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November 30, 2013

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief for The Economist, and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal discuss reaction to and ramifications of the nuclear deal with Iran, tensions between China and the US over the disputed East China Sea islands, Moscow pressure on Ukraine not to sign the association agreement with the EU, and US politics.
 


November 23, 2013

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Viola Ginger, Senior Writer at the United States Institute of Peace, and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal discuss the US-Afghan security agreement, Iran nuclear negotiations, the US politics, and the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.


November 16, 2013

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief for The Economist, and Abderrahim Foukara, Washington Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera Satellite TV discuss the US response to typhoon-ravaged Philippines, Iran and US Secretary John Kerry’s call on US lawmakers to hold off on new sanctions, Egypt and the Obamacare.


November 09, 2013

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Said Arikat, Washington Correspondent for Al Quds Daily Newspaper, and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal discuss the new round of talks between world powers and Iran, US Secretary of State John Kerry’s diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, and the gubernatorial election results in Virginia and New Jersey.


November 02, 2013

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Olivier Knox, Chief Washington Correspondent for Yahoo! News, and Tim Mak, Congressional Correspondent for The Washington Examiner discuss the ObamaCare’s challenges, the new revelations about NSA tapping into Yahoo and Google links, and Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki’s visit in Washington.


October 26, 2013

Issues in the News

Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief & Lexington Columnist for The Economist, and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to National Journal discuss the EU’s allegations that the US has been spying on its allies, the US use of drones, and Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic anger with Washington. 


October 19, 2013

Issues in the News

Moderator Barbara Slavin, Washington Correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, David Rennie, Washington Bureau Chief & Lexington Columnist for The Economist, and Tim Mak, Congressional Correspondent for The Washington Examiner discuss the fallout from the US government shutdown, the polarization in the US Congress, and the nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers in Geneva.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry & Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov strike a deal to de-escalate the Ukrainian crisis April 17, 2014 (AP)


 

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 the agreement between Russia, the US and the European Union to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine, a new al-Qaeda video, the controversy over Iran’s UN envoy, and Edward Snowden’s questions for Russia’s President Putin.


 

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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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Abderrahim Foukara:  Al Jazeera, Olivier Knox: Yahoo! News, Hilary Krieger: The Washington Post, David Rennie: The Economist, Tim Mak: The Washington Examiner

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