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Politico offers live convention coverage, Capital Insider returns Friday

August 27, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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Politico's coverage of the Republican and Democratic conventions will preempt Capital Insider on August 27th through the 30th, and September 3rd through the 6th.

Capital Insider will air at its regularly scheduled time on Friday August 31st and Friday September 7th.

For more information on convention coverage, see the Politico news release below.

Arlington, Va. - POLITICO announced today its plans for 70 hours of live convention programming and a nightly lounge for convention-goers during the weeks of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Programming in the form of live shows and events will originate from the POLITICO Hub in both cities, located inside the Rivergate Tower in downtown Tampa and at Packard Place in uptown Charlotte. Both venues are just a few short blocks from the convention centers. All programming will stream live on POLITICO.com and mobile devices, with select programs airing nationally on C-SPAN and on NewsChannel 8 in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Equipped with wi-fi and top-of-the-line amenities, the invitation-only POLITICO Hub will offer guests a retreat to unwind, to network with other convention-goers and to experience POLITICO LIVE shows and events.

Mornings will begin at the POLITICO Hub at 7:30 ET with a POLITICO LIVE: Driving the Day show, breaking down the day's political agenda, followed by special convention-editions of Playbook Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. ET, which will feature top newsmakers such as Karl Rove and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Doors for Playbook Breakfast will open at 8 a.m. ET.

Each evening, beginning at 6, the POLITICO Hub's nightly lounge will offer specialty cocktails provided by Diageo as well as gourmet bites tailored to each host city, including Florida seafood and North Carolina barbecue.

On Sunday, Aug. 26 in Tampa, POLITICO programming will kick off with a special edition of POLITICO LIVE at 3 p.m. A complete list of programming is below.

The convention-edition programming will be contributed to by POLITICOs, including: John Harris, Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Jonathan Allen, Alexander Burns, Maggie Haberman, Charlie Mahtesian, Jonathan Martin, Bill Nichols, Anna Palmer, Lois Romano, Manu Raju, Jake Sherman, Roger Simon, Rachel Smolkin, Juana Summers, Glenn Thrush, among others.

REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
POLITICO Hub, Rivergate Tower, 400 North Ashley Dr., 9th Floor, Tampa, Fla. 33602
Sunday, Aug. 26
- 3 p.m. POLITICO LIVE: RNC Kickoff*

Monday, Aug. 27 - Thursday, Aug. 30
- 7:30 a.m. POLITICO LIVE: Driving the Day
- 8:30 a.m. POLITICO Playbook Breakfast with host Mike Allen*
- 12:00 p.m. POLITICO Policy Lunch


- 2:00 p.m. POLITICO LIVE: The Buzz
- 7:00 p.m. POLITICO LIVE: Primetime**

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
POLITICO Hub, Packard Place, 222 South Church St., 5th floor, Charlotte, N.C. 28202
Monday, Sept. 3
- 8:30 a.m. POLITICO Playbook Breakfast with host Mike Allen*
- 6:00 p.m. POLITICO LIVE: DNC Kickoff*

Tuesday, Sept. 4 - Thursday, Sept. 6
- 7:30 a.m. POLITICO LIVE: Driving the Day
- 8:30 a.m. POLITICO Playbook Breakfast with host Mike Allen*
- 12:00 p.m. POLITICO Policy Lunch
- 2:00 p.m. POLITICO LIVE: The Buzz
- 7:00 p.m. POLITICO LIVE: Primetime**

*airs nationally on C-SPAN
**airing at 12:00 a.m. ET on C-SPAN

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Sammies Finalist Louis Milione

August 27, 2012 - 02:00 PM
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In May, The Partnership for Public Service announced 33 finalists for the Service to America Medals. The "Sammies" honor federal workers who show a commitment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Louis Milione, special agent and group supervisor at the Drug Enforcement Agency, is a finalist for the 2012 Justice and Law Enforcement Medal.

He discussed his work with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

August 27, 2012 - 01:30 PM
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Last week was a long one for Mitt Romney and, until Friday, it had little to do with the candidate himself.

On Sunday, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) uttered the words "legitimate rape" during a TV interview. Akin (who's running against Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill) apologized for using the word "legitimate," but did not back off of his unequivocal pro-life stance.

Romney and other high-profile members of the GOP asked Akin to step down. He stayed in the race.

Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Mark Levine offered analysis on Capital Insider.

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U.N. team on Iran formed at critical time

August 24, 2012 - 07:00 PM
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The United Nations Nuclear Agency has formed a special team to address Iran. They pulled together experts in weapons technology, intelligence, radiation, and other fields to probe Iran's nuclear program.

J.J. Green, national security correspondent for WTOP Radio, offered analysis on Capital Insider.

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Venture capital firm builds from the bottom up

August 24, 2012 - 06:30 PM
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Owning a piece of real estate in Washington D.C. just got a whole lot easier. A new venture capital firm called Fundrise started selling more than 3,000 shares of a building on H Street for $100 each.

Co-founder Ben Miller discussed the concept on Capital Insider.

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Federal workers' unions critical of pay freeze extension

August 23, 2012 - 05:30 PM
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This week, President Obama told Congress he will extend a two year pay freeze for federal workers until at least next spring. The campaign made it difficult to reach a long-range agreement before October -- the start of fiscal 2013.

In a letter to Congressional leadership Obama wrote, "Government must maintain efforts to keep our nation on a sustainable fiscal course." Obama estimates the freeze will save taxpayers more than $60 billion.

William Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, discussed the freeze on Capital Insider.

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Will the IRS be prepared for ACA-related duties?

August 23, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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In 2014, people who do not get qualified health insurance will pay a penalty, unless they are exempt because of low income, religious beliefs, or other exemptions. The Congressional Budget Office estimates four million people will pay a penalty that year.

That's a lot of work. Taxpayers Protection Alliance President David Williams does not the the Internal Revenue Service can handle it.

Here's his interview on Capital Insider:

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Sammies Finalist Charles Scoville

August 22, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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In May, The Partnership for Public Service announced 33 finalists for the Service to America Medals. The "Sammies" honor federal workers who show a commitment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Charles Scoville, chief of the amputee patient care service at Walter Reed, is a finalist for the 2012 National Security and International Affairs Medal.

He discussed his work with Capital Insider.

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TCS: Time to cut subsidies for big oil

August 22, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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This week, Apple became Wall Street's all-time MVP when the company's value topped $624 billion. That's 54 percent more than the market's number two -- Exxon Mobil Corp.

Still, Exxon and other large oil companies continue to make billions every year while receiving subsidies from U.S. taxpayers.

Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Local companies compete for ACA-related contracts

August 21, 2012 - 08:00 PM
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In 2014, states will be required to operate exchanges. The set up is already underway. That said, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia have taken different approaches.

Danielle Douglas, business writer for the Washington Post, discussed those differences and how contractors have been competing for Affordable Care Act related contracts.

Here's her interview on Capital Insider:

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Sammies Finalist Kyle Myers

August 20, 2012 - 05:30 PM
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In May, The Partnership for Public Service announced 33 finalists for the Service to America Medals. The "Sammies" honor federal workers who show a commitment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Kyle Myers, with the Food and Drug Administration, is a finalist for the 2012 Science and Environmental Medal.

She discussed her work with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

August 20, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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Are you fed up with the presidential campaign yet? How about negative political ads?

Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discussed mud-flinging and other topics on Capital Insider.

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Johnson sees "more of the same" on the campaign trail

August 20, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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Personal wealth continues to be a central topic on the campaign trail. The left wants Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney to release more tax returns. The right says President Obama is provoking class warfare.

Dani Johnson, author of "First Steps to Wealth," discussed that and other topics on Capital Insider.

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Afghanistan suffers spike in green-on-blue attacks

August 20, 2012 - 04:00 PM
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Taliban Leader Mullah Omar says his fighters have infiltrated the Afghan Police, the Afghan Army, and are killing a growing number of American troops. Omar released that message on an already deadly day.

Last week, A spokesman for the NATO coalition in Afghanistan said a black hawk helicopter crashed in Kandahar Province killing seven U.S. troops and four Afghans.

Col. Cedric Leighton (U.S. Air Force, retired) discussed "green-on-blue" attacks on Capital Insider.

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Will Affordable Care Act impact employer-sponsored coverage?

August 16, 2012 - 06:30 PM
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Employer-sponsored health coverage is the leading source of coverage in the U.S. In 2010, nearly 60 percent of Americans under the age of 65 had a health plan at work.

The Government Accountability Office studied whether or not President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will change those numbers. The individual mandate, health insurance exchanges, and other aspects of the law could have a big impact.

John Dicken, director of health care issues at the GAO, discussed his report on Capital Insider.

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Freddie, Fannie back in black

August 16, 2012 - 06:00 PM
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On Wednesday, the Associated Press released the results of a wide-ranging study. They compared nine economic recoveries dating back to the end of World War II. Each recovery lasted at least three years.

The AP discovered the recent U.S. recession has been followed by the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression. The housing market remains a big part of that equation.

Nationwide, it has been a generally positive month.

Ingrid Beckles, of The Beckles Collective, discussed new housing figures on Capital Insider.

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Morsi solidifies hold on Egypt

August 16, 2012 - 05:30 PM
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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi presented the nation's top two military commanders with the Nile Medal this week. That's Egypt's highest honor. But the awards come two days after Morsi ordered their retirement.

His decision stunned Egypt and followed six decades of indirect military rule.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (U.S. Army) discussed that and other topics on Capital Insider.

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Ryan first House VP hopeful since Ferraro

August 16, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick represents an historic challenge.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is now part of an exclusive, and largely unsuccessful, club. He's only the fourth House member picked for VP since the 1930s.

Roll Call's Niels Lesniewski offered analysis on Capital Insider.

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GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan, a profile

August 14, 2012 - 03:30 PM
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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the GOP's pick for vice president, was dispatched to court voters and donors in Colorado and Nevada on Tuesday.

Ryan is well known in Washington, but not so famous outside the beltway.

Washington Post Congressional Reporter Ben Pershing profiled Ryan on Capital Insider.

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CEO calls EPA data breach a failure of basic cybersecurity

August 14, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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This month, the Washington Business Journal reported that a breach at the Environmental Protection Agency exposed 8,000 people -- most of them EPA employees.

Route1 Inc. CEO Tony Busseri discussed the breach, and how employees and employers can prevent them from happening. Here's his interview on Capital Insider.

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