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    Prominent Washington correspondents discuss topics making headlines around the world.


    February 26, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Arshad Mohammed, US Foreign Policy Correspondent for Reuters News Agency, and Michael Williams, Contributor to CBS Radio discuss Donald Trump’s winning streak in the race to the White House, the Supreme Court vacancy fight, President Obama’s call for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, and security vis a vis privacy as illustrated in the Apple versus the FBI debate.


    February 19, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, and Hilary Krieger, Enterprise Editor for CNN Politics Digital discuss the political implications of Justice Scalia’s death, a contentious race to the White House, Turkey, Kurds and ISIS conundrum in Syria, and China’s deployment of surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island in the South China Sea.


    February 12, 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 Abderrahim Foukara, Washington Bureau Chief of Al-Jazeera Satellite TV discuss the security talks in Munich aimed at reconciling differences between the US and Russia over a proposed cease-fire in Syria, US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s appeal for military and financial help to carry out the campaign against ISIS, and US politics.


    February 05, 2016

    Issues in the News

    Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Tim Mak, Senior Correspondent for The Daily Beast, and Michael Williams, Contributor to CBS Radio, discuss the presidential race to the White House after the Iowa Caucus and ahead of the New Hampshire primary, President Obama’s mosque visit, the suspension of Syria peace talks and an international donors conference in London to support Syrian refugees.


    January 29, 2016

    Issues in the News

    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.


    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.

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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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