Archive for December 2013

An update on the ACA

December 31, 2013 - 04:46 PM
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This month, the President' signature plan saw a surge in the number of enrollments. The government says more than two million people have enrolled in Obamacare.

Emily Ethridge, staff writer for CQ Roll Call, discussed the latest with the Affordable Care Act on Capital Insider.

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The FAA and drone testing

December 31, 2013 - 04:43 PM
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The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states to develop UAV testing sites. The agency is taking the next crucial step in making unmanned aircrafts part of U.S. Skies.

Ben Gielow, attorney with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, discussed the new drone testing sites on Capital Insider.

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The Robert Levinson Saga

December 27, 2013 - 04:41 PM
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Last month Robert Levinson became the longest held American hostage in U.S. history. His wife believes Iran's new president holds the power to release him.

J.J. Green, national security correspondent with WTOP, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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The "do-nothing" Congress

December 27, 2013 - 04:38 PM
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Public opinion of lawmakers on Capitol Hill is at an all-time low. Now, a new poll suggests 2014's midterm elections could shift the power in Congress.

Francis Rose, host of "in-depth with Francis Rose, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Voice calls and airplanes

December 24, 2013 - 01:29 PM
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The federal government is moving closer to allowing the use of mobile devices during flights. The move could change everyone's traveling experience, but there could be a catch.

Cecilia Kang, technology reporter for The Washington Post, discussed the new rules regarding voice calls on airplanes with Capital Insider.

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Getting ready for 2014

December 24, 2013 - 01:27 PM
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The nation will be facing major national security issues in the new year.

What can we expect?

John Donnelly, editor of Executive Briefing Defense, discussed how the defense sector is gearing up for 2014 with Capital Insider.

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2013 in review and a look ahead

December 20, 2013 - 07:24 PM
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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are closing out the year, when they return they'll have a long to-do list.

Jack Burkman, Cherylyn Harley Lebon, Mark Levine, and Erikka Knuti reviewed the past year and discussed the challenges ahead on Capital Insider.

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Starving the FEC

December 20, 2013 - 07:21 PM
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During October's government shutdown Chinese hackers infiltrated the Federal Election Commission. This is yet one more issue for the flailing agency.

David Levinthal, senior reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, discussed how Washington is starving the federal watchdog with Capital Insider.

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DARPA's big competition

December 19, 2013 - 08:19 PM
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This week, 17 teams from around the world will compete in the agency's robotics challenge. The trials are intended to provide a baseline for how far the technology has come.

Kevin McCaney, editor-in-chief of Defense Systems, discussed what to expect from the event on Capital Insider.

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The budge deal and federal employees

December 19, 2013 - 08:16 PM
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The Senate will hold a key procedural vote on a measure that would fund the government for two more years. It's a bill neither party is completely happy with, and it has huge implications for government workers.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, discussed employee contributions under the new deal with Capital Insider.

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The state of the housing market

December 19, 2013 - 07:02 PM
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U.S. Homebuilder confidence numbers are out and they're up. The sentiment index has climbed to 58, matching an eight year high reached in August.

Dr. Lisa Sturtevant, director of the Center for Housing Policy, discussed the state of housing market with Capital Insider.

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The NSA Review

December 19, 2013 - 06:59 PM
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The White House has recommended sweeping limits on the government's surveillance programs. A review of NSA practices culminated in a list of suggestions on how to make the agency more accountable.

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

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Congress in 2014

December 19, 2013 - 06:56 PM
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This week lawmakers on Capitol Hill will close out the year. They're expected to finish debating the budget deal before adjourning until January.

David Williams, president of the non-partisan Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed the long to-do list facing Congress in 2014 with Capital Insider.

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The NSA decision

December 19, 2013 - 06:54 PM
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On Monday, a federal judge decided the agency's bulk collection of phone data was unconstitutional. NSA is standing by it's decision to collect meta-data, claiming it's necessary for national security.

John Mahoney, national security lawyer with Tully Rinckey PLLC, discussed the implications of the ruling on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

December 16, 2013 - 03:50 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 budget deal, the future of the GOP, and President Obama's "selfie-gate".

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U.S. perception abroad

December 16, 2013 - 03:34 PM
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President Obama's approval rating with Americans has slipped drastically. Now, a new poll shows it's not just a national trend.

J.D. Gordon, executive director of Protect America Today, discussed the nation's perception overseas on Capital Insider.

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New budget deal reached

December 16, 2013 - 03:32 PM
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In a rare split, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell are at odds. Boehners supports says it's a step in the right directions, McConnell says he can't support the measure.

Alexandra Jaffe, staff writer for The Hill, discussed the politics of the new budget deal with Capital Insider.

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Safety oversight at the FRA

December 16, 2013 - 03:15 PM
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On December 1st, a New York commuter train derailed and killed four people, after heading into a curve at 82 mph. Federal safety officials say a new technology could have forced the engineer to slow down or stop altogether.

Susan Fleming, director of Physical Infrastructure Issues for the GAO, discussed safety oversight at the Federal Railroad Administration with Capital Insider.

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The Volcker Rule

December 16, 2013 - 02:39 PM
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Government regulators approved new financial regulations designed to prevent risky bets on Wall Street. Some think the rule goes too far, others, not enough.

Danielle Douglas, financial reporter for The Washington Post, discussed the Volcker Rule on Capital Insider.

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The U.S. and foreign affairs

December 11, 2013 - 02:20 PM
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A new Pew Research Center study reveals a majority of Americans think their nation is less powerful than it was a decade ago. Even more think the U.S. should stay out of foreign affairs.

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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