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    Friday July 29, 2016

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Barbara Slavin, Acting Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor, and Michael Williams, contributor to CBS Radio in Washington, discuss the politics and substance of the Democratic National Convention where Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman to clinch the nomination for president by a major US political party, fallout over the DNC hacking/email release including the resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, findings by US intelligence that indicate Russia was behind the DNC hacking, and Republican nominee Donald Trump’s active encouragement of a foreign power to conduct espionage against a political opponent by inviting Russia to hack Clinton’s computer to find “missing” emails.


    April 15, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Linda Feldmann, Washington Bureau Chief for The Christian Science Monitor, and Michael Williams, Contributor to CBS Radio discuss Russia – US relations, whether ISIS is on the defensive, Donald Trump versus the GOP, and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders before the New York primary.


    April 08, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, Jonathan Landay, National Security Correspondent for Reuters News Agency, and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor for National Journal discuss the Panama Papers revelations, Turkey – EU deal and the migrant crisis, and the race to the White House after the Wisconsin primary.


    April 01, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor, Arshad Mohammed, US Foreign Policy Correspondent for Reuters News, and Tim Mak, Senior Correspondent for The Daily Beast discuss President Obama’s final nuclear security summit, the fall-out from the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris, Donald Trump’s statements on women and Geneva Conventions, and the future effects of the climate change.


    March 25, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, David Rennie, Lexington Columnist for The Economist, and Michael Williams, Contributor to CBS Radio, discuss the fallout from the terrorist attacks in Belgium, and President Obama’s visits in Cuba and Argentina.


    March 18, 2016

    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 at National Journal discuss President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination, Donald Trump and US politics, EU – Turkey refugee deal, and Russia’s partial withdrawal from Syria.


    March 11, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor at National Journal, and David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief and Lexington Columnist for The Economist discuss Donald Trump contra the Republican Party establishment, Sanders / Clinton latest Democratic debate, the EU-Turkey tentative deal regarding migrants, and Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau in Washington.


    March 04, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Linda Feldmann, the White House & Chief Political Correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, and Michael Williams, Contributor to CBS Radio discuss the Super Tuesday aftermath, the UN sanctions against North Korea, Lebanon’s Hezbollah declared as terrorist group by Saudi Arabia, and the UK’s EU referendum.

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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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