Archive for January 2015

That was the week that was

January 11, 2015 - 02:30 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler break down the week in politics.

In this installment they debate the Keystone XL Pipeline, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's fundraising campaign, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's awkward hug at the Dallas Cowboys' first playoff game.

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FBI details North Korea's ties to Sony hack

January 9, 2015 - 05:30 PM
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This week, FBI Director James Comey addressed a cybersecurity conference in New York. Comey said he's confident that North Korea was behind the brazen attack.

The Obama Administration wants to challenge skeptics who don't believe the Hermit Kingdom was involved.

Col. Cedric Leighton, a retired military intelligence officer and president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed the FBI's evidence with Capital Insider.

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Charlie Hebdo victims remembered as "fearless" satirists

January 9, 2015 - 05:20 PM
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Cartoonists and comedians around the world are describing the satirists killed at French magazine "Charlie Hebdo" as among the most fearless in the business.

Abby Phillip, reporter for The Washington Post, discussed reaction to the attack and it's first amendment implications with Capital Insider.

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The cost of attending public universities

January 8, 2015 - 06:55 PM
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New research indicates that students pay more of the cost of attending public universities than state governments do. That's in stark contrast to the 1970s -- when states supplied public colleges with nearly 75-percent of their funding.

Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, reporter for The Washington Post, discussed that and other financial issues with Capital Insider.

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DHS tries to clean up a systemic problem with overtime pay

January 8, 2015 - 06:50 PM
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Administratively uncontrollable overtime (AUO) at the Department of Homeland Security has been a problem for the better part of a decade. AUO costs the agency hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

David Maurer, director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office, discussed the systemic problem with Capital Insider.

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Tax reform is feasible in the 114th Congress

January 7, 2015 - 04:40 PM
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The GOP assumed control of both chambers of Congress on Tuesday and set the stage for another round of fierce partisan battles. At issue: health care, immigration, and key environmental and business regulations.

Ryan Alexander, president of the non-partisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, followed the money for Capital Insider.

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Sanctions, security, and the world economy

January 7, 2015 - 04:35 PM
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Russia's annexation of Crimea and separatist violence in Eastern Ukraine prompted sanctions from the United States and the European Union. Those sanctions hit Russian banks, oil companies, and food sellers. But now, they appear to be cutting both ways -- hurting Russia and big European companies.

Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor discussed the relationship between sanctions, security, and the world economy with Capital Insider.

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Lawmakers return to Washington

January 7, 2015 - 11:45 AM
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In a blend of pageantry and politics, Republicans assumed control of both chambers of Congress on Tuesday. But divided government is still on full display -- even within the GOP ranks -- with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) as "exhibit A."

Kevin Cirilli, reporter for The Hill, discussed the 114th Congress with Capital Insider.

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The future of U.S. patents according to Priceline.com

January 7, 2015 - 11:40 AM
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Jay Walker, founder of Priceline.com, wants to fix the U.S. patent system. He's trying to build a neutral, third-party utility from the ground up.

Brian Fung, technology reporter for The Washington Post, discussed his recent interview with Walker on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

January 5, 2015 - 04:15 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler break down the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate the Obama administration's action against North Korea, allegations of racism against Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), and new presidential poll numbers on former Florda Gov. Jeb Bush (R).

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