Washington journalists from print, wire services, and broadcast media discuss the top news stories of the week.
Drawing on their contacts and sources at the White House, Capitol Hill and elsewhere, our panel of journalists provide unique insights and analysis that go beyond the headlines and give listeners the "inside" story on what they see and hear in the news.
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Meet our Moderators and Panelists
David Rennie: Washington Bureau Chief, The Economist
Tom DeFrank: Contributing Editor, The National Journal
Linda Feldmann: Washington Bureau Chief, Christian Science Monitor
Michael Williams: Contributor, CBS Radio News
Dan Raviv: National Correspondent, Israeli-based channel i24News
Laura Meckler: Staff Writer, Wall Street Journal
Oren Dorell: Foreign Affairs Reporter, USA Today
Paul Brandus: White House Correspondent, West Wing Reports
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Issues in the News moderator Kim Lewis talks with VOA diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine and VOA executive editor Steve Redisch about what's at stake in talks between the U.S. and Iran, what prosecutors must prove in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin charged in the death of George Floyd, prospects for passing US President Joe Biden’s legislative priorities under the “reconciliation” mechanism and a corporate uproar over the new voting law in the southern state of Georgia.
Chauvin Trial Elicits Emotional Testimony
Issues in the News moderator Kim Lewis talks with senior reporter for Marketplace Nancy Marshall-Genzer and VOA senior TV correspondent Chris Simkins about the significance of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin charged in the death of George Floyd, U.S. President Joe Biden's revealed infrastructure plan, the economic ramifications of the delayed ships in the Suez Canal during a pandemic and the escalating violence in Myanmar.
Biden Appoints Harris on Border Crisis
Issues in the News moderator Kim Lewis talks with VOA congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson and VOA White House correspondent Patsy Widakuswara about the migrant crisis at the US southern border, prospects for gun safety legislation in the wake of another mass shooting, a rise in hate crimes against Asian-Americans and the state of US-China relations.
Biden Team Give US Help is Here Tour
Issues in the News moderator Dan Raviv, Columnist for Newsday with panelists Emily Tamkin, U.S. Editor for The New Statesman and Linda Feldmann, Washington Bureau Chief for the Christian Science Monitor discuss President Joe Biden's "Help is Here Tour;" the surge of migrants arriving at the U.S. southern border; the increase of hate crimes against Asian Americans during the COVID pandemic, as well as other national and international top news stories.
One Year Mark for COVID-19 Pandemic
This month marks one year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus pandemic. Issues in the News moderator Shayna Estulin, Kimberly Adams, Correspondent for Marketplace and Richard Latendresse, Correspondent for TVA Nouvelles Canada discuss the significance and implications of US President Joe Biden’s sweeping $1.9 trillion dollar coronavirus relief bill, which passed Congress with no Republican votes, additional legislative priorities for the Biden administration and the ongoing crisis in Myanmar.
FBI Intelligence Warned of Violence on US Capitol
Issues in the News moderator Michael Williams talks with panelists, JJ Green, National Security Correspondent for WTOP and host of Target USA, and Josh Glancy, Washington Bureau Chief for the Sunday Times about the raw intelligence the FBI had on the warnings of the violence that occurred on the US Capitol on January 6 as well as other major stories dominating the US and global landscapes.