Archive for December 2014

A historic policy shift

December 18, 2014 - 04:34 PM
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President Obama has announced a normalization of policy toward Cuba, ending a more than 50 year isolation of the country. Now, plans to reopen the embassy in Havana and easing travel restrictions is drawing criticism from the Republican party and some Cuban Americans.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research, and Alejandro Negron, host of Hispanic Agenda, discussed the historic announcement with Capital Insider.

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How changes at the U.S. Postal Service affect you

December 17, 2014 - 04:50 PM
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With the holidays nearing, consumers want assurance that their packages are delivered and received on time. The U.S. Postal Service partnered with Amazon, in an effort to boost revenues and recover billions in losses for the waning agency. However, the Postal Service's agreement to provide grocery and Sunday delivery may be affecting how you get your regular mail.

David Williams, president of The Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed his organization's new holiday message to the Postal Service and how these changes affect the public with Capital Insider.

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Taliban attacks Pakistani school

December 17, 2014 - 04:48 PM
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A Pakistani army high school was attacked Tuesday by Taliban gunmen, killing nearly 150 people, mostly children. Officials said that the Islamic militants wanted revenge against the Pakistani government for the treatment of their tribesmen.

Kevin Baron, executive editor of Defense One, discussed the implications of this attack and the Australian hostage siege on terrorism in the U.S. and abroad with Capital Insider.

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More fallout from the CIA’s torture tactics

December 17, 2014 - 04:46 PM
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The release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's scathing report has prompted questions about who carried out and approved the torturous acts and what top officials should be held accountable.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, discussed how torture may affect the CIA reputation, its employees, and the American people with Capital Insider.

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CIA report fallout

December 12, 2014 - 02:49 PM
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The director of the CIA, John Brennan, spoke out defending the agency and their practices post 9/11. However, some lawmakers are calling for the CIA to clean house in order to help mitigate the controversy.

Col. Cedric Leighton, president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed the accountability of the CIA with Capital Insider.

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Analyzing the 'Cromnibus'

December 12, 2014 - 02:47 PM
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Key lawmakers have agreed on a $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill that would fund most of the government through September 2015. Now, many say the measure is full of earmarks that have nothing to do with federal funding.

Ryan Alexander, president of the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the 2015 spending bill with Capital Insider.

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Best places to work in federal government

December 10, 2014 - 01:52 PM
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The 2014 rankings of the best federal agencies to work for have been released, giving agencies a look at where they fall when it comes to employee satisfaction and commitment.The report also gives insights into the overall state of the federal government

Sean Morris, federal human capital leader with Deloitte, discussed federal agency rankings with Capital Insider.

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CIA torture tactics

December 10, 2014 - 01:50 PM
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The CIA is under fire after the release of a report that revealed the torture tactics used by the agency. At the peak of their practices, not only was information withheld from then President Bush, but evidence also has shown that these tactics ended up being largely ineffective.

Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of The Burke-Macgregor Group, discussed implications of the report with Capital Insider.

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The battle over the internet

December 10, 2014 - 01:47 PM
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Plenty of people are weighing in on the biggest tech issue of the year, net neutrality. The FCC says it will make a decision in 2015, but one group is asking for the FTC to get involved.

Brian Fung, technology reporter with the Washington Post, discussed the net neutrality debate with Capital Insider.

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Funding the federal government

December 10, 2014 - 01:45 PM
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The government is scheduled to run out of money on December 11th. With less than a week left, Congress is scrambling to come up with a resolution to funding in order to avoid a government shut down.

Francis Rose, host of "In Depth with Francis Rose" on Federal News Radio, discussed federal funding with Capital Insider.

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Possible capture of ISIS leader's wife

December 8, 2014 - 01:36 PM
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Questions surround the capture of a woman believed to be the wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. While her relationships is unclear with the leader, analysts say she is a high value target with ties to the terrorist group.

J.J. Green, national security correspondent for WTOP Radio, discussed the capture with Capital Insider.

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Funding the federal government

December 3, 2014 - 06:12 PM
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In less than 10 days the government will run out of money, unless Congress is able to pass a spending bill. Lawmakers have signaled they want to pass an omnibus spending plan, but some caution it could be full of earmarks.

David Williams, president of Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed the decisions facing the lame duck Congress with Capital Insider.

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Replacing Chuck Hagel

December 3, 2014 - 06:05 PM
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New reports suggest Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is the White House's top pick to replace Chuck Hagel, but many analysts say the administration has had a hard time filling the position.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research, discussed the challenges with Capital Insider.

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ISIS targets U.S. military

December 3, 2014 - 05:57 PM
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The FBI has issued a warning to all U.S. military serving within the states that ISIS could be targeting them. Soldiers are now being told to be cautious of what they post to their social media accounts.

Col. Cedric Leighton, president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed the threat and the cyber attack that crippled Sony Pictures with Capital Insider.

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President Obama threatens to veto corporate tax cuts

December 1, 2014 - 06:04 PM
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Congress is expected to renew dozens of expired tax breaks, known as “extenders,” but White House officials are saying that the President will veto any tax breaks that don’t include middle and low-income families. The cost of making these tax cuts permanent could reach more than $450 billion.

Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the implications of these tax cuts on working families and the budget deficit with Capital Insider.

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The Pentagon’s intelligence budget

December 1, 2014 - 05:56 PM
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Despite the Pentagon’s $50 billion intelligence budget, officials said they are still searching for new satellite technology that will provide them with “persistent surveillance” of the earth from space. A start-up company, Planet Lab Inc., has created and tested satellites that can take pictures of the entire earth on a daily basis.

Dan Verton, editorial director at FedScoop, discussed how these new satellites may help the Pentagon and who could be selected as the next Defense Secretary with Capital Insider.

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