Archive for September 2012

Kucinich in DC for 8th annual "Green Festival"

September 28, 2012 - 03:30 PM
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This November, democrats hope to net enough seats to regain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. They need 25 to do it.

Politico reports democratic strategists have shuffled a series of TV ad buys in districts across the country -- scaling back in some races while ramping up in others.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) discussed that and other issues on Capital Insider.

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WH: Terrorists executed attack on Libyan consulate

September 28, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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The White House says it now considers a deadly assault on the U.S. consulate in Libya a terrorist attack.

J.J. Green, national security correspondent for WTOP Radio, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Growing concern about the FAA and civilian drones

September 27, 2012 - 06:00 PM
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The Government Accountability Office released a new report this month. It says Congress passed a law last February that requires the Federal Aviation Administration to develop a system for civilian drones to fly safely in U.S. airspace.

That law also requires the FAA to meet several milestones.

Dr. Gerald Dillingham, director of physical infrastructure issues at the GAO, discussed the FAA's progress on Capital Insider.

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Median price of homes sold jumps by record amount

September 27, 2012 - 05:30 PM
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The U.S. housing market showed more positive signs this month. Nationally, new home sales dipped in August compared to July, but the median price of homes sold by a record amount -- jumping 11.2 percent. That's the biggest one month gain on record.

The Washington Business Journal's Jennifer Nycz-Conner discussed that and other business issues on Capital Insider.

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New push to protect poor as U.S. approaches fiscal cliff

September 26, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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This week, International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde called on U.S. and European leaders to take urgent action and deal with a faltering economy. She says the global economy will recover gradually, but that growth will be weaker than anticipated.

Meanwhile, U.S. lawmakers called it a day -- leaving Washington for seven weeks without passing any substantial fiscal legislation.

Jonathan Strong, staff writer for CQ Roll Call discussed the approaching fiscal cliff with Capital Insider.

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At U.N., Obama consistent on approach to Iran

September 26, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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President Obama told the U.N. General Assembly that he wants to resolve a dispute over Iran's nuclear program through diplomacy, but that the time to do so is not unlimited.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his country has a new long-range drone capable of reaching Israel.

Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (U.S. Army, reserve) discussed those issues on Capital Insider.

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Cyber threats and a potential executive order

September 25, 2012 - 05:15 PM
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A frustrated Congress left Washington last weekend with the hope that the presidential election will be a referendum on governance.

Lawmakers could use some direction.

They return in seven weeks to a crowded list of items -- including unresolved legislation on cybersecurity.

In the meantime, a potential executive order to address cyber threats is near completion.

Troy K. Schneider, executive editor of Federal Computer Week, discussed that issue with Capital Insider.

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Sen. Akaka to retire, remembered as friend of the feds

September 25, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, is scheduled to retire.

The Washington Post's Joe Davidson reflected on Akaka's career with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

September 24, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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After a week both parties dubbed "terrible," Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney's campaign went on the attack.

On Monday, Romney told an audience in Pueblo Colo. that U.S. Foreign policy should not be conducted "at the mercy of events" overseas. He also said the death of a U.S. Ambassador in Libya and unrest in the Middle East are more than just bumps in the road.

Romney was referencing President Obama's interview with "60 Minutes." When asked about recent events in the Middle East (but not the attack in Libya specifically), Obama said the following:

"There are going to be bumps in the road because... in a lot of these places the one organizing principal has been Islam."

Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discussed the previous week in politics on Capital Insider.

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Author concerned about voting challenges of 2012

September 21, 2012 - 08:30 PM
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According to author Charles Santangelo, this presidential election will confront citizens with an array of voting challenges. They might remind voters of 2000 in Florida, and 2004 in Ohio.

Santangelo says, instead of increasing access to voting and providing safeguards, 2012 could serve as a historical repeat.

Here's his interview on Capital Insider.

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Mortgage rates at new low, confidence at new high

September 21, 2012 - 06:00 PM
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Mortgage rates for 30-year loans tumbled on Thursday. They matched the lowest level on record -- keeping borrowing costs down as the real estate market improves.

Freddie Mac reports the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.49 percent, and the average 15-year rate slid to 2.77 percent. That's also a new low.

Ingrid Beckles, of The Beckles Collective, discussed those numbers and other real estate headlines on Capital Insider.

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Congressional salaries, taxing the internet, and the Chevy Volt

September 21, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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The Library of Congress unveiled a new website this week. Congress.gov is their first new search engine since 1995 and replaces the "Thomas" system. Thomas was launched when the internet was in its infancy. Congress.gov operates more like Google, with one box to search all data.

This year, such information may be hard to come by. Seven weeks before the election, lawmakers remain in partisan gridlock -- punting on massive budget measures like the farm bill, entitlement reform, and other appropriations.

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed those issues and others on Capital Insider.

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Sammies winners, imagination, and navigating bureaucracy

September 21, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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For the past five months, Capital Insider ran a series focused on the stars of the federal government. The Service to America Medals, or "Sammies," honor federal employees who make the agencies they work for stronger.

Tom Fox, of the Partnership for Public Service, highlighted some of this year's winners and the skills they bring to the job.

Here's his interview on Capital Insider:

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Are the possible effects of sequestration being exaggerated?

September 19, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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The word "sequestration" keeps coming up on the campaign trail, especially in the Washington metro area.

John Donnelly, senior writer and editor of Executive Briefing Defense for CQ Roll Call, offered a detailed look at the way those cuts could affect the Defense Department.

Here's his interview with Capital Insider:

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Mitt Romney and the 47 percent

September 19, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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Republican Nominee Mitt Romney says there's a great divide in America -- between those who want to take wealth and pass it around, and those who want to earn money for themselves.

Romney made that statement on the right-leaning Fox News Channel, one day after left-leaning Mother Jones Magazine posted a controversial speech online.

Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, offered analysis of "the 47 percent" on Capital Insider.

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Financial industry one year after "Occupy"

September 18, 2012 - 03:30 PM
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Police arrested more than 100 Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York City on Monday. They marched in small groups around Manhattan's financial district, clogged traffic, then gathered across from Zuccotti Park.

Events are planned in 30 cities worldwide, including San Francisco where marchers will hold an evening rally outside Bank of America.

Danielle Douglas, financial reporter for The Washington Post, discussed financial headlines on Occupy's one-year anniversary.

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Tinsley: Contractors should plan for the worst

September 18, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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On Friday, the White House issued a report calling $109 billion in across-the-board spending cuts, "deeply destructive." The process, commonly know as sequestration, was put in place last year after a congressional supercommittee failed to strike a budget deal.

Here's Michael Tinsley, founder and CEO of NeoSystems Corporation, on sequestration's possible impact on the IT community.

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That was the week that was

September 17, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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A smattering of new polls show President Obama ahead of Republican Nominee Mitt Romney by several percentage points in key swing states -- including Virginia, Ohio, and Florida.

Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler offered analysis on Capital Insider.

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Combined Federal Campaign kicks off with ambitious goal

September 17, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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In 1961, President John F. Kennedy launched a program called the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area. It's goal: encourage federal workers to raise money for people and communities in need.

Dr. Brandon Haller discussed this year's fundraising effort on Capital Insider.

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Will iPhone 5 live up to the hype?

September 14, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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The iPhone 5 will go on sale next week. It's slimmer, faster, and taller than versions one through four, but it still works with 4G cellular networks.

Apple will also dump Google's mapping service in favor of its own.

Hayley Tsukayama, tech reporter for The Washington Post, cut through the hype surrounding Apple's new device on Capital Insider.

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