Archive for December 2012

Are tax deals with corporations worth the investment?

December 12, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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On Friday, Oregon will hold a special legislative session about athletic footwear and apparel giant Nike. The company wants to expand operations in the state, but it also wants the government to promise tax rules won't change.

Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed tax deals between states and corporations on Capital Insider.

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From personal computers to personal clouds

December 11, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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Cloud computing is a tech trend poised to grow exponentially in 2013. The data storage method became popular in the private sector. Now, the federal government uses it -- and it probably already applies to a PC near you.

Vivek Kundra, former U.S. Chief Information Officer to the Obama administration, discussed the cloud with Capital Insider.

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OMB directive did not catch agencies unaware

December 11, 2012 - 04:00 PM
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President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner might be stuck in fiscal cliff gridlock, but there has been some movement at federal agencies. The Washington Post reports those offices must consider furloughs, hiring freezes, and contract freezes.

Francis Rose, host of 'In Depth with Francis Rose' on Federal News Radio, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

December 10, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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On Friday, the Labor Department said employers added 146,000 jobs in November. The unemployment rate dipped to 7.7 percent, a four-year low.

Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discussed those figures and other topics on Capital Insider.

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Samsung tries to take a bite out of Apple ruling

December 10, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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On Friday, a federal judge urged the world's largest smartphone makers to settle their differences. This summer, Apple won a roughly $1 billion verdict over their rival. Now, Samsung wants a new trial or a court ruling that essentially cuts that amount in half.

The Washington Post's Hayley Tsukayama discussed that and other top tech issues on Capital Insider.

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NBCSL: Affordable Care Act passed, we need to expand Medicaid

December 7, 2012 - 03:30 PM
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The National Black Caucus of State Legislators met with President Obama this week to discuss the fiscal cliff and their legislative priorities for 2013.

NBCSL President Barbara Ballard (D-KS) discussed that meeting and other issues on Capital Insider.

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Ireland hosts three-way talks on Syria

December 7, 2012 - 03:00 PM
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A Russian trade and human rights bill cleared Congress on Thursday and headed for the president's desk. It will open new opportunities for American businesses, but could antagonize U.S.-Russian relations.

For more than three decades, lawmakers waived the Jackson-Vanick restrictions. This year, Russia's support for Syria went too far.

Lawmakers remain worried Syria will use chemical weapons on its own people.

J.D. Gordon discussed that and other issues on Capital Insider.

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GAO addresses hurdles to closing Gitmo

December 6, 2012 - 07:15 PM
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The Defense Department operates six corrections facilities in the U.S. that are equipped to confine service members for more than one year.

Those facilities are operating at less-than-half capacity.

Could they support detainees from Guantanamo Bay?

David Maurer, director of homeland security and justice issues at the Government Accountability Office, discussed the issue on Capital Insider.

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Policy maker says big banks still pose big risk

December 6, 2012 - 07:00 PM
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The federal government is making a push to reign in big banks.

Danielle Douglas, financial reporter for The Washington Post, offered an update on the term "too big to fail."

Here's her interview with Capital Insider.

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Obama administration concerned about chemical weapons in Syria

December 6, 2012 - 06:45 PM
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A mortar slammed into a ninth grade classroom in the suburbs of Damascus on Tuesday. It killed 29 students and one teacher. Syria's state-run news agency blamed the attack on "terrorists." That's the term President Bashar Assad uses to describe rebel forces.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (U.S. Army, retired) discussed the situation in Syria on Capital Insider.

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Initial offers on fiscal cliff stand little chance of passage

December 6, 2012 - 06:30 PM
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Without a deal, the U.S. will fall off the fiscal cliff in four weeks. Lawmakers remain locked in a stalemate.

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed that and other issue on Capital Insider.

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Federal Diary celebrates 80th anniversary

December 4, 2012 - 05:30 PM
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Federal unions are making a push on Capitol Hill. They want lawmakers to represent the best interests of federal workers during fiscal cliff negotiations.

Joe Davidson, 'Federal Diary' columnist for The Washington Post, discussed the push on Capital Insider.

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U.S. military reviews cyber priorities

December 4, 2012 - 05:00 PM
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Each branch of the U.S. military will likely encounter a smaller budget next year. The Air Force wants to be ready -- by investing in the right areas.

Amber Corrin, national security correspondent for FCW, discussed U.S. cyber priorities on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

December 3, 2012 - 05:30 PM
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Out political panel breaks down the latest on the fiscal cliff, the gubernatorial race in Virginia, the influence of Grover Norquist, and "white turkey chili."

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VA's 811 Influenza project

December 3, 2012 - 05:00 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 Ann Richardson on Capital Insider.

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The fiscal cliff to impact Virginia

December 3, 2012 - 04:30 PM
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Last week, The Virginia Chamber of Commerce held a summit in Williamsburg. The focus: economic growth. The meeting featured former Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.) Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Wells Fargo Economist Mark Vitner. They remain concerned about the impending fiscal cliff.

Eileen Norcross, with The Mercatus Center, discussed how negotiations in Washington will affect The Commonwealth. Here's her interview with Capital Insider.

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U.S. reviews Syria policy

December 3, 2012 - 04:00 PM
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Officials say the U.S. will recognize Syria's opposition council as a legitimate voice for the Syrian people. The announcement could come on December 12th as more than 70 so-called 'Friends of Syria' meet in Morocco.

J.D. Gordon, executive director of Protect America Today, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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