Archive for November 2012

Petraeus scandal blurs lines between public and private

November 15, 2012 - 03:30 PM
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To date, the Petraeus scandal has not resulted in any charges of official misconduct. The investigation is a complicated one -- now linked to author Paula Broadwell, Gen. John Allen, and socialite Jill Kelley.

John Donnelly, senior writer and editor of Executive Briefing Defense for CQ Roll Call, outlined the case and discussed the blurry lines between public and private on Capital Insider.

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CBO breaks down household impact of the fiscal cliff

November 15, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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In January, a bunch of temporary tax cuts are scheduled to expire. The increases won't affect every household equally, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, took a look at the figures and offered advice to Congress on Capital Insider.

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Federal agencies face uncertain future

November 13, 2012 - 03:30 PM
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For federal agencies, these are uncertain times. Voters cleared up a central part of the equation last week -- electing President Obama to a second term -- but big challenges await.

Obama's cabinet has a few holes already, and a few more on the way.

Francis Rose, host of 'In Depth with Francis Rose' on Federal News Radio, discussed the planning challenges on Capital Insider.

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President Obama's second term tech agenda

November 13, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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The White House has an ambitious tech agenda with three main goals:

1. Boost U.S. cyber defenses
2. Improve the U.S. wireless system
3. Tackle online privacy for consumers.

Steve Friess, technology reporter for Politico, discussed the challenges that await President Obama. Here's his interview on Capital Insider:

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Petraeus resigns after FBI uncovers extramarital affair

November 12, 2012 - 05:30 PM
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Top officials from the FBI, CIA, and Congress will meet to discuss the affair between former CIA director David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell this week. It's also possible Petraeus will be called to testify about September's deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Col. Cedric Leighton (U.S. Air Force, retired) discussed the resignation on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

November 12, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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President Obama won re-election by a wide margin in the electoral college. He won the popular vote by a relatively narrow margin.

Despite a grueling campaign, Obama's celebration was short-lived. He has a limited amount of time to hammer out a new 'grand bargain' on the fiscal cliff when the lame-duck Congress reconvenes on Tuesday.

Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discussed the week in politics on Capital Insider.

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Boulder Crest celebrates Veterans Day

November 12, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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The Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont Va. has raised roughly half of its stated $10 million goal. The privately-funded 37-acre site will serve wounded warriors. Construction is underway.

Board Member Anna Birch offered details on Capital Insider.

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Obama, lawmakers revisit fiscal cliff

November 9, 2012 - 05:30 PM
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On Friday, President Obama made his first post-election comments about the fiscal cliff. He stressed compromise and pushed Congress to act before January, but maintained his position on letting the Bush-era tax cuts expire for households making more than $250,000 a year.

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed the fiscal cliff and other issues with Capital Insider.

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Britain to hold direct talks with Syrian opposition

November 9, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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In an interview with Russia Today TV, Syrian President Bashar Assad rejected and offer from the British prime minister. It would have granted him safe passage out of Syria if he guaranteed an end to the country's civil war.

Assad said he will never leave, and that he will never be a "puppet" of the West.

Col. Cedric Leighton (U.S. Air Force, retired) discussed that and other issues with Capital Insider.

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Labor unions and the presidential election

November 7, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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President Obama won four more years in office on Tuesday, despite a drop in voter turnout. The Associated Press finds nearly 119 million people cast a ballot in the White House race, down from 131 million in 2008.

Joe Davidson, 'Federal Diary' columnist at The Washington Post, discussed the election role of federal labor unions with Capital Insider.

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Treasury finds IRS needs to patch cyber holes

November 7, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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A new report by the U.S. Treasury Department finds the IRS needs to take more steps to patch holes in security and protect sensitive data -- including Americans' taxes.

Troy K. Schneider, executive editor for FCW, discussed IRS cybersecurity with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

November 5, 2012 - 03:30 PM
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The presidential election can now be counted in hours rather than days. In Virginia, the polls open Tuesday at 6 a.m. In Maryland and the District, they open at 7 a.m.

President Obama and Mitt Romney probably won't get much sleep between now and then. Last week was a wild one on the campaign trail, and the contest remains too close to call.

Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discussed the candidates' final efforts on Capital Insider.

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VA's 'MyHealtheVet' initiative

November 5, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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This is the latest report in our series focused on the men and women in uniform, and military veterans.

'The American Veteran' was created by the Department of Veterans Affairs. It's goal: to inform active duty service members, veterans, and their families about VA benefits and services available to them.

Here's VA Spokeswoman Michele Hammonds on Capital Insider.

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U.S. officials push for new Syrian leadership council

November 2, 2012 - 03:30 PM
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Hours after a wave of bombings hit Damascus, rebels killed 28 regime soldiers at military checkpoints. Activists say 36,000 people have died since March of 2011.

The Syrian uprising began with peaceful protests, but quickly morphed into civil war. Now the U.S. is re-tooling its efforts with regards to opposition forces.

Former Defense Department Spokesman J.D. Gordon (U.S. Navy, retired) discussed that and other issues on Capital Insider.

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CyberWatch wins $5 million grant

November 2, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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Last month, Prince George's Community College received a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. It will allow them to keep the National CyberWatch Security Center running for another four years.

Casey O'Brien, director of CyberWatch, discussed the program and the future of cyber-education on Capital Insider.

 

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FCC disaster system, Windows 8, and the iPad mini

November 1, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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Hurricane Sandy knocked out a quarter of the cell phone towers in a ten-state area -- from Virginia to Massachusetts. The landline phone network held up a little better, but communication between storm victims and emergency workers experienced a significant impact.

Hayley Tsukayama, tech blogger with the Washington Post, discussed the FCC's disaster system and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Most federal agencies experience minimal impact from Sandy

November 1, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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Hurricane Sandy closed the Metro on Monday and Tuesday, and most federal workers had those days off.

Francis Rose, of 'In Depth with Francis Rose' on Federal News Radio, discussed the implications of the two-day shutdown on Capital Insider.

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