Archive for March 2014

That was the week that was

March 31, 2014 - 01:41 PM
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Republican Strategist Cherylyn Harley LeBon and Democratic Strategist Bob Weiner break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate the Obamacare's extension, the birth control mandate, and Obama's visit to Europe.

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Investigating the Koch brothers

March 28, 2014 - 02:19 PM
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They're known for giving millions to top conservative lawmakers. Now a new report looks at where the Koch brothers are spending their money.

Dave Levinthal, senior reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, discussed how educational institutions are profiting from the billionaire brothers with Capital Insider.

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Secret Service agents sent home

March 28, 2014 - 02:16 PM
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Three Secret Service agents are in hot water after one was discovered passed out by their hotel room. This is the latest scandal in recent years that calls into question how responsible agents are.

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

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More problems for the F-35

March 27, 2014 - 02:30 PM
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The F-35 strike fighter jet is more than $160 billion dollars over budget, and seven years behind schedule. Pentagon officials maintain the plane's technology is light years ahead of the competition, making it worth price the price tag.

Jill Aitoro, senior staff reporter for The Washington Business Journal, discussed that and other issues with Capital Insider.

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An update on Obamacare

March 27, 2014 - 02:28 PM
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Another change to a major deadline under the Affordable Care Act. Now, Americans can apply for an extension, giving them until mid-April to enroll.

Benjamin Goad, reporter for The Hill, discussed the latest on the ACA with Capital Insider.

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The resurgence of MEADS

March 26, 2014 - 02:07 PM
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Tensions between Ukraine and Russia are rising, causing neighboring nations to re-think their defense plan. Some lawmakers are eyeing the Medium Extended Air Defense System, but it may not be the answer.

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

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Rising tensions with Russia

March 26, 2014 - 02:05 PM
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The U.S. and European Union are continuing to warn Russian President Vladimir Putin about his aggression in Ukraine. Now, they've kicked the country out of the G8 summit, renaming it the G7.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow with The London Center for Policy Research, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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GSA debuts 18F

March 25, 2014 - 02:06 PM
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The government is rebooting its approach to online services. Now, a new program will help develop tools that can bused across different agencies.

Troy Schneider, editor-in-chief of FCW, discussed that and other issues with Capital Insider.

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Restricting Security Clearances

March 25, 2014 - 02:04 PM
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Earlier this month, the Defense Department announced changes to the security clearance process. Now, the Pentagon will use stricter standards when issuing clearances, cutting down on the number of people that will hold them.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, discussed security clearance changes with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

March 24, 2014 - 01:33 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Nicole Williams break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate the White House's push for Obamacare, the upcoming midterm elections, and the crisis in Crimea.

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The housing market

March 21, 2014 - 06:29 PM
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U.S. homebuilder confidence edged higher this month, reflecting the improved demand for new homes. Meanwhile, news from the Federal Reserve suggested interests could rise within a year.

Marcia Griffin, president and founder of HomeFree-USA, discussed the state of the housing market with Capital Insider.

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Tension escalates in Crimea

March 21, 2014 - 06:26 PM
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President Obama announced more sanctions for Russia and continued to warn the country against further aggression. Putin is remaining defiant and moving forward with major changes in Crimea.

Col. Cedric Leighton (ret.), president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed the escalating tensions in the region with Capital Insider.

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Recruiting federal workers

March 20, 2014 - 02:18 PM
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Drawing young people into government work is a challenge faced by many managers. Colleges and universities are full of eager talent, but only a small percent turn to government work.

Tom Fox, federal coach with the Partnership for Public Service, discussed recruiting with Capital Insider.

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Regional ballistic missile systems

March 20, 2014 - 02:14 PM
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Changing national security threats, mean an ever evolving defense plan. Now, a new report looks at how the Pentagon is handling those changes.

Cristina Chaplain, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues for the GAO, discussed the Defense department's progress with Capital Insider.

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Fixing America's roads

March 19, 2014 - 02:05 PM
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Many of the nation's streets are crumbling and riddled with potholes. Meanwhile, state departments of transportation are spending more on creating new roads than fixing old ones.

Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed state DOT's spending priorities with Capital Insider.

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Next steps in Crimea

March 19, 2014 - 02:01 PM
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Today, Vladimir Putin officially made Crimea part of Russia. President Obama and many European leaders have denounced the vote.

Col. Douglas Macgregor (ret.), executive vice president of The Burke-Macgregor Group, discussed what's next for Crimea with Capital Insider.

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The cost of Amazon Prime

March 18, 2014 - 03:36 PM
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Last week, Amazon announced it would raise the price of Prime membership. It's the first hike since the program's launch in 2005.

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

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Federal worker morale

March 18, 2014 - 03:33 PM
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Last year, federal employee satisfaction hit a new low. Many pointed to a declining agency budget as the culprit, but it could be something more sinister.

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

Download his new online magazine, "D.C. Newsmakers", here.

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Crimea votes to leave Ukraine

March 18, 2014 - 03:29 PM
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The U.S. and other powers have called Sunday's vote in Crimea illegal. Ukraine says it will not recognize the outcome, and fear more parts of Ukraine could be next.

John Donnelly, editor of Executive Briefing Defense, discussed the situation in Crimea with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

March 17, 2014 - 01:43 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Congressional candidate Mark Levine (D-VA) break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate Sen. Dianne Feinstein's allegations that the CIA spied on Congress, the crisis in Ukraine, and Obama's "Funny or Die" moment.

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