Archive for September 2013

That was the week that was

September 30, 2013 - 03:25 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Former Congressional Attorney Mark Levine review the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's talk-a-thon, Iran's charm offensive, and New Jersey Mayor Corey Booker's flirtatious tweets.

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Obamacare continues to raise issues in Congress

September 27, 2013 - 04:50 PM
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On Saturday, the Senate is expected to pass its version of the continuing resolution. The stopgap spending measure would strip a provision -- passed in the House -- that would de-fund Obamacare.

Francis Rose, host of "In Depth with Francis Rose", discussed the bill's legislative future and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Mapping the genome of deadly bacteria

September 27, 2013 - 04:41 PM
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The Service to America Medals, or Sammies, honor federal workers who show a committment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Dr. Julie Segre, senior investigator, and Dr. Tara Palmore, epidemiologist, discussed their work on a deadly, drug-resistant bacteria for the National Institutes of Health.

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Is Iran willing to negotiate on its nuclear program?

September 27, 2013 - 04:38 PM
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani asked Israel to sign the landmark 1979 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The request was made hours before Iran and the U.S. held high-level talks on Iran's own nuclear activity.

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

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Federal contracts and a possible government shutdown

September 27, 2013 - 04:28 PM
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A possible government shutdown is less than one week away, and contractors are wary about its possible imapcts on their business.

Jill Aitoro, senior staff writer for the Washington Business Journal, discussed that issue with Capital Insider.

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Flood insurance reform

September 25, 2013 - 03:45 PM
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Massive flooding in Colorado has damaged or destroyed 2,000 homes and displaced thousands of people. As the state begins to rebuild, the topic of flood insurance is back in the spotlight.

David Williams, president of Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed the push for flood insurance reform with Capital Insider.

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Cruz delays continuing resolution vote

September 25, 2013 - 03:40 PM
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) vowed to speak until he could "no longer stand" in an attempt to de-fund Obamacare. The attempt lasted more than 21 hours, delaying a vote on a continuing resolution that could prevent a government shutdown.

Jonathan Strong, political reporter for the National Review, discussed Cruz and a possible CR with Capital Insider.

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The implications of a government shutdown

September 24, 2013 - 04:45 PM
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In less than a week, the federal government could shut down for the first time since 1996.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for the Washington Post, discussed the implications of a possible government shutdown with Capital Insider.

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Nasty campaign politics

September 24, 2013 - 04:42 PM
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Legal fights are brewing over political action committees' (PACs) rights under the First Amendment. They want to use lawmakers' names in the titles of their respective organizations.

Dave Levinthal, senior political reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, discussed the "Stop Pelosi" and "Stand with Rand" PACs with Capital Insider.

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Chinese satellites for U.S. data collection

September 24, 2013 - 04:39 PM
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This month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told a House committee that Chinese technology is a viable option to replace aging U.S. satellites.

Troy Schneider, editor-in-chief for FCW, discussed the security concerns raised by lawmakers with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

September 24, 2013 - 02:50 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler review the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate security clearances in light of the Navy Yard shooting, the impending government shutdown, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's visit to Capitol Hill.

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Improving Social Security's customer service

September 20, 2013 - 12:50 PM
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The Service to America Medals, or Sammies, honor federal workers who show a committment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Dave Broomell, finalist for the Call to Service Medal, discussed his work with the Social Security Administration on Capital Insider.

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The budget battle's impact on national security

September 20, 2013 - 12:46 PM
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The congressional budget battle has far reaching implications, including national security.

John Donnelly, senior writer and defense reporter for CQ Roll Call, discussed the impending government shutdown's effect on military readiness with Capital insider.

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Performance management in federal agencies

September 19, 2013 - 12:17 PM
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In 2010, the Government Performance and Modernization Act was passed in an attempt monitor the performance of federal agencies and their effectiveness.

Robert Shea, a principal at Grant Thornton and former OMB assistant director, discussed the bill's progress with Capital Insider.

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Federal Reserve's decision impacts housing market

September 19, 2013 - 11:30 AM
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The Federal Reserve will continue to pump $85 billion a month into the economy, keeping mortgage rates low and homebuilder confidence up.

Ingrid Beckels, CEO of The Beckles Collective, discussed the Federal Reserve's impact on the housing market and other issues with Capital Insider.

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Security implications of the Navy Yard attack

September 18, 2013 - 05:00 PM
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Monday's shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard raised concerns about the vetting process for federal contractors. J.D. Gordon, executive director of Protect America Today, discussed that and other issues with Capital Insider.

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The future of the federal budget

September 18, 2013 - 04:52 PM
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According to the Congressional Budget Office, government spending on healthcare and social security will double within 25 years, and spending on defense, transportation, and education will shrink.

Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discusses those figures and the budget battle being waged in Congress with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

September 17, 2013 - 02:25 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Erikka Knuti review the week in politics. In this installment, they debate Russian President Vladimir Putin's op-ed in the New York Times and DC Mayor Vincent Gray's veto of the living wage bill.

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The Active Citizen Summit

September 16, 2013 - 04:50 PM
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The Service to America Medals, or Sammies, honor federal workers who show a committment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Andrew Rabens, finalist for the Call to Service Medal, discussed his work on the Active Citizen Summit with Capital Insider.

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Putin wages Syria PR campaign

September 16, 2013 - 04:40 PM
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Russian President Vladimir Putin took his opinions on the United States' involvement in Syria to the New York Times. Putin talked directly to Americans and criticized President Obama.

Col. Cedric Leighton (U.S. Air Force, ret.), president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed that and other top defense issues with Capital Insider.

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