Archive for July 2013

President Obama's plan for the economy

July 31, 2013 - 02:45 PM
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President Obama stopped at a distribution center for Amazon.com in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Tuesday. Obama told the crowd he wants to break Washington's fiscal stalemate and proposed cutting corporate tax rates in exchange for more spending on jobs programs. Congressional Republicans panned the suggestion immediately.

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

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Judgement day for Pfc. Bradley Manning

July 31, 2013 - 02:40 PM
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Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was convicted on Tuesday of six counts of espionage, five theft charges, computer fraud, and other military infractions. But the court acquitted Manning of the most serious charge -- "aiding the enemy" -- for giving classified information to WikiLeaks.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, discussed that and other top defense issues with Capital Insider.

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Dark money and the gun rights lobby

July 30, 2013 - 05:55 PM
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A new report tracks the Capitol Hill "heavies," and a new gun rights group tries to join their ranks.

Dave Levinthal, senior political reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, follows the money for Capital Insider.

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Text messages to 9-1-1

July 30, 2013 - 05:50 PM
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A handful of local law enforcement agencies want to try text messages to 9-1-1. But the practice has limitations.

Bill Jackson, senior writer at GCN and author of the blog "Cyber Eye," discussed that and other top tech topics with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

July 29, 2013 - 02:35 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler review the week in politics. In this installment, they debate the latest battle for middle class voters, controversial comments by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), and New York's sexting sideshow.

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Preventing outbreaks of insect-borne illnesses

July 26, 2013 - 02:40 PM
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The Service to America Medals, or Sammies, honor federal workers who show a committment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Ken Linthicum, finalist for the National Security and International Affairs Medal, discussed his work at the USDA's Agricultural Research Service.

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The push for peace in the Middle East

July 26, 2013 - 02:30 PM
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For the first time in five years, Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to preliminary peace talks after a shuttle mission by Secretary of State John Kerry. They are scheduled to being in Washington on Tuesday.

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

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An ambitious new effort on the National Mall

July 25, 2013 - 02:20 PM
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The National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation want to build what it calls "a museum in reverse." They announced the effort last month at the Clinton Global Initiative.

Phillip Auerswald, founder of NCEI and author of "The Coming Prosperity," discussed his work with Capital Insider.

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The stimulus package and green energy jobs

July 25, 2013 - 02:10 PM
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The American Recovery and Re-investment Act of 2009 invested half-a-billion dollars in training for green energy jobs. Four years later, do those jobs even exist?

Andrew Sherrill, director of education, workforce, and income security issues for the Government Accountability Office, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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The Fair Act of 2013

July 24, 2013 - 04:30 PM
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The Fair Act of 2013, a bill sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), would establish a partnership between states and the federal government for the development of on- and off-shore energy.

Ryan Alexander, president of the non-partisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Stunning surge in violence in Iraq

July 24, 2013 - 04:25 PM
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On Tuesday, Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for brazen raids on two high-security prisons. They happened just outside Baghdad, dozens were killed, and hundreds of inmates escaped.

Col. Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of the Burke-Macgregor Group, discussed that and other top defense issues with Capital Insider.

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How lobbyists impact doctors' pay

July 23, 2013 - 02:20 PM
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A little-known committee of doctors help to establish a dollar amount for nearly every medical procedure on the books. But are they over-billing American taxpayers?

Peter Whoriskey, financial reporter for The Washington Post, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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More bad news for civilian workers at the DOD

July 23, 2013 - 02:15 PM
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says furloughs for DOD's civilian workforce will probably continue into next year -- and the situation could get worse.

Francis Rose, host of "In Depth with Francis Rose," discussed that and other top government issues with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

July 22, 2013 - 02:35 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler review the week in politics. In this installment, they debate new education legislation in the House and Senate, Detroit's bankruptcy filing, and "This Town" by Mark Leibovich.

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A breakthrough vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease

July 19, 2013 - 02:20 PM
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The Service to America Medals, or Sammies, honor federal workers who show a committment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Michelle Colby, finalist for the Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal, discussed her work at the Department of Homeland Security with Capital Insider.

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Pentagon buys Russian aircraft

July 19, 2013 - 02:15 PM
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The Pentagon is buying more than $1 billion worth of aircraft for an Afghan special operations unit that lacks the people, the skills to fly, and the ability to maintain the aircraft itself.

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

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Emerging federal leaders

July 19, 2013 - 02:10 PM
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This week, the Senate voted to confirm several key presidential nominees. The list includes Tom Perez at Labor, Gina McCarthy at the EPA, Fred Hochberg at the Export-Import Bank, and Richard Cordray at the CFPB.

Tom Fox, with the Partnership for Public Service, discussed the impact on federal agencies and other topics with Capital Insider.

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When Bernanke speaks, mortgage rates listen

July 19, 2013 - 02:05 PM
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The Commerce Department released new numbers this week. They show that U.S. builders started work on fewer homes in June -- mostly because apartment construction fell sharply. Still, other indicators suggest the housing recovery will continue.

Ingrid Beckles, housing policy professional and CEO of the Beckles Collective, discussed the trends with Capital Insider.

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The tax reform road show

July 17, 2013 - 05:10 PM
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Last week, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) started a President Obama style tour across the country. It's an unusual and rare partnership, but together they're Capitol Hill's new power couple.

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed the tax reform road show with Capital Insider.

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The Global Defense Outlook

July 17, 2013 - 05:05 PM
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According to a new study, countries with a high per-capita income -- like the United States -- have started to slow their defense spending. Meanwhile, it's picking up in some lower-income countries -- like Russia.

Jack Midgley, a director in Deloitte's Department of Defense Practice, discussed the report with Capital Insider.

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