Archive for March 2013

B-2 bombers drop munitions in South Korea

March 29, 2013 - 02:45 PM
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the decision to send two nuclear capable B-2 stealth bombers to the Korean peninsula was part of normal exercises and not intended to provoke North Korea. The Thursday flight was not the first time B-2 bombers participated in a training drill over South Korea, but it was the first time they dropped something out.

J.J. Green, national security correspondent for WTOP Radio, discussed the flight and other top defense issues with Capital Insider.

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Opaque standards for Obama's non-profit group

March 29, 2013 - 02:40 PM
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This week, Organizing for Action -- President Obama's non-profit group -- publicly backed an effort to reform campaign finance laws in New York. But they might be sending mixed signals.

Dave Levinthal, senior political reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, discussed that issue with Capital Insider.

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Will the postal service end Saturday delivery?

March 28, 2013 - 03:35 PM
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This week, President Obama signed the continuing resolution into law. It requires the postal service to deliver mail six days a week -- despite the agency's push to end Saturday delivery.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says the move would save the cash poor service $2 billion a year.

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed that and other top tax issues with Capital Insider.

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DC Tech hub "1776" gets boost from federal program, Mayor Gray

March 28, 2013 - 03:30 PM
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In January of 2011, President Obama announced "Startup America" -- a set of entrepreneur-focused policy initiatives. The program draws from a $1 billion pool, and is designed to fuel 100,000 new businesses.

In Washington D.C., it helped launch a new technology hub called "1776."

Bill Flook, staff reporter at the Washington Business Journal, discussed the program with Capital Insider.

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CIA taps Amazon for cloud contract

March 26, 2013 - 03:35 PM
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The Central Intelligence Agency and e-commerce giant Amazon have agreed on a 10-year, $600 million cloud computing contract.

Frank Konkel, reporter for FCW, discussed the deal and its implications with Capital Insider.

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DOMA and the federal workforce

March 26, 2013 - 03:30 PM
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The issue of same-sex marriage goes before the Supreme Court twice this week. On Tuesday, justices heard arguments over the ban in California. On Wednesday, they will consider a case involving the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist at The Washington Post, discussed the possible impact on federal workers.

Here's his interview with Capital Insider:

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That was the week that was

March 25, 2013 - 02:12 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discuss the week in politics. In this installment, they debate President Obama's trip to the Mideast, the Mark Sanford comeback show, and the GOP racket over Obama's NCAA bracket.

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The long-term outlook for defense spending

March 22, 2013 - 02:20 PM
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On Thursday, the House passed a continuing resolution by a wide margin -- 318 to 109. It funds the federal government through September.

John Donnelly, senior writer for CQ Roll Call, discussed the CR's implications for the Pentagon with Capital Insider.

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Cutting paper products from federal budgets

March 22, 2013 - 02:15 PM
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In this age of federal budget cuts, government agencies are looking for ways to save money. Tom Suder, president of MobileGov, thinks a transition from paper documents to electronic records is part of the solution.

Here's his interview with Capital Insider:

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President Obama urges Israelis to compromise

March 21, 2013 - 04:10 PM
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On Thursday, President Obama delivered an impassioned appeal for Israel to recognize that compromise will be necessary to achieve lasting security.

Obama's trip to Israel -- his first as president -- will focus on Iran's nuclear program, Syria, Israeli settlements, and the prospect for peace with the Palestinians.

Matthew Brodsky, director of policy for the Jewish Policy Center, discussed the trip with Capital Insider.

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Do rising mortgage rates support the housing recovery?

March 21, 2013 - 04:05 PM
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This week, the Commerce Department released new numbers. They show U.S. builders started more homes in February -- and filed more permits for future construction -- at the fastest pace in more than four years. Now, mortgage rates are also on the rise.

Ingrid Beckles, CEO of the Beckles Collective, discussed the housing market with Capital Insider.

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China holds the keys to North Korean diplomacy

March 20, 2013 - 02:35 PM
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On Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. It was the first high-level exchange between the two countries in six months. The atmosphere remains strained over alleged state-sponsored computer hacking and China's mercurial ally, North Korea.

Col. Douglas Macgregor (U.S. Army, retired) discussed the meeting and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Senate limits debate on the CR

March 20, 2013 - 02:30 PM
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Congress will be knee deep in the Continuing Resolution this week, as lawmakers work to avert a government shutdown.

Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the CR's implications with Capital Insider.

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The incredibly competitive smartphone market

March 19, 2013 - 02:40 PM
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This month, Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S-4. The phone features a larger, sharper screen than the best-selling S-3. It will be sold by all four national carriers and cost about $200 with a two-year contract.

Is it worth the investment?

Hayley Tsukayama, technology reporter for The Washington Post, discussed the smartphone market with Capital Insider.

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Labor nominee faces some GOP opposition

March 19, 2013 - 02:35 PM
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On Monday, President Obama nominated Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez to be the next secretary of labor. Perez assumed control of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division in 2009. Before that, he served as the secretary of Maryland's Department of Labor.

Francis Rose, host of "In Depth with Francis Rose" on Federal News Radio, discussed the nomination and other top government issues with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

March 18, 2013 - 01:30 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discuss the week in politics. In this installment, they debate Sen. Rob. Portman's change of heart on gay marriage and budget battle déjà vu.

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The suspicious death of Shane Todd

March 15, 2013 - 03:00 PM
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In June, police discovered the body of American Engineer Shane Todd in his Singapore apartment. Local investigators ruled his death a suicide. Days before, Todd had resigned from the tech firm IME, told his family he feared for his life, and made plans to move back to Montana.

This week, Singapore's foreign minister met with Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) on Capitol Hill. Baucus wants the FBI to review Todd's case.

Col. Cedric Leighton, a former military intelligence officer, discussed that and other top defense topics with Capital Insider.

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Managing federal workers in a time of crisis

March 15, 2013 - 02:55 PM
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Government agencies started adapting to smaller budgets weeks ago. On Thursday, the Obama Administration told Congress they released more than 2,000 illegal immigrants from jail. ICE Director John Morton says he made the decision for, "solely budgetary reasons."

Morton is not alone. Over the coming months, agency leaders will cut services, staff and hours.

Tom Fox, with the Partnership for Public Service, offered analysis on managing federal workers in a time of crisis. Here's his interview with Capital Insider:

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The school security grant program

March 15, 2013 - 02:50 PM
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This month, the Senate Judiciary Panel passed measures intended to curb gun violence. They would expand background checks on private gun sales, ban assault-style weapons, and expand a school security grant program.

Amanda Klinger, director of operations for the Educator's School Safety Network, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Is it time to celebrate an economic recovery?

March 14, 2013 - 04:45 PM
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The Commerce Department released new numbers on Wednesday that show U.S. consumers spent at the fastest pace in five months despite higher Social Security taxes. The 1.1 percent increase means the economy is growing faster than expected.

Ylan Mui, financial reporter for The Washington Post, discussed retail spending and other top business topics with Capital Insider.

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