Archive for category Stories to Share April 2014

Mergers and Acquisitions

April 22, 2014 - 02:34 PM
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Major deals can turn companies into conglomerates, but last year there was a 30% drop in M&A. Only 71 deals were made, but some have been ranked above the rest.

Nick Wakeman, editor-in-chief of Washington Technology, discussed M&A trends from 2013 with Capital Insider.

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Stabilizing the U.S. Postal Service

April 22, 2014 - 02:32 PM
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USPS is losing $5 billion per year. Now, a bill in the Senate could help the loss, but cause major changes for other federal workers.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist with The Washington Post, discussed how Congress plans to stabilize the USPS, with Capital Insider.

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The president's trip to Asia

April 22, 2014 - 02:32 PM
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On Tuesday, President Obama will embark on a week long trip to Asia. He will visit four nations in hopes of bolstering security and economic ties.

John Donnelly, senior writer for Congressional Quarterly and editor of their "On Defense" blog, discussed the goals Obama hopes to accomplish with Capital Insider.

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That was the week was

April 21, 2014 - 02:13 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist James Lewis break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they discuss Obamacare's 8 million enrollees, immigration reform, and the CBO report on minimum wage.

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The FBI's Facial Recognition System

April 21, 2014 - 02:12 PM
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The bureau plans to double the size of its database by 2015. They will include photos of people with no criminal record.

Dan Verton, cyber and national security reporter with FedScoop, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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The push for drone regulations

April 21, 2014 - 02:10 PM
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Unmanned aircraft systems are quickly becoming the "go to" technology for defense and commercial use. Now, the FAA could be in danger of losing control of this emerging UAV technology.

Ben Gielow, attorney with AUVSI, discussed the push for regulations with Capital Insider.

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Protecting IRS data

April 17, 2014 - 03:41 PM
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We've all filed our income taxes by now.

Just how secure is that sensitive information once it reaches the IRS?

Greg Wilshusen, director of information security issues with the GAO, discussed the cyber threat at the IRS with Capital Insider.

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The role of U.N. Peacekeepers

April 17, 2014 - 02:39 PM
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They've been sent to numerous areas of conflict all over the world. Now, some believe Peacekeepers should be allowed to use force to protect civilians.

Rachel Kleinfeld, co-founder of The Truman National Security Project, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Paying Uncle Sam

April 16, 2014 - 01:21 PM
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Millions of Americans have filed their federal and state income taxes.

Where is all of that money going?

Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed who is, and isn't, paying Uncle Sam with Capital Insider.

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The unraveling situation in Ukraine

April 16, 2014 - 01:20 PM
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The country's government has enacted its "anti-terrorism" control, surrounding cities that pro-Russian forces have taken over. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to amass troops by the border.

Col. Douglas Macgregor (ret.), executive vice president of The Burke-Macgregor Group, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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The rise in data theft

April 16, 2014 - 01:18 PM
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A new study finds an increase in the amount of personal data stolen online. The increase is alarming and targets older Americans.

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

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Replacing Kathleen Sebelius

April 16, 2014 - 01:17 PM
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The Health and Human Services Secretary is resigning from her controversial position. Now, Sylvia Mathews Burwell has been tapped to replace her.

Francis Rose, host of "In-Depth with Francis Rose", discussed what Burwell's nomination means for two important agencies with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

April 14, 2014 - 01:29 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist David Mercer break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they discuss Kathleen Sebelius' resignation, the equal pay debate, and the kissing congressman.

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Unlimited campaign donations

April 11, 2014 - 06:27 PM
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The Supreme Court says there will be no cap on the amount of money someone can give during an election cycle. Now, donors can flood campaigns with as much money as they want, with no end in sight.

Michael Beckel, reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, discussed the SCOTUS decision with Capital Insider.

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The Heartbleed Bug

April 11, 2014 - 06:26 PM
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Cyber security officials are raising the alarm about a major flaw in a major flaw in a popular data encryption standard.This is the latest in what seems to be a monthly cyber security breach in the United States.

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

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Medicare payments

April 10, 2014 - 01:59 PM
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For the first time ever, financial data from the government's insurance program has been released. The numbers could tell consumer groups a lot about the medical industry and highlight possible fraud.

Peter Whoriskey, investigative reporter with The Washington Post, discussed Medicare payments with Capital Insider.

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The equal pay debate

April 10, 2014 - 01:53 PM
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This week, President Obama rolled out a series of administrative actions that would promote pay equality for women. Now, Senate Republicans have blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Mike Lillis, reporter for The Hill, discussed the politics of the equal pay debate with Capital Insider.

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Giving Congress a raise

April 9, 2014 - 02:23 PM
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Outgoing Congressman Jim Moran says lawmakers are underpaid and deserve more money. He went on to say their yearly salary isn't enough to afford housing while Congress is in session.

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

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Unrest in eastern Ukraine

April 9, 2014 - 02:21 PM
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Weeks after Russia took over Crimea, pro-Russian forces continue to cause problems. Now, Put is warning Ukraine there could be a civil war.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (ret.), senior fellow with The London Center for Policy Research, discussed the continuing unrest in Ukraine.

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The future of UAVs

April 8, 2014 - 02:03 PM
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Earlier this year, the Pentagon announced it would scale down the number of troops and focus more on technology. Now, several projects are being developed to make drones the future of the nation's defense strategy.

Kevin McCaney, editor-in-chief of Defense Systems, discussed the development of the next wave of drones with Capital Insider.

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