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10 September 2009 

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Three prominent Washington journalists from print, wire services, and broadcast media meet to discuss the week's top stories in the world and nation.

The moderator and panelists analyze the trends, bring listeners 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.

Airdate: 6 Sep 2009

Moderator
Fred Barnes, Executive Editor, Weekly Standard
Panelists

Tom DeFrank, Washington Bureau Chief, New York Daily News


Warren Strobel, McClatchy Newspapers
Topics A crushing election victory of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), and its implications for the US-Japanese relations, the review of the strategy in Afghanistan, Libya's Muammar Gaddafi and the Lockerbie controversy, and what's behind President Obama's slipping job approval ratings.

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Airdate: 30 Aug 2009

Moderator
Fred Barnes, Executive Editor, Weekly Standard
Panelists

Tom DeFrank, Washington Bureau Chief, New York Daily News


Martin Schram, Columnist, Scripps Howard News Service
Topics The passing of US Senator Edward Kennedy, the release of previously classified report on CIA interrogations of terrorism suspects, and the disputed outcome of  Afghanistan's presidential election.

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Airdate: 23 Aug 2009

Moderator
Fred Barnes, Executive Editor, Weekly Standard
Panelists

Tom DeFrank, Washington Bureau Chief, New York Daily News


Martin Schram, Columnist, Scripps Howard News Service
Topics Release of the Libyan agent convicted for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, the latest violence in Iraq, the disputed outcome of  Afghanistan's presidential election, and the decline in public confidence in U.S. President Barack Obama amid concerns about health care reform.

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Airdate: 16 Aug 2009

Moderator
Martin Schram, Columnist, Scripps Howard News Service
Panelists

David Aikman, Contributing Editor, American Spectator


Michael Isikoff, Investigative Correspondent, Newsweek Magazine
Topics Upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan, Hillary Clinton’s Africa tour, security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, and the health-care reform debate in the United States.

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Airdate: 9 Aug 2009

Moderator
David Aikman, Contributing Editor to the American Spectator
Panelists

Martin Schram, Columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service


Kevin Whitelaw, freelance journalist, formerly US News and World Report
Topics North Korea’s release of two captive American journalists, political turmoil in Iran, Hillary Clinton’s Africa tour and the run-up to Afghanistan’s elections.

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Airdate: 2 Aug 2009

Moderator
Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard 
Panelists

Tom DeFrank, New York Daily News


Warren Strobel, McClatchy Newspapers
Topics A shifting U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, the status of the U.S.-Israeli relations, new protests in Iran, and Obama’s job approval ratings.

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Airdate: 26 July 2009

Moderator
Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard 
Panelists

Tom DeFrank, New York Daily News


Kevin Whitelaw, freelance journalist
Topics The debate over the health care reform, President Obama’s job approval ratings, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s trip to Asia, and Vice President Biden’s visit to Ukraine and Georgia.

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Airdate: 19 July 2009

Moderator
Martin Schram, Scripps Howard News Service 
Panelists

Tom DeFrank, New York Daily News


Richard Wolffe, MSNBC
Topics The legality of the secret CIA program, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s major speech on U.S. foreign policy priorities, confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court nominee – Sonia Sotomayor, and health care reform.

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