Archive for November 2013

Spending and the NDAA

November 27, 2013 - 04:17 PM
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Debate on the National Defense Authorization Act is on hold until after Thanksgiving. It's a bill that could transform the defense sector.

Ryan Alexander, president of the non-partisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed what the bill means for taxpayers on Capital Insider.

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Iran's nuclear deal

November 27, 2013 - 04:14 PM
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Depending on who you ask, the deal with Iran is either an historic agreement or an historic mistake. The temporary pact puts a stop to the country's uranium enrichment, but many experts say that it's not enough.

Col. Douglas Macgregor (ret.) discussed that and other topics on Capital Insider.

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Apple's Newest Buy

November 27, 2013 - 04:07 PM
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PrimeSense, an Israeli based firm known for it's work with the first generation of the Xbox Kinect, is now part of the Cupertino Conglomerate. Many are wondering what the tech titan will do with it's newest purchase.

Hayley Tsukayama, technology reporter for The Washington Post, discussed that and other topics on Capital Insider.

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Good News on Capitol Hill

November 27, 2013 - 04:05 PM
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Despite the partisan divide in Congress, there could be light at the end of the tunnel. Chances for a small-scale budget deal are improving and it could avert another financial battle.

Francis Rose, host of "In-Depth with Francis Rose", discussed that and other topics on Capitol Insider.

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That was the week that was

November 27, 2013 - 04:03 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 Senate's nuclear option, the move to keep troops in Afghanistan past 2014, and Rep. Trey Radel's guilty plea.

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The FEC and defunct politicians

November 27, 2013 - 03:51 PM
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By law, political campaigns must disclose their activities to the Federal Election Commission.

What happens if the campaign, and the politician, are no longer functional?

Dave Levinthal, senior reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, discussed the FEC and defunct politicians on Capital Insider.

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All Eyes on Iran

November 27, 2013 - 03:34 PM
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Round two of nuclear negotiations resumed between the country and other world powers. They come a week after a proposed deal fell through at the last minute.

John Donnelly, editor of Executive Briefing Defense, discussed the complexity of the negotiations on Capital Insider.

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The FEC and defunct politicians

November 22, 2013 - 04:55 PM
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By law, political campaigns must disclose their activities to the Federal Election Commission. But what happens if the campaign -- or the politician -- is no longer functional?

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

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All eyes on Iran

November 22, 2013 - 04:50 PM
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On Wednesday, round two of nuclear negotiations resumed between Iran and other world powers. Last week, a proposed deal fell through at the last minute.

John Donnelly, senior writer for CQ Roll Call, discussed those negotiations and other top defense topics with Capital Insider.

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Avoiding Implementation Failures

November 21, 2013 - 03:28 PM
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The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been a disaster. The website doesn't work and millions of Americans have received cancelled insurance policis.

Can federal managers learn lessons from this political mess?

Tom Fox, federal coach and columnist for The Washington Post, discusses how to avoid implementation failures with Capital Insider.

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Another perspective on the NDAA

November 20, 2013 - 05:32 PM
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The Senate continues to debate the NDAA and its numerous amendments.

What does this bill mean for taxpayers?

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

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The NDAA and Congress

November 20, 2013 - 05:28 PM
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The Senate is debating the National Defense Authorization Act. It's a measure that could have far reaching implications in the national security sector, including the closure of Guantanamo Bay.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (ret.), discussed the sweeping bill with Capital Insider.

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Bid protests and the GAO

November 19, 2013 - 08:43 PM
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The Government Accountability Office is recommending the Navy reconsider a contract awarded to Raytheon. Now, a next generation radar-jamming system bid is under the microscope.

Nick Wakeman, editor-in-chief of Washington Technology, discussed BAE System's protest against the Navy with Capital Insider.

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TSA under more scrutiny

November 19, 2013 - 08:41 PM
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In light of the LAX shooting that left a security agent dead, the agency has been in the spotlight. Now, a new report is casting doubt on the TSA's main tool for spotting potential terrorists.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

November 18, 2013 - 02:27 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Mark Levine review the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate Obamacare's latest change, Toronto's mayoral scandal, and Russia's new role in the Middle East.

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Changes in the Middle East

November 15, 2013 - 07:19 PM
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Russia wants to build influence in the Middle East. They're starting with Egypt. The 'charm offensive' could rekindle a friendship that dates back to the Cold War.

Col. Cedric Leighton (ret.), president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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The Defense Department and sequestration

November 15, 2013 - 06:19 PM
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Sequestration cut billions from the DOD budget, furloughed most of the department's civilian employees, and delayed crucial training.

Sharon Pickup, director of defense capabilities and management issues with the GAO, discussed sequestration's impact on the DOD mission with Capital Insider.

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Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve

November 15, 2013 - 06:16 PM
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Chairman Ben Bernanke is on his way out and Janet Yellen could be on her way in at the Federal Reserve. On Thursday, Yellen will had a confirmation hearing with the Senate Banking Committee.

Ylan Mui, financial reporter at The Washington Post, discussed what to expect with Capital Insider.

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The Farm Bill

November 13, 2013 - 07:15 PM
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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are still trying to hash out a deal on the Farm Bill. It's another budget battle mired in Congress.

Steve Ellis, vice president of the non-partisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the latest on Farm Bill reform efforts with Capital Insider.

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Nuclear talks with Iran

November 13, 2013 - 07:14 PM
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Talks between Iran and other world leaders have come to a halt. The U.S. blames Iran, but Iran took to twitter to dispute those claims.

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

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