Archive for category Stories to Share October 2014

NSA moonlighting controversy

October 31, 2014 - 02:33 PM
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Has the National Security Agency gone too far in their attempts to bridge a gap between agency and private sectors? Now, several occurences of a conflict of interest has appeared to bring harsh criticism to the NSA.

Dan Verton, editorial director at FedScoop, discussed the controversy with Capital Insider.

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Too close to call

October 31, 2014 - 02:31 PM
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Control of the Senate may come down to ten key races. In many of those states polls indicate results are too close to call.

Kevin Cirilli, reporter for The Hill, discussed the battle for Senate with Capital Insider.

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Antares rocket explodes after launch

October 30, 2014 - 04:46 PM
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On Tuesday evening an Antares rocket exploded just seconds after launch on Wallops Island, Virginia. Now, investigators are sifting through the debris trying to piece together what went wrong.

Amrita Jayakumar, business reporter with The Washington Post, discussed the impact of the explosion with Capital Insider.

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An update to the midterms

October 30, 2014 - 04:43 PM
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Election day is less than a week away and analysts say the battle for the Senate could come down to ten races. Now, some races are so close that it could result in a runoff.

Jessica Taylor, campaign editor for The Hill, discussed the runoff scenario with Capital Hill.

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Revisiting disaster relief

October 29, 2014 - 02:42 PM
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Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy and a majority of the $60 billion in recovery funds have not been spent. While Congress was quick to respond to dispersing the money, the task of spending it has been noticeably slower.

Ryan Alexander, president of the non-partisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed how the hurricane relief fund was spent with Capital Insider.

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ISIS tactics

October 29, 2014 - 02:36 PM
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New ISIS tactics include a manual with instructions on how to shoot down an Apache helicopter, and photos showing fighters with new weaponry. Now, a new propaganda-like video of a hostage reporting from the battle grounds of Kobani has been released

Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of The Burke-Macgregor Group, discussed ISIS fighting tactics with Capital Insider.

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The FCC and data security

October 28, 2014 - 02:46 PM
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The Federal Communications Commission recently levied a $10 million fine against two telecommunications companies for storing customer information without protecting it. This is the first time the agency has taken on legal action over personal data.

Brian Fung, technology reporter with the Washington Post, discussed the FCC and problems with Apple Pay on Capital Insider.

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The Ebola response

October 28, 2014 - 02:45 PM
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The U.S. has authorized 4,000 troops to travel to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak. Now, the Pentagon has placed some of them under quarantine.

J.D. Gordon, executive director of Protect America Today, discussed the nation's response to the disease and the on-going fight with ISIS on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

October 27, 2014 - 04:04 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they discuss the lone wolf threat, midterm elections, and Monica Lewinsky's first tweet.

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Campaign attack ads

October 24, 2014 - 05:07 PM
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In the weeks leading up to the election, opposing sides have taken to using negative campaign ads for ammunition in the battle for the Senate. Now, analysts expect even more money to spent in the coming weeks.

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

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Shooting in Ottawa

October 24, 2014 - 05:06 PM
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More details are now available on the lone wolf attack in Canada. The incidents have put the FBI, NORAD, and the Pentagon on guard to increase preventative measures.

J.J. Green, national security correspondent for WTOP radio, discussed the attacks and the Blackwater verdict with Capital Insider.

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Attracting top talent

October 23, 2014 - 02:20 PM
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Uncle Sam has struggled with recruiting young, innovative workers to its agencies. One program has been trying to change that for more than three decades.

Tom Fox, our Federal Coach with the Partnership for Public Service, discussed the Presidential Management Fellows Program with Capital Insider.

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Closing in on Election Day

October 23, 2014 - 02:16 PM
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The battle for the Senate is in full swing, and lawmakers are spending their last weeks rallying support. Many analysts say the decision of who takes control could go on until January.

Alexandra Jaffe, staff writer for The Hill, discussed races to watch and how Independents could hold the power with Capital Insider.

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Funding the NIH

October 22, 2014 - 04:03 PM
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The National Institutes of Health has become an example of bad government spending. Some are wondering how the $24 billion in funding is being used.

David Williams, president of Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed the NIH with Capital Insider.

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Arming Kurdish fighters

October 22, 2014 - 04:01 PM
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President Obama has taken on a new strategy in the fight against ISIS. After weeks of pressure on the administration to provide more help for Kobani, U.S. military officials conducted an air drop, delivering supplies to Kurdish forces.

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

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The divesting trend

October 21, 2014 - 05:12 PM
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There's a growing list of companies splitting into smaller divisions to increase profit. Now Hewlett-Packard has announced a split between it's personal computer and IT services.

Nick Wakeman, editor-in-chief for Washington Technology, discussed the divesting trend and convergence with Capital Insider.

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Ebola and the federal government

October 21, 2014 - 05:09 PM
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Last week, the Obama administration appointed Ron Klain as the Ebola Response Coordinator. The position was created to oversee the nation's response to the outbreak, and serve as the public figure leading the charge against the disease. That role is usually filled by the Surgeon General.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist with The Washington Post, discussed the lack of a Surgeon General and the impact it has on the current health crisis with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

October 20, 2014 - 02:11 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they discuss the Ebola threat, controversy in Kentucky, and Florida's fan-gate.

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The drawdown in Afghanistan

October 16, 2014 - 10:07 AM
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U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan will be drastically reduced by the end of the year. Along with their departure, tons of military equipment will be leaving as well.

Cary Russell, director of defense capabilities and management issues with the GAO, discussed the Defense Department's drawdown process with Capital Insider.

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Counting down to the midterms

October 16, 2014 - 10:04 AM
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Election day is three weeks away and the battle for the Senate is in full swing. Now, one candidate is making headlines for her refusal to answer a question.

Jessica Taylor, campaign editor with The Hill, discussed the controversy in Kentucky and other close races with Capital Insider.

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