Archive for September 2012

Romney shifts back to economic attacks

September 14, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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GOP Nominee Mitt Romney toned down his criticism of President Obama on Thursday -- specifically, Obama's handling of the diplomatic crisis in the Middle East.

Romney shifted back to an economic argument with a spirited speech that accused the president of failing U.S. Workers.

Rachel Van Dongen, deputy politics editor for Politico, offered analysis on Capital Insider.

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US embassies step up security after Libya attack

September 13, 2012 - 11:00 AM
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. has been tightening security at American missions worldwide following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three American members of his staff.

A second U.S. warship is headed to the Libyan coast.

The destroyer USS Laboon moved into position on Wednesday.

Col. Douglas MacGregor (U.S. Army, retired) discussed the developing situation with Capital Insider.

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Some hospitals upgrade security to protect radiological material

September 13, 2012 - 10:30 AM
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A new report details the progress of voluntary security upgrades at U.S. hospitals. The concern: more than 1,500 hospitals use radiological material -- material that could be used to make a "dirty bomb."

Mark Gaffigan, managing director for natural resources and environment issues at the Government Accountability Office, discussed his organization's review with Capital Insider.

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White House tackles cybersecurity after Senate bill busts

September 12, 2012 - 08:30 PM
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Last month, a comprehensive piece of cybersecurity legislation failed in the Senate.

Supporters consider it critical to protect U.S. computer systems from attack. Opponents call it an expensive burden on businesses trying to weather a weak economic recovery.

When the bill failed, the White House stepped in.

Ellen Nakashima, national security reporter for The Washington Post, offered analysis on Capital Insider.

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GOP downplays Romney's comments on ACA

September 12, 2012 - 06:00 PM
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On Sunday, Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney told Meet the Press he would preserve parts of the Affordable Care Act.

Those remarks caused some conservatives to question Romney's commitment to repealing President Obama's health care overhaul.

Emily Ethridge, health care reporter for Roll Call, discussed the comments with Capital Insider.

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Americans pause and remember Sept. 11

September 12, 2012 - 05:30 PM
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Americans paused again on Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror arracks. Hundreds gathered at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Pentagon, and Shanksville Pa. to read the names of nearly 3,000 victims killed.

Meanwhile, military and political leaders are asking, "Are we any safer?"

Col. Cedric Leighton (U.S. Air Force, retired) offered analysis on Capital Insider.

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Bagram Prison under Afghan control

September 12, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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On Monday, the U.S. handed over control of Bagram Prison to Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai called it a victory for his country's sovereignty.

The U.S. started detaining prisoners at Bagram ten years ago, including suspected Taliban militants.

The transfer represents a big, but controversial step in the drawdown of American troops.

J.D. Gordon, former spokesman for the Department of Defense, discussed the handoff on Capital Insider.

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August continues trend of tepid growth

September 10, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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U.S. Employers added 96,000 jobs in August -- that's fewer than expected. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate dropped from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent.

Michael Fletcher, economics reporter for The Washington Post, broke down the numbers on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

September 10, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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President Barack Obama and Republican Nominee Mitt Romney have hit the home stretch. The election is less than two months away.

On Friday, the Labor Department released August job numbers. U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs last month. Both campaigns used that figure to their advantage on the campaign trail.

Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Mark Levine discussed that and other issues on Capital Insider.

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RNC vs. DNC

September 4, 2012 - 07:00 PM
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Democrats called their national convention to order on Tuesday. They expect 35,000 people to attend.

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will deliver Tuesday's keynote address, followed by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Politico's Dave Levinthal previews the DNC and reflects on the RNC with Capital Insider.

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Sammies Finalist Lynne Mofenson

September 4, 2012 - 06:30 PM
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In May, The Partnership for Public Service announced 33 finalists for the Service to America Medals. The "Sammies" honor federal workers who show a commitment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Lynne Mofenson -- branch chief of the pediatric, adolescent and maternal AIDS branch at the National Institutes of Health -- is a finalist for the 2012 Career Achievement Medal.

She discussed her work with Capital Insider.

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