That's what dramas do. They are fictionalized accounts of real life. The West Wing did this all the time. Law & Order practically invented ripped from the headlines. They provide alternate realities of how certain situations could be handled, starting from the true life situation. Of course, IRL, situations aren't wrapped up in 60 minutes. You have to maintain the old willing suspension of disbelief.
On a number of occasions, Madam Secretary's story lines, in fact, have come before actual events hit the headlines. Off the top of my head, I can recall the story about tundra in the Arctic region and China claiming islands in the South China Seas. A few weeks after the plot appeared on my TV, I read about these events in the news. (Although they weren't handled IRL the same as on the show.)