Archive for August 2014

Avoiding mission creep

August 20, 2014 - 02:13 PM
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The Obama administration has celebrated a small victory, after air strikes helped Kurdish fighters gain control of a key dam in Mosul. Now, a new poll shows a majority of Americans approve of the on-going strikes in Iraq, but a growing number are concerned the U.S. may become too involved.

Retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of the Burke Macgregor group, discussed mission creep and the turmoil in Asia with Capital Insider.

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The DoD's 1033 program

August 20, 2014 - 01:41 PM
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The situation in Ferguson, Mo., has gained national attention, but it's also shed light on the militarization of the police. In 1996, the NDAA included a section that allowed the Defense Department to transfer property to local authorities.

Steve Ellis, vice president of the nonpartisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the DoD's 1033 program and the push for tax reform with Capital Insider.

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Aereo on the ropes

August 19, 2014 - 02:29 PM
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After a major legal defeat earlier this year, Aereo is fighting for survival in court. Now, broadcasters are hoping for a knock out punch.

Brian Fung, technology reporter with The Washington Post, discussed that and the right to be forgotten with Capital Insider.

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Keeping an eye on the budget

August 19, 2014 - 02:27 PM
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After Capitol Hill's five week break, lawmakers will need to get to work on a continuing resolution that will fund the government in 2015. Although partisan politics is at an all time high, many are skeptical another shutdown is in the future.

Francis Rose, host of "In-Depth with Francis Rose" on Federal News Radio, discussed what federal workers need to keep an eye on come September with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

August 18, 2014 - 08:20 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 unrest in Ferguson, Mo., Hillary Clinton's criticism of Obama, and David Gregory's departure from NBC.

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A senatorial spending surge

August 18, 2014 - 08:19 PM
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This year the upper house is in play, Democrats control the chamber but Republicans want to take it back, which means spending a lot of money.

Dave Levinthal, senior reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, discussed all the cash going back and forth with Capital Insider.

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A diplomatic game of chicken

August 18, 2014 - 08:17 PM
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A large Russian aid convoy doesn't want to follow the rules. Ukraine wants them to cross the border at a checkpoint they control, but it's headed for a checkpoint controlled by Russian separatists.

Col. Cedric Leighton, president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed the situation in Ukraine and Putin's behavior with Capital Insider.

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Higher wage jobs make a comeback

August 14, 2014 - 02:30 PM
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The Labor Department released new numbers this week. They show that, in June, U.S. employers advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years.

Ylan Mui, financial reporter for The Washington Post, looks beyond the numbers with Capital Insider.

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Miscommunication and federal agencies

August 14, 2014 - 02:15 PM
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According to data from the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, senior leaders are not doing enough to communicate their vision to the federal workers they oversee.

Tom Fox, with the Partnership for Public Service, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Russia wants to send aid to Ukraine

August 13, 2014 - 03:15 PM
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On Tuesday, a convoy of 280 Russian trucks packed with supplies made its way toward the eastern part of Ukraine. Kiev says it will only allow the goods to cross the Ukrainian border if the International Red Cross approves.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, author of the new book "The Last Line," discussed that and other national security issues with Capital Insider.

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The beleaguered check book of the U.S. Postal Service

August 13, 2014 - 03:00 PM
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Despite increasing volume -- and charging consumers more money to send mail -- the U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion this Spring. The agency blamed higher employee pay, and higher costs for their benefits.

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

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The politics of Iraq

August 12, 2014 - 02:10 PM
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The over-arching question: Did President Obama do enough to stabilize Iraq's fragile democracy?

Tim Starks, staff writer for CQ Roll Call, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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New VA bill accused of trampling civil service rights

August 12, 2014 - 02:00 PM
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It will help the agency hire more doctors, nurses, and medical staff. It will also help them open 27 new clinics across the country.

But the bill faces mounting criticism for the way it treats senior executives.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, explained on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

August 11, 2014 - 04:40 PM
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In this installment, they debate President Obama's authorization of airstrikes in Iraq, Sen. Rand Paul's stance on aid to Israel, and Russia's tweet depicting Obama holding a poodle.

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Peace in Gaza

August 8, 2014 - 05:15 PM
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As Israel and Hamas continue peace talks in Cairo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remains in Afghanistan. So what role is the U.S. play in negotiations?

J.D. Gordon, retired Navy Commander and executive director of Protect America Today, discussed that, Putin's response to growing sanctions, and more with Capital Insider.

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Innovation in 3D printing

August 8, 2014 - 04:52 PM
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The Service to America Medals, or Sammies, honor federal workers who show a commitment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Three Smithsonian employees recreated some of the museums most coveted exhibits by using cutting edge technology.

Find out more here.

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Corporations moving overseas

August 7, 2014 - 12:32 PM
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The U.S. has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, prompting many business to reincorporate overseas.

Danielle Douglas, business reporter for the Washington Post, discussed that and more with Capital Insider.

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An update on healthcare.gov

August 7, 2014 - 12:19 PM
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Healthcare.gov launched to a rocky start, and even with the site far over budget there could be more problems to come.

Bill Woods, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues with the Government Accountability Office, discussed that with Capital Insider

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More trouble in Afghanistan

August 6, 2014 - 06:02 PM
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As more troops are expected to pull out of Afghanistan, a U.S. General was shot by an Afghan solider on a military training base.

Col. Douglas Macgregor, decorated combat veteran and executive vice president of the Burke-Macgregor Group discussed that, the conflict in Gaza and more sanctions on Russia.

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Cashing in on special treatment

August 6, 2014 - 01:26 PM
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Most U.S. corporations have to pay the hefty 35 percent income tax rate, but for years oil and gas companies have been cashing in on tax breaks.

Ryan Alexander, president of the non-partisan Taxpayers For Common Sense, discussed that and more with Capital Insider.

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