Archive for December 2012

Fiscal Cliff could send capital gains back to 20 percent

December 28, 2012 - 01:30 PM
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The White House will host a meeting Friday afternoon that could determine whether the fiscal cliff will arrive next week. President Obama and top House and Senate leaders are expected to attend.

For now, a series of tax increases and budget cuts are scheduled to take effect on Tuesday.

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, outlined the possible impact on capital gains. Here's his interview with Capital Insider:

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The top business stories of 2012

December 27, 2012 - 03:30 PM
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Jill Aitoro, federal contracting reporter for The Washington Business Journal, reviewed some of the top financial headlines of 2012.

Here's her interview with Capital Insider:

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Can lawmakers "come together" and avert the fiscal cliff

December 27, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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Starbucks cups, U.S. adoptions in Russia, and hidden airline fees have one thing in common: the federal government.

Francis Rose, host of 'In Depth with Francis Rose' on Federal News Radio, discussed all of the above on Capital Insider.

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Fiscal cliff and national security

December 26, 2012 - 03:30 PM
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The economic threat that kept many Americans on edge for months is nearing reality: huge tax increases, deep cuts in domestic and defense programs, reduced consumer spending, and corporate layoffs.

Vice Admiral Peter Daly (U.S. Navy, retired) discussed the possible impact on national security with Capital Insider.

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Housing starts drop, other indicators jump

December 26, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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This month, housing officials released more mixed signals about the housing market. The Commerce Department said U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in November -- after starting work in October at the fastest pace in four years.

Ingrid Beckles, of the Beckles Collective, discussed that and other indicators on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

December 26, 2012 - 02:30 PM
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Former Republican National Committee Spokeswoman Cherylyn Harley Lebon offered analysis of the NRA's news conference, fiscal cliff negotiations, and President Obama's cabinet shuffle.

Here's her interview with Capital Insider:

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Grading the Bush-era tax cuts

December 26, 2012 - 02:00 PM
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The U.S. economy has not enjoyed a sustained period of strong economic growth following the passage of the Bush-era tax cuts. As a result, some analysts argue free-market economics does not work.

Matthew Mitchell, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, studied those tax cuts. He offered perspective on Capital Insider.

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FTC finds kids "apps" lack transparency

December 20, 2012 - 04:00 PM
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This month, the Federal Trade Commission released a report on mobile apps offered for kids. They studied Apple and Google -- operators of the two largest app stores in the United States.

Manas Mohapatra, a primary author of that report, discussed his findings with Capital Insider.

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GAO studies Iran oil sanctions

December 20, 2012 - 03:30 PM
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The U.S. cut diplomatic ties with Iran in 1979 after militant students stormed the embassy in Tehran.

This year, President Obama and U.S. allies abroad imposed sweeping economic sanctions on Iran over its opaque nuclear program. The value of Iranian currency plummeted.

Now, Iran's foreign minister says direct talks -- between the U.S. and Iran -- are possible. The White House has not responded.

The Government Accountability Office published one study on the petroleum sanctions this month. They plan to release a second in the coming months.

Thomas Melito, director of international affairs and trade issues at the GAO, discussed the first study on Capital Insider.

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Taliban targets polio clinics in Pakistan

December 19, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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On Tuesday, Taliban insurgents targeted a pair of U.N. backed polio vaccination clinics in Pakistan. They shot and killed five women working there.

Officials called the attacks a major setback for a campaign seeking to contain the crippling disease.

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

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TPA predicts lawmakers will avert the fiscal cliff

December 19, 2012 - 04:00 PM
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Negotiations over the fiscal cliff hit another lull on Tuesday. The White House and Congressional Democrats rejected House Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B."

For his part, Boehner says Republicans will draft a second tax plan outside the one he's pursuing with President Obama.

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, found reasons for optimism. He discussed the fiscal cliff and other top tax issues with Capital Insider.

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Survey suggests problems at Federal Maritime Commission

December 18, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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Earlier this month, the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte released their annual report, "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government." Nearly 700,000 workers responded this year.

The result: employee satisfaction dropped by the largest margin since 2003, the first year studied.

Joe Davidson, 'Federal Diary' columnist at The Washington Post, discussed disappointing results for the Federal Maritime Commission on Capital Insider.

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Big data the big kahuna of tech trends

December 18, 2012 - 04:00 PM
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A new report released by the National Intelligence Council finds big data will be the big kahuna of tech trends in the coming decades. That means new markets for big contractors and big challenges for cybersecurity.

Amber Corrin, national security correspondent for FCW, discussed the report on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

December 17, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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On Monday, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner continued their series of one-on-one meetings about the fiscal cliff. They spoke at the White House for 45 minutes.

On Friday, Boehner offered $1 trillion in higher tax revenue over 10 years and an increase in the top tax rate on people making more than $1 million a year.

Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discussed those negotiations, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, and other top political topics on Capital Insider.

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Veterans Affairs Hiring Fairs

December 17, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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This is the latest report in our series focused on the men and women in uniform, and military veterans.

'The American Veteran' was created by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It's goal: to inform active duty service members, veterans, and their families about VA benefits and services available to them.

Here's VA Spokeswoman Joy Hahn on Capital Insider.

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New budget reality will test Obama's commitment to federal workers

December 17, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte just released their annual report, "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government."

Nearly 700,000 workers responded this year.

The result: employee satisfaction dropped by the largest margin since 2003, the first year studied.

Tom Fox, with the Partnership, discussed that report with Capital Insider.

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NATO predicts Assad will fall

December 17, 2012 - 02:30 PM
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For the first time, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally, Russia, says his regime is cracking under the force of a powerful rebellion. NATO predicts Assad will fall.

The statements follow an important meeting in Morocco. The U.S., Europe, and their allies recognized the new opposition leadership.

Col. Cedric Leighton (U.S. Air Force, ret.) discussed the developments with Capital Insider.

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Health insurance exchange deadline fast approaching

December 13, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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On Friday, states need to decide if they want to set up their own health insurance exchange or rely on the federal government.

Gov. Gary Herbert (R-UT) says his state is in. He wants President Obama to approve the exchange his state has in place already, and proclaim it a model for other states.

Emily Ethridge, health care policy staff writer for CQ Roll Call, discussed the deadline on Capital Insider.

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DOJ: "Astonishing" dysfunction at HSBC

December 13, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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This week, the U.S. Justice Department cited "astonishing" dysfunction at British banking giant HSBC. Officials said that dysfunction helped Mexican drug cartels, Iran, and Libya move money around the world.

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

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Egyptian constitution prompts demonstrations in Cairo

December 12, 2012 - 03:30 PM
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Opponents and supporters of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi gathered in Cairo on Tuesday, just four days ahead of a referendum on a proposed constitution. The document is being drafted largely by Morsi's allies.

Col. Douglas Macgregor (U.S. Army, ret.) discussed that and other issues on Capital Insider.

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