Archive for April 2014

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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The federal civil service system

April 8, 2014 - 02:01 PM
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A new report by the Partnership for Public Service says agency practices are obsolete and outdated. Now, the recommendations to fix the system are getting push back from federal employee unions.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist with The Washington Post, discussed how to fix the federal civil service system with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

April 7, 2014 - 02:27 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Mark Levine break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate Obamacare's 7 million enrollees, moderates in the GOP party, and Sen. Ted Cruz' book deal.

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An updated on the ACA

April 4, 2014 - 05:04 PM
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This week, the White House celebrated a victory, more than 7 million Americans have enrolled through the healthcare exchanges. Now, many Republicans are saying the win will be short lived.

Emily Ethridge, staff writer for CQ Roll Call, discussed the next steps for Obamacare with Capital Insider.

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The shooting at Ft. Hood

April 4, 2014 - 05:01 PM
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This is the second shooting incident at the base in 5 years. Now, many are wondering if Ft. Hood has a security problem

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

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Costs of statehood

April 3, 2014 - 02:34 PM
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Puerto Rico has been a U.S. Territory for more than a century. Now, a new report is shedding light on the cost of making it the 51st state.

Chris Mihm, managing director of strategic issues with the Government Accountability Office, discussed the issue of statehood with Capital Insider.

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Caterpillar's tax issue

April 3, 2014 - 02:32 PM
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Earlier this week, a Senate report found that the manufacturing company had avoided paying billions in U.S. Taxes. The report also confirmed that Caterpillar did not violate any laws.

Danielle Douglas, financial reporter for The Washington Post, discussed tax avoidance with Capital Insider.

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