Archive for category Stories to Share November 2014

Taking inventory at the Defense Department

November 26, 2014 - 04:35 PM
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Beginning in 2008, Congress has mandated the Defense Department to keep inventory of the contracting services they employ. Now, lawmakers have asked the GAO to review the process.

Tim DiNapoli, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues with the GAO, discussed contracting services with Capital Insider.

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Shakeup at the Pentagon

November 26, 2014 - 04:33 PM
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The resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stunned many within the defense community. Now, many wonder if there could be more shakeups within Obama's administration.

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

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Hagel resigns

November 26, 2014 - 04:30 PM
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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel surprised the nation when he announced his resignation. Now, questions surrounding his departure point to a strenuous relationship with the White House. Was Hagel forced out?

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow with The London Center for Policy Research, discussed Hagel's resignation with Capital Insider.

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Ferguson grand jury

November 26, 2014 - 04:26 PM
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The shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown has ignited racial tensions across the nation. Now, a grand jury is deciding whether or not the officer involved in the killing should be charged in Brown's death.

Richard Kelsey, assistant dean at George Mason University's School of Law, discussed the legal implications of the case with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

November 25, 2014 - 02:27 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist LaToya Foster break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they discuss the new executive order on immigration, the Keystone pipeline, NSA reform and Virginia Senator Jim Webb’s potential 2016 presidential campaign.

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Next steps for the new Republican Congress

November 25, 2014 - 02:25 PM
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The Republican led Congress will begin its new session in January. What changes will be in store for federal agencies? Budget cuts and foreign policy measures are other topics that will be up for debate in Congress.

Tom Fox, with the Partnership for Public Service, discussed the potential policy changes with Capital Insider.

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Terror attacks in Jerusalem

November 25, 2014 - 02:22 PM
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A terror attack in Jerusalem has killed five people, including three American-Israeli rabbis. The Prime Minister is calling for the attacker's homes to be destroyed in a region that is already on the brink of war.

J.D. Gordon, executive director of Protect America Today, discussed how this terror attack affects the Israeli and Palestine conflict and other topics with Capital Insider.

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The online gambling debate

November 19, 2014 - 04:36 PM
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Online gambling is a billion dollar industry but some lawmakers may want to put an end to it. The bill has caused a small division within the Republican party and it is widely speculated that the legislation is a favor to a wealthy casino owner.

David Williams, president of Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed the billion dollar business with Capital Insider.

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Analyzing ISIS

November 19, 2014 - 04:33 PM
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Despite air strikes against the terrorist group, ISIS has released another video that is more revealing than previous ones. Now, some wonder if the group is getting desperate or more brazen.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research, discussed the militant group and the Iranian nuclear talks with Capital Insider.

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Cybersecurity takes a back seat

November 18, 2014 - 02:32 PM
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Analysts believe the latest hack into U.S. weather systems came from China. It's an issue plaguing both countries, but during a recent meeting no agreement was made on the topic.

Sean Lyngaas, reporter with FCW, discussed the cybersecurity complications with Capital Insider.

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The new congress and federal workers

November 18, 2014 - 02:30 PM
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The GOP takeover on Capitol Hill will be official in just a few weeks. Now, there's one lawmaker already ruffling feathers of agency employees.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist with The Washington Post, discussed Sen. Ron Johnson's plans and political contributions with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

November 17, 2014 - 02:08 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Mark Levine break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they discuss the climate change agreement, immigration, and a White House advisor's comment on American voters.

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Keystone Pipeline debate

November 14, 2014 - 06:42 PM
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A decision will be made soon on the future of the keystone pipeline, but even if Congress passes the bill will Obama sign it? Also, this week the President reached a climate change agreement with China.

Steven Mufson, energy reporter for the Washington Post, discussed global energy issues with Capital Insider.

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Rethinking Syria

November 14, 2014 - 06:39 PM
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The Obama administration is reviewing their strategy in Syria, as ISIS continues to gain momentum. Meanwhile in Russia, Putin has stepped up his military patrol outside the borders of Europe.

Col. Cedric Leighton, president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed the review of the Syrian strategy with Capital Insider.

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Federal procurement

November 13, 2014 - 02:19 PM
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The procurement process supplies everything agencies need from custodial services to rockets. Now, the GAO is reviewing contracts to make sure money is spent efficiently.

Tim DiNapoli, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues with the GAO, discussed the process with Capital Insider.

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Protesting Fed policy

November 13, 2014 - 02:16 PM
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This month the Federal Reserve ended its economic stimulus program. Now, some on main street want to protest the decision.

Ylan Mui, financial reporter for The Washington Post, discussed the demonstration plus what's ahead for the Fed with Capital Insider.

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The lame duck Congress

November 12, 2014 - 03:44 PM
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With the midterms now over, Congress is back in session. Will the new government be able to come to an agreement on a 2015 budget?

Steve Ellis, vice president Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the issues Congress must decide on with Capital Insider.

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The pivot to Asia

November 12, 2014 - 03:42 PM
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The White has focused their attention on strengthening ties with Asia, which could have a long term positive impact on the U.S. economy. Also, an agreement must be reached soon with Iran nuclear weapons talks, but there has yet to be any sign of a compromise.

Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of The Burke-Macgregor Group, discussed America's role in international agreements with Capital Insider.

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Obama heads to Asia

November 12, 2014 - 03:37 PM
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President Obama is in Asia to promote a potential trade agreement. It's an alliance the new GOP leadership could support.

Francis Rose, host of In-Depth with Francis Rose, discussed Obama's trip and the overhaul at the VA with Capital Insider.

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Google's Inbox

November 12, 2014 - 03:35 PM
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Google has released a new app called Inbox. The tech giant is trying to revamp the way the public view email.

Hayley Tsukayama, technology reporter for The Washington Post, discussed Google and the latest Microsoft expansion with Capital Insider.

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