Archive for April 2013

Israel claims "nightmare scenario" in Syria is coming true

April 30, 2013 - 03:35 PM
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Former Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer says chemical weapons from Syria are trickling in to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. It's the first such claim by a senior politician in Israel.

Meanwhile, some U.S. lawmakers want President Obama to pursue a stronger military response there.

Matthew Brodsky, director of policy for The Jewish Policy Center, discussed the situation in Syria with Capital Insider.

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Living Social gets hacked

April 30, 2013 - 03:30 PM
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On Friday, Living Social acknowledged that the personal data of more than 50 million customers may have been compromised. They urged users to create new passwords. The cyber attack comes at a difficult time for the District-based company.

Hayley Tsukayama, technology reporter for The Washington Post, discussed that issue with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

April 29, 2013 - 01:35 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discuss the week in politics. In this installment, they debate the necessity of air traffic controller furloughs, the legacy of Former President George W. Bush, and the "red line" on chemical weapons in Syria.

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Boston Marathon Bombing investigation, behind-the-scenes

April 26, 2013 - 02:25 PM
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This week, a team of investigators from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow questioned the parents of the Boston Marathon Bombing suspects. They want to know if Tamerlan Tsarnaev was radicalized or received bomb training during his stay in the Caucasus.

Chris Swecker, former assistant director of the FBI, discussed that and other issues with Capital Insider.

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Hagel: "Syrian regime has used chemical weapons"

April 26, 2013 - 02:20 PM
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The U.S. intelligence community has concluded "with some degree of varying confidence" that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have used sarin gas as a weapon in the country's civil war.

So, what happens now?

J.J. Green, national security correspondent for WTOP Radio, discussed the two-year-old civil war with Capital Insider.

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Orbital Sciences completes historic launch

April 25, 2013 - 04:30 PM
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A new commercial rocket was launched from Wallops Island, Va. this week. It paves the way for cargo flights to the International Space Station.

Jill Aitoro, federal procurement senior reporter for the Washington Business Journal, discussed that and other top business topics with Capital Insider.

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Internal controls and accounting procedures at the SEC

April 25, 2013 - 04:25 PM
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission helps manage America's money. But according to a recent report, the agency had some trouble managing its own.

Jim Dalkin, director of financial management and assurance issues with the Government Accountability Office, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

 

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FAA furloughs and political football

April 25, 2013 - 04:20 PM
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This week, airports across the country reported delays as forced furloughs of air traffic controllers slow down operations. Now, some lawmakers want to postpone the furloughs for 30 days so they can come up with a better plan to cut spending.

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

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Boston Marathon Bombing and immigration reform

April 25, 2013 - 04:15 PM
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. She addressed sweeping immigration legislation and how it relates to the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Rob Margetta, editor of homeland security issues for CQ Roll Call, discussed that and other top defense topics with Capital Insider.

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Bombing investigation doesn't slow down political fundraising

April 23, 2013 - 02:30 PM
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The Boston Marathon bombing overshadowed everything on Capitol Hill last week. It also kept some lawmakers busy -- navigating issues of national security. The terrorist attack did not, however, slow down political fundraising.

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

 

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The top mergers and acquisitions of 2012

April 23, 2013 - 02:25 PM
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Washington Technology Magazine just published its annual M&A list. It includes 103 deals, chosen for their impact on each company and on the market as a whole..

Nick Wakeman, editor in chief of Washington Technology, discussed the list with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

April 22, 2013 - 04:15 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discuss the week in politics. In this installment, they debate the the future of gun control legislation in the U.S., surprising criticism from Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), and Mark Sanford's rocky road to political redemption.

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Defense officials, some lawmakers at odds on Syria

April 19, 2013 - 04:40 PM
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The Pentagon will send 200 soldiers from an Army unit in Jordan to help contain violence along the Syrian border. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says they will also ensure the safety of chemical weapons in the war-torn country.

Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ) want more direct U.S. involvement.

John Donnelly, senior writer and editor of Executive Briefing Defense for CQ Roll Call, discussed that issue with Capital Insider.

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The emerging science of mobile crime scenes

April 19, 2013 - 04:35 PM
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This week, the FBI -- with help from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives -- has been busy investigating the Boston Marathon bombing. In the future, agents will be able to access vast resources from the palm of their hand.

Richard Holgate, assistant director for science and technology at the ATF, discussed the emerging science of mobile crime scenes with Capital Insider.

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Federal job satisfaction hits lowest point since '03

April 18, 2013 - 03:30 PM
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The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte just released their annual survey, "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government." The results are discouraging. Job satisfaction declined for the second straight year, and hit its lowest point since 2003 -- the year the survey was created.

Tom Fox, the Federal Coach, discussed the survey with Capital Insider.

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Will student loan debt crater the housing recovery?

April 18, 2013 - 03:25 PM
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Last month, U.S. homebuilders passed the 1 million mark for the first time since June of 2008 -- and that's before the spring buying season.

Housing Policy Professional Ingrid Beckles offered analysis on Capital Insider.

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Political role reversal on the Tennessee Valley Authority

April 17, 2013 - 04:35 PM
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Some Republican lawmakers are criticizing President Obama for suggesting the government consider selling the Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA, the largest publicly-owned utility in the U.S., serves nine million customers in seven states including Virginia.

In his 2014 budget blueprint, Obama says selling TVA will cut the federal deficit by $25 billion.

Steve Ellis, vice president of the non-partisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed that and other top tax issues with Capital Insider.

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North Korea's impact on regional security

April 17, 2013 - 04:30 PM
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On Tuesday, North Korea lashed out at the South over a small public protest in Seoul. They are furious that demonstrators burned top North Korean officials in effigy. Meanwhile, the world remains on high alert about a medium-range missile launch.

Col. Douglas Macgregor (U.S. Army, retired) discussed that and other top defense issues with Capital Insider.

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Boston Marathon bombing results in tightened security worldwide

April 16, 2013 - 02:40 PM
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President Obama says explosions at the Boston Marathon are being investigated as an act of terror. He called the bombing "a heinous and cowardly act" used to target innocent civilians. Three people were killed and more than 170 were wounded.

A person briefed on the investigation says the explosives contained shards of metal, nails, and ball bearings. They were loaded into six-liter pressure cookers, placed inside black duffel bags, and set on the ground.

Luke Bencie, president of Security Management International, discussed the implications of Monday's bombing with Capital Insider.

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Takeaways from the quarterly campaign finance filing deadline

April 16, 2013 - 02:35 PM
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According to CQ Roll Call, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) raised a whopping $2.28 million during the first quarter. That figure is even more impressive if you consider Rubio is not up for re-election until 2016.

Dave Levinthal (senior political reporter at the Center for Public Integrity) discussed Rubio, Ron Paul, and other campaign finance topics with Capital Insider.

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