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12 November 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: 8 Nov 2009

Moderator Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard

Panelists

Tom DeFrank, New York Daily News


Richard Wolffe, MSNBC
Topics Fort Hood Army Base shooting, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's unsuccessful diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, the question of security in Afghanistan, and significance of  GOP's gains in two governor races - in Virginia and New Jersey.

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Airdate: 1 Nov 2009

Moderator David Aikman, The American Spectator

Panelists

Martin Schram, Syndicated Columnist, Scripps Howard News Service


Roy Gutman, McClatchy Newspapers
Topics U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Pakistan where she questioned Pakistan's failure to locate al-Qaida terrorists, President Obama's decision whether to increase the U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and Iran's mixed signals in response to a U.N.-drafted nuclear fuel proposal.

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Airdate: 25 Oct 2009

Moderator Martin Schram, Syndicated Columnist, Scripps Howard News Service
Panelists

Tom DeFrank, Washington Bureau Chief, New York Daily News


Tom Omestad, freelance journalist
Topics NATO's commitment to stepping up its effort in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s role in combating the Taliban, Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Eastern Europe to reassure the U.S. allies there of the U.S. commitment to the region, and the Obama administration's decision of pay cuts for top executives at seven companies that received government bailouts.

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Airdate: 18 Oct 2009

Moderator David Aikman, Contributing Editor, The American Spectator
Panelists

Tom DeFrank, Washington Bureau Chief, New York Daily News


Martin Schram, Syndicated Columnist, Scripps Howard News Service
Topics Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Russia, the ongoing debate over US strategy in Afghanistan, deadly attacks and bombings in Pakistan, Pakistani reaction to the 7.5 billion dollar US Aid package to Islamabad, progress on health care reform legislation, the Dow reaching the symbolic 10,000 mark and the resumption of diplomatic ties between Armenia and Turkey.

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Airdate: 11 Oct 2009

Moderator Martin Schram, Syndicated Columnist, Scripps Howard News Service
Panelists

Tom DeFrank, Washington Bureau Chief, New York Daily News


David Aikman, Contributing Editor, The American Spectator
Topics President Obama as recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, the White House debate on US-Afghan strategy, Pakistan’s role in combating the Taliban, Pakistan’s reaction to restrictions on a US aid package, and the politics of health care reform.

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Airdate: 4 Oct 2009

Moderator Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard
Panelists

Richard Wolffe, MSNB


MHilary Krieger, Bureau Chief, Jerusalem Post
Topics Talks between the world's major powers and Iran in Geneva, results of the German elections, the Obama administration’s debate over strategy in Afghanistan, and the controversy over the arrest of filmmaker Roman Polanski in Switzerland.

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Airdate: 27 Sep 2009

Moderator Martin Schram, Scripps Howard News Service
Panelists

Tom DeFrank, New York Daily News


Michael Isikoff, Newsweek
Topics Repercussions the announcement  by President Obama and the leaders of France and Britain made at the G-20 economic summit of a previously secret Iranian nuclear facility, Libya's leader Moammar Gadhafi spectacle at the U.N.'s General Assembly, and Afghanistan.

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Airdate: 20 Sep 2009

Moderator Fred Barnes, The Weekly Standard
Panelists

Richard Wolff, MSNBC


Tom Omestad, freelance journalist
Topics President Obama's decision to scrap the missile defense bases in Poland and Czech Republic, the US decision to impose tariffs on Chinese tire imports before the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh, the health care debate, and the dilemma over whether US should be increasing the number of its troops in Afghanistan.

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