Archive for August 2014

The politics of Iraq

August 12, 2014 - 02:10 PM
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The over-arching question: Did President Obama do enough to stabilize Iraq's fragile democracy?

Tim Starks, staff writer for CQ Roll Call, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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New VA bill accused of trampling civil service rights

August 12, 2014 - 02:00 PM
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It will help the agency hire more doctors, nurses, and medical staff. It will also help them open 27 new clinics across the country.

But the bill faces mounting criticism for the way it treats senior executives.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, explained on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

August 11, 2014 - 04:40 PM
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In this installment, they debate President Obama's authorization of airstrikes in Iraq, Sen. Rand Paul's stance on aid to Israel, and Russia's tweet depicting Obama holding a poodle.

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Peace in Gaza

August 8, 2014 - 05:15 PM
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As Israel and Hamas continue peace talks in Cairo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry remains in Afghanistan. So what role is the U.S. play in negotiations?

J.D. Gordon, retired Navy Commander and executive director of Protect America Today, discussed that, Putin's response to growing sanctions, and more with Capital Insider.

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Innovation in 3D printing

August 8, 2014 - 04:52 PM
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The Service to America Medals, or Sammies, honor federal workers who show a commitment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Three Smithsonian employees recreated some of the museums most coveted exhibits by using cutting edge technology.

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Corporations moving overseas

August 7, 2014 - 12:32 PM
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The U.S. has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, prompting many business to reincorporate overseas.

Danielle Douglas, business reporter for the Washington Post, discussed that and more with Capital Insider.

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An update on healthcare.gov

August 7, 2014 - 12:19 PM
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Healthcare.gov launched to a rocky start, and even with the site far over budget there could be more problems to come.

Bill Woods, director of acquisition and sourcing management issues with the Government Accountability Office, discussed that with Capital Insider

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More trouble in Afghanistan

August 6, 2014 - 06:02 PM
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As more troops are expected to pull out of Afghanistan, a U.S. General was shot by an Afghan solider on a military training base.

Col. Douglas Macgregor, decorated combat veteran and executive vice president of the Burke-Macgregor Group discussed that, the conflict in Gaza and more sanctions on Russia.

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Cashing in on special treatment

August 6, 2014 - 01:26 PM
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Most U.S. corporations have to pay the hefty 35 percent income tax rate, but for years oil and gas companies have been cashing in on tax breaks.

Ryan Alexander, president of the non-partisan Taxpayers For Common Sense, discussed that and more with Capital Insider.

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An update on Bitcoin

August 5, 2014 - 02:23 PM
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The virtual currency has been the subject of much controversy over the past year. Now, some advocates are changing the way they discuss the new technology.

Brian Fung, technology reporter for the Washington Post, discussed the changes with Capital Insider.

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Thrift savings plans

August 5, 2014 - 02:21 PM
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The latest data indicates nearly all federal worker retirement funds ended in the red for July. The losses are a result of the massive sell off on Wall street during the last week of the month.

Francis Rose, host of "In-Depth with Francis Rose", discussed TSP funds and proposed changes to retirement plans with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

August 4, 2014 - 12:35 PM
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Republican Strategist Mercedes Schlapp and Democratic Strategist LaToya Foster break down the week in politics.

In this installment,they discuss Obama's haters, Boehner's lawsuit, and Sarah Palin's new online presence.

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Reducing ambulance crash fatalities

August 4, 2014 - 12:31 PM
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The Service to America Medals, or Sammies, honor federal workers who show a commitment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

James Green, project officer for the Division of Safety Research at the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, discussed his work to ensure the safety of EMT workers with Capital Insider.

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The Office of Congressional Ethics

August 4, 2014 - 12:08 PM
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The OCE is supposed to make sure lawmakers aren't misusing taxpayer money, or accepting unethical gifts. Now a new report shows the OCE is focusing more on campaign finance.

Dave Levinthal, seniore reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, discussed the change at the OCE with Capital Insider.

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