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Prominent Washington correspondents discuss topics making headlines around the world.


February 13, 2015

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 debate over war authorization against ISIL in Congress, presidential war powers, the Ukraine/Russia ceasefire accord, and whether or not a nuclear deal with Iran is possible as another deadline approaches.


February 06, 2015

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, David Rennie, Lexington Columnist for The Economist, and Gopal Ratnam, Senior Staff Writer at Foreign Policy discuss the killing of the Jordanian pilot, is President Obama’s policy working towards defeating ISIS, Secretary of State Kerry’s visit in Kiev, and proposed arming of Ukraine.


January 30, 2015

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Abderrahim Foukara, Washington Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera, and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal discuss the clashes between Israel and Hezbollah along the Israel-Lebanon border, President Obama’s visits to India and Saudi Arabia, and growing strains between Russia and the US.


January 23, 2015

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Stephen Collinson, Senior Reporter at CNN Politics, and Tim Mak, Senior Congressional Correspondent for The Daily Beast discuss the State of the Union Address, President Obama and the Republican Congress, the unrest in Yemen, and the anti-ISIS meeting in London.


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.

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President Obama decided to send more US troops to Iraq to fight ISIS June 30, 2015 (Reuters)


 

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Hilary Krieger, Enterprise Editor for CNN Politics, and David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief and Lexington Columnist for The Economist discuss  President Obama’s decision to send more US troops to Iraq, the allegations that Israel is behind bugging talks on Iran’s nuclear program, and the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership in US Congress.

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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.
Frequent Panelists

Abderrahim Foukara:  Al Jazeera, Olivier Knox: Yahoo! News, Hilary Krieger: POLITICO, David Rennie: The Economist, Tim Mak: The Daily Beast

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