Archive for December 2014

Replacing Chuck Hagel

December 3, 2014 - 06:05 PM
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New reports suggest Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is the White House's top pick to replace Chuck Hagel, but many analysts say the administration has had a hard time filling the position.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research, discussed the challenges with Capital Insider.

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Federal health benefits

December 3, 2014 - 05:59 PM
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The federal health benefit enrollment period will end in less than a week, but with 28 options, many employees could feel overwhelmed. Now, one report says picking the right plan could save employees up to $2,000.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, discussed federal worker health care plans with Capital Insider.

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ISIS targets U.S. military

December 3, 2014 - 05:57 PM
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The FBI has issued a warning to all U.S. military serving within the states that ISIS could be targeting them. Soldiers are now being told to be cautious of what they post to their social media accounts.

Col. Cedric Leighton, president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed the threat and the cyber attack that crippled Sony Pictures with Capital Insider.

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President Obama threatens to veto corporate tax cuts

December 1, 2014 - 06:04 PM
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Congress is expected to renew dozens of expired tax breaks, known as “extenders,” but White House officials are saying that the President will veto any tax breaks that don’t include middle and low-income families. The cost of making these tax cuts permanent could reach more than $450 billion.

Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the implications of these tax cuts on working families and the budget deficit with Capital Insider.

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The Pentagon’s intelligence budget

December 1, 2014 - 05:56 PM
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Despite the Pentagon’s $50 billion intelligence budget, officials said they are still searching for new satellite technology that will provide them with “persistent surveillance” of the earth from space. A start-up company, Planet Lab Inc., has created and tested satellites that can take pictures of the entire earth on a daily basis.

Dan Verton, editorial director at FedScoop, discussed how these new satellites may help the Pentagon and who could be selected as the next Defense Secretary with Capital Insider.

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