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April 05, 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 and Editorial Section at The Washington Post discuss the collapse of the Middle East talks, NATO’s warnings about beefing up its presence in Eastern Europe after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Russia’s gas price hike for Ukraine, and Obamacare.  


March 29, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief of The Economist, Abderrahim Foukara, Washington Bureau Chief for Al Jazeera Satellite TV, and Tim Mak, Congressional Correspondent with The Washington Examiner discuss the US and the EU’s united front against Russia, the crisis in Ukraine, the presidential race in Egypt, and Twitter ban in Turkey.  


March 22, 2014

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 ramifications of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, NATO’s role in the crisis, and the 2014 midterm election with new polls showing Republicans in a strong position.


March 15, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of the Weekly Standard, Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal and David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief and Lexington Columnist for the Economist discuss the Crisis in Ukraine, the Crimean Referendum Standoff, the Special Election in Florida, and the Feinstein/CIA Rift.


March 08, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, and Stephen Collinson, White House Correspondent for Agence France Presse discuss escalating Russian – Ukrainian tensions in light of Russia’s incursion into Crimea and US and European diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve the crisis.


March 01, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal, Abderrahim Foukara, Washington Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera TV, and Tim Mak, Washington Correspondent for The Washington Examiner discuss the crisis in Ukraine and the tensions between the US and Russia, speculations over the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s proposed cut back of the military budget, and the decision by Arizona’s governor to veto a controversial anti-gay bill.


February 22, 2014

Issues in the News

Moderator David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief & Lexington Columnist for The Economist, Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal, and Jonathan Landay, Senior National Security & Intelligence Correspondent with McClatchy Newspapers discuss the crisis in Ukraine, the situation in Syria, and the UN report on North Korea human rights abuse.

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US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks about the ISIS threat, Aug. 21, 2014 (Reuters)


 

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, David Rennie, Lexington Columnist for The Economist, and Tim Mak, Senior Congressional Correspondent for The Daily Beast discuss the US airstrikes in Iraq and ISIS killing of the US journalist, the collapse of truce talks between Israel and Hamas, violence in Ukraine, and the racial divide in the US.

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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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