Archive for January 2013

Housing market continues rebound

January 17, 2013 - 05:10 PM
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Real estate data firm CoreLogic says average prices in Washington D.C. were up 6.1 percent in November compared to one year ago.

Ingrid Beckles, of the Beckles Collective, discussed that and other housing market indicators on Capital Insider.

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Congress punted, sequestration still looms

January 17, 2013 - 05:05 PM
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the Department of Defense to prepare for a worst-case scenario.

Military officials remain worried that President Obama and Congress will fail to avoid sequestration.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer (U.S. Army, retired) discussed that and other top defense issues on Capital Insider.

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Fiscal cliff round two

January 17, 2013 - 05:00 PM
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A new poll, conducted by the Associated Press and GfK, finds most Americans think jarring economic problems would erupt if lawmakers don't increase the government's debt limit.

The survey also shows Americans are torn over how (or even whether) to raise it.

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

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Redskins 4th most-valuable sports franchise

January 17, 2013 - 04:55 PM
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Some critics of the Washington Redskins' name have called for change. Others argue there are business reasons to keep it.

Neil Irwin, economic columnist at The Washington Post, discussed the franchise on Capital Insider.

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The year of the merger

January 17, 2013 - 04:50 PM
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Nearly a dozen major contracting mergers and acquisitions were completed just before the first of the year.

Nick Wakeman, editor-in-chief of Washington Technology, discussed the trends with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

January 17, 2013 - 04:45 PM
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President Obama selected Jack Lew to replace outgoing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Lew honed his skills in the trenches of fiscal policy and helped forge major deals for the likes of former Speaker Tip O'Neil and President Bill Clinton.

The selection was criticized in some corners because Obama's potential cabinet now includes four white men.

Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discussed that and other issues on Capital Insider.

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Will "Zero Dark Thirty" prompt new protests in the Middle East?

January 11, 2013 - 02:15 PM
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Two former inmates at Guantanamo Bay criticized the Oscar-nominated "Zero Dark Thirty" in London on Tursday. The men -- one from Iraq and one from Libya -- say the film legitimizes abuse.

Col. Cedric Leighton (U.S. Air Force, retired) discussed that claim and other top defense issues on Capital Insider.

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Virginia and Maryland consider new budgets

January 11, 2013 - 02:00 PM
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On Wednesday, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) used his annual "State of the Commonwealth" address, in part, to push his transportation funding plan. Virginia implemented a gas tax 27 years ago. McDonnell wants to eliminate it and raise the state sales tax.

Eileen Norcross, economist and senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center, discussed that and other top tax issues on Capital Insider.

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AIG will not join shareholder suit against Uncle Sam

January 10, 2013 - 03:45 PM
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On Wednesday, American International Group decided against suing the federal government over the $182 billion bailout that saved them from collapse.

The suit, brought by former AIG CEO Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, claims that the terms of the taxpayer-funded bailout were too onerous.

Danielle Douglas, financial reporter for The Washington Post, discussed that and other topics on Capital Insider.

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#ConnectedGov report highlights effective social media campaigns

January 10, 2013 - 03:30 PM
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Grant McLaughlin, a vice president with Booz Allen Hamilton, discussed how federal agencies are using social media to deliver vital services.

Here's his interview on Capital Insider:

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TCS: McDonnell's transportation proposal not fully cooked

January 9, 2013 - 04:30 PM
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wants Virginia lawmakers to eliminate the state gasoline tax and replace it with a sales tax increase.

He pitched the swap -- part of a five-year, $3.1 billion transportation funding plan -- one day before legislators convene the 2013 session.

Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed that and other top tax issues on Capital Insider.

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Brennan to face tough questions about torture, leaks

January 9, 2013 - 04:15 PM
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a member of the Armed Services Committee, called for a delay to John Brennan's confirmation hearing as CIA director. Graham wants the administration to first answer more questions about the deadly September 11th attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Col. Douglas Macgregor (U.S. Army, retired) discussed that and other top defense issues on Capital Insider.

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New FDA regulations could cost businesses $500 billion a year

January 8, 2013 - 03:00 PM
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This month, the Food and Drug Administration proposed sweeping changes aimed a reducing the estimated 3,000 deaths a year from food-borne illnesses.

Francis Rose, host of "In Depth with Francis Rose," discussed that and other issues on Capital Insider.

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FTC closes Google probe, Schmidt visits N. Korea

January 8, 2013 - 02:45 PM
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Google Chairman Eric Schmidt travelled to North Korea on Monday despite protests from the U.S. State Department. Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland criticized the timing of the trip. It comes only weeks after a controversial rocket launch by North Korea.

Craig Timberg, national technology reporter for The Washington Post, discussed that and other Google headlines on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

January 7, 2013 - 02:00 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler offered their perspectives on Superstorm Sandy relief, House Speaker John Boehner's re-election, and Al Jazeera's purchase of Current TV.

Here's their discussion with Capital Insider:

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U.S., Pakistan held different views of Nazir

January 4, 2013 - 02:45 PM
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On Thursday, a U.S. drone strike in the South Waziristan region of Pakistan killed a top Taliban commander. U.S. officials say Maulvi Nazir sent money and fighters to battle coalition forces in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon says -- if true -- Nazir's death would be a significant blow to extremism in Pakistan.

Retired Navy Commander J.D. Gordon discussed that and other defense issues on Capital Insider.

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Obama: The cost of Medicare needs to be addressed

January 4, 2013 - 02:30 PM
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Congress finalized a compromise on the fiscal cliff this week, but the U.S. is still on track for trillion dollar budget deficits. The future looks even bleaker as more baby boomers retire and seek retirement benefits.

Emily Ethridge, health care policy staff writer for CQ Roll Call, discussed the role of Medicare in future budget negotiations.

Here's her interview with Capital Insider:

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Consumer Electronics Show, 2013

January 3, 2013 - 12:45 PM
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The top destination for tech junkies opens next week in Las Vegas.

Hayley Tsukayama, with The Washington Post, previews the Consumer Electronics Show with Capital Insider.

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Conflict in Syria "certainly not winding down"

January 3, 2013 - 12:30 PM
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The United Nations now estimates that more than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria's 21-month civil war. The U.N. human rights chief called the new figures, "truly shocking."

J.J. Green, national security correspondent for WTOP Radio, discussed that and other defense headlines with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

January 1, 2013 - 10:30 AM
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For the Obama administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill, 2012 went out with a bang.

Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Nicole Williams discussed the fiscal cliff, the president's cabinet shuffle, and the future of Sen. John Kerry's seat in Massachusetts.

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