economist, and Tim Mak, Congressional Correspondent for The Washington Examiner discuss Vice-President Joe Biden’s visit to China amid the tensions over the disputed East China Sea islands, the assassination of Hezbollah leader in Lebanon, and Ukraine’s protests.

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A clergyman adresses pro-Russian protesters, Luhansk, eastern Ukraine April 14, 2014 (AP)


 

Moderator Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, Stephen Collinson, White House Correspondent for Agence France Presse, and Tim Mak, Congressional Correspondent for The Washington Examiner discuss pro-Russia demonstrations in Ukraine, the collapse of the Middle East talks, an upcoming fresh round of Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, and the Heartbleed bug sweeping the Internet.


 

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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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