Archive for January 2013

Rough 4th quarter for U.S. economy

January 31, 2013 - 04:05 PM
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For the first time since 2009, the U.S. economy is shrinking. Defense cuts, fewer exports, and sluggish growth in company stockpiles all played a role.

Ylan Mui, financial reporter for The Washington Post, discussed that and other issues with Capital Insider.

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Hagel outlines position on Iran

January 31, 2013 - 04:00 PM
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Republican senators put Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel on the spot Thursday. He was challenged over his past statements on Israel, Iran, Iraq, and nuclear weapons.

J.D. Gordon, executive director of Protect America Today, discussed Hagel's chances for confirmation and other top defense issues on Capital Insider.

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Lapid a rising star in Israeli politics

January 30, 2013 - 02:35 PM
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On Monday, President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama congratulated him on a successful re-election campaign.

Netanyahu's party won a majority in parliament but they lost some momentum to centrists like Yair Lapid.

Matthew Brodsky, director of the Jewish Policy Center, discussed the election with Capital Insider.

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Medicare looking to recoup fraudulent payments

January 30, 2013 - 02:30 PM
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The taxpayer-funded Medicare program paid more than $120 million from 2009 to 2011 -- in violation of federal law -- for medical services for inmates and illegal immigrants.

The Department of Health finds the program was billed more than $33 million for inmate care and more than $91 million for illegal immigrant care.

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

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Charitable giving in the internet age

January 29, 2013 - 04:05 PM
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Every year, the Office of Personnel Management runs a charity called the Combined Federal Campaign. This year, they want to make some changes.

Joe Davidson, "Federal Diary" columnist at The Washington Post, discussed that and other issues with Capital Insider.

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Cyber hiring at USAF contingent on budget

January 29, 2013 - 04:00 PM
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In 2014, the U.S. Air Force plans to increase its cyber workforce by 15 percent. That's roughly 1,000 new employees.

Amber Corrin, national security correspondent for FCW, discussed the trend with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

January 28, 2013 - 03:40 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discuss President Obama's inaugural address, Beyonce-gate, the White House cabinet shuffle, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's final hearing.

Here's their debate on Capital Insider.

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North Korea plans nuke test, confirms warheads

January 25, 2013 - 02:15 PM
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The White House calls North Korea's plan to conduct another nuclear test, "needlessly provocative." Spokesman Jay Carney says it will only increase the country's isolation.

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

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Obama picks White to lead the SEC

January 25, 2013 - 02:10 PM
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Mary Jo White built her reputation as a prosecutor on the backs on white-collar criminals, terrorists, and mobsters. Now, President Obama wants her to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Francis Rose, host of "In Depth with Francis Rose" on Federal News Radio, discussed that and other issues with Capital Insider.

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Despite savings, transition to dollar coin fails to gain traction

January 24, 2013 - 02:50 PM
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Last February, the Government Accountability Office studied a possible transition from dollar bills to dollar coins. They discovered it would save taxpayers $4.4 billion over 30 years.

Despite this study, the change-over was never enacted.

Lorelei St. James, director of physical infrastructure issues at the GAO, discussed the study with Capital Insider.

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Panetta lifts ban on women in combat

January 24, 2013 - 02:45 PM
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On Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the Pentagon will lift a ban on women serving in combat. He believes women have become an integral part of the military's ability to succeed.

Jonathan Broder, senior editor of defense and foreign policy for CQ Roll Call, discussed that and other top defense topics on Capital Insider.

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The rising cost of federal crop insurance

January 23, 2013 - 02:00 PM
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This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture tallied recent losses. They discovered that the federal crop insurance program will cost at least $14 billion in 2012.

Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed that and other top tax topics on Capital Insider.

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China, Japan take steps to cool tensions

January 23, 2013 - 01:55 PM
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A dispute between China and Japan -- over a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea --escalated this month, and raised fears of an armed confrontation.

On Tuesday, China welcomed a Japanese envoy for talks as both sides took steps to cool tensions.

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

Note: This interview erroneously includes footage of the Dokdo and Takeshima islands -- the source of a different dispute between Japan and South Korea. Capital Insider regrets the error.

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President Obama's top five first-term achievements

January 22, 2013 - 05:00 PM
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Here the list of President Obama's top five first-term achievements, according to Democratic Strategist Nicole Williams:

1. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
2. Repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell"
3. The targeted killing of Osama Bin Laden
4. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
5. Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

Watch her discussion with Capital Insider here:

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President Obama's second-term battles

January 22, 2013 - 04:55 PM
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On Monday, Democrats and Republicans put partisan matters on the shelf. But big challenges await. They include three looming fiscal deadlines, comprehensive immigration reform, and new gun laws.

Philip Joyce, Ph.D. -- a professor with the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland -- discussed President Obama's second-term battles with Congress on Capital Insider.

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A historical look at presidential inaugurations

January 22, 2013 - 04:50 PM
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Tom Fox, with the Partnership for Public Service, discussed the history of presidential inaugurations and other issues on Capital Insider.

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Tax code gets good play in Inauguration address

January 22, 2013 - 04:45 PM
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During his inaugural address, President Obama touched on some of the tax-related challenges of his second term.

"We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time," he said. "We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher."

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed the speech and other issues on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

January 22, 2013 - 04:40 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discuss the NRA's controversial new ad, the GOP's debt ceiling retreat, and Congressional term limits.

Here's their debate on Capital Insider:

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Military brass warns of hollow force

January 18, 2013 - 01:50 PM
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This week, top military leaders issued a stark warning to Congress: "You've pushed the Pentagon to the brink of a crisis."

The letter -- signed by the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, National Guard, and Joint Chiefs of Staff -- says the threat of automatic budget cuts and the failure to pass a 2013 defense budget put the Pentagon at risk of a "hollow force."

John Donnelly, senior writer and editor of "Executive Briefing Defense" for CQ Roll Call, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Energy industry advocate on natural gas exports

January 18, 2013 - 01:45 PM
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In December, the EPA released a controversial study. It says exporting natural gas would represent an economic win for the U.S.

Margot Thorning, senior vice president and chief economist for the American Council for Capital Formation, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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