Archive for October 2013

More trouble for CGI

October 31, 2013 - 07:33 PM
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CGI, the Fairfax-based contractor blamed for the botched roll out of healthcare.gov, is in legal trouble. It's partner, Computer Frontiers Inc. says the company is in breach of contract.

Jill Aitoro, senior staff writer for the Washington Business Journal, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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The Department of Homeland Security

October 31, 2013 - 07:28 PM
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A recent report by the Government Accountability Office looked at the efficiency of DHS and its ability to fight terrorism. The goal of GAO is to improve performance and monitor the responsibilities of federal agencies.

What did the report find?

David Maurer, director of homeland security and justice issues for the GAO, discussed the agency's successes and failures with Capital Insider.

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Superstorm Sandy: One year later

October 31, 2013 - 07:24 PM
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Hurricane Sandy caused $65 billion in damage and left thousands of people without homes. Months later, Congress passed an emergency relief bill appropriating $60 billion in Sandy relief.

Now, one year later, a majority of the money hasn't been spent.

Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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NSA Snooping

October 31, 2013 - 07:20 PM
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The White House has been in hot water over more leaked NSA reports indicating the U.S. spied on foreign allies. A Wall Street Journal report says President Obama didn't know about the size and scope of the surveillance programs.

Col. Douglas Macgregor (U.S. Army, ret.), executive vice president of the Burke-Macgregor Group, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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The call for patent law reform

October 29, 2013 - 02:15 PM
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There's growing momentum for an overhaul of the U.S. patent system. It's an issue that's costing the economy an estimated $29 billion per year.

Tim Lee, tech policy reporter for The Washington Post, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Grading Iran's nuclear program

October 29, 2013 - 02:05 PM
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The latest round of talks regarding Iran's nuclear program are underway, and Iranian officials remain optimistic. On Monday, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi sat down with the head of the United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency. They discussed IAEA's impending investigation into Iran's nuclear program.

Corey Hinderstein, vice president of the international program at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

October 29, 2013 - 01:50 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 Obamacare rollout, immigration reform, and the White House twitter scandal.

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Obamacare and the blame game

October 29, 2013 - 01:45 PM
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The rocky rollout of healthcare.gov has drawn heavy criticism. Now, Republicans in Congress are demanding answers.

Jonathan Strong, political reporter for the National Review, discussed the Obamacare blame game with Capital Insider.

 

 

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Understanding the debt ceiling debate

October 29, 2013 - 01:40 PM
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An 11th-hour deal averted the debt ceiling, but in a few months the debate starts over.

What would a default mean for the United States?

Veronique De Rugy, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, discussed debt ceiling myths with Capital Insider.

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The State of the GOP

October 29, 2013 - 01:35 PM
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The 16-day government shutdown left Republicans bruised and bloody. Polls indicate their approval rating is at an all-time low -- only 32 percent.

What's going on with the Grand Old Party?

Rebecca Shabad, staff writer for The Hill, discussed the current state of the GOP with Capital Insider.

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Earmarks and the continuing resolution

October 23, 2013 - 08:28 PM
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The continuing resolution that opened the government contained extraneous spending. Some analysts argue that pork-barrel projects are part of the political process.

David Williams, president of the non-partisan Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed earmarks and the continuing resolution on Capital Insider.

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U.S. reputation abroad and the National Security Agency

October 23, 2013 - 08:24 PM
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The U.S. is in hot water over another leaked NSA report. More than seven million French phone records were intercepted, including text messages. France now joins a growing list of countries demanding answers.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, discussed the future of the NSA on Capital Insider.

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Changes at the National Security Agency

October 23, 2013 - 08:11 PM
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NSA Director Keith Alexander plans to step down in 2014 after eight years as chief, his second in command will also retired by the end of the year.

Do these departures signal a new direction for the beleaguered agency?

William Jackson, senior writer for GCN, discussed the perception problem of the NSA on Capital Insider.

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Uncertainty for federal workers

October 23, 2013 - 08:07 PM
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The shutdown is over and employees are back on the job. The director of the Office of Management and Budget warned there could be more furloughs in the future.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, discussed the current state of the federal government with Capital Insider

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Cashing in on political chaos

October 23, 2013 - 08:04 PM
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The government shutdown is over and lawmakers milked it until the very end. From t-shirts to email campaigns, political groups turned the budget battle into a gold mine.

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

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That was the week that was

October 21, 2013 - 02:31 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Erikka Knuti review the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate the shutdown fallout, Obamacare glitches, and Hilary Clinton's reported jab at Vice President Joe Biden.

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Post-shutdown economics

October 18, 2013 - 07:25 PM
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The 16-day shutdown is over, and the debt ceiling crisis has been averted (for now).

What does this back-to-business mentality mean for the economy?

Zachary Goldfarb, White House reporter for The Washington Post, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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The CR and national security

October 18, 2013 - 07:20 PM
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On Wednesday, Congress passed a bi-partisan deal to fund the government through January of 2014.

How does the new continuing resolution affect the Department of Defense? John Donnelly, senior writer and defense reporter for CQ Roll Call, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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The government shutdown and the housing market

October 18, 2013 - 07:15 PM
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The shutdown had a negative impact on the economy, and caused U.S. homebuilder confidence to dip in October. Fitch, a global credit-rating firm, placed the U.S. on a negative watchlist, which could also impact potential home buyers.

Ingrid Beckles, CEO of The Beckles Collected in Washington D.C., discussed that and other topics on Capital Insider.

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Federal managers and the shutdown

October 18, 2013 - 07:10 PM
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The shutdown left a lot of federal employees jaded. Many of them are wondering if they should leave public service.

Tom Fox, federal coach and columnist for The Washington Post, discussed the challenges federal managers face as furloughed employees return to work with Capital Insider.

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