Archive for February 2013

Obama says proposals will not add to deficit

February 13, 2013 - 04:25 PM
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In his hour-long speech before Congress, President Obama focused on domestic and economic issues. He challenged deeply divided lawmakers to compromise, boost job creation, and strengthen America's middle class.

David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed the speech's tax implications with Capital Insider.

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Federal workers rally ahead of Presidential address

February 12, 2013 - 02:45 PM
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On Tuesday, the nation's largest federal employee union rallied on Capitol Hill. Their concerns include layoffs, furloughs, stagnant pay, and staffing shortages.

Joshua Hicks, federal government reporter for The Washington Post, discussed those issues with Capital Insider.

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Online transparency and federal spending

February 12, 2013 - 02:40 PM
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The Sunlight Foundation just released its annual ClearSpending report. They found agencies mis-reported $1.55 trillion in 2011.

Camille Tuutti, staff writer for FCW, discussed that and other top tech issues on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

February 11, 2013 - 03:35 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler debate the week in politics. They discuss U.S. drone policy, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and President Obama's catch-22 on the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Here's their interview with Capital Insider:

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Brennan hearing highlights U.S. drone policy

February 8, 2013 - 02:15 PM
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CIA Director Designate John Brennan faced some tough questions on Thursday -- many of them about U.S. drone policy. His hearing came just one day after President Obama told the Justice Department to give House and Senate intelligence committees access to a classified document about drone strikes.

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

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When is a cigar just a cigar?

February 8, 2013 - 02:10 PM
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In April, the Food and Drug administration will propose a new rule regulating tobacco products. The cigar industry will be paying close attention.

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

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State of the State for federal contractors

February 7, 2013 - 02:25 PM
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On Tuesday, President Obama asked Congress for a short-term fix to sequestration. If unaltered, it will take effect on March first and result in deep cuts to defense and other areas of federal spending.

Metro-area contractors will be watching negotiations closely.

Jill Aitoro, federal contracting reporter for The Washington Business Journal, discussed the major firms are positioned ahead of a possible sequester.

Here's her interview with Capital Insider:

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The fallout over toxic mortgages continues

February 7, 2013 - 02:20 PM
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This week, the Justice Department filed a civil suit against Standard & Poor's. Officials say the credit rating agency refused to warn investors of a housing market collapse in 2006 because it would be bad for business. They're seeking a $5 billion penalty.

Danielle Douglas, financial reporter for The Washington Post, discussed that and other top business headlines with Capital Insider.

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Does U.S. drone policy violate the 4th Amendment?

February 6, 2013 - 03:55 PM
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An internal Justice Department memo says Obama administration officials have the authority to kill U.S. citizens abroad -- if they believe those citizens are senior Al Qaeda leaders who continually engage in operations aimed at killing Americans.

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

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CBO: Budget deficit will drop to $845 billion

February 6, 2013 - 03:50 PM
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On Tuesday, President Obama asked Congress for a short-term deficit reduction package.

"If Congress can't act immediately on a bigger package -- if they can't get a bigger package done by the time the sequester is scheduled to go in to effect -- then I believe they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging effects of the sequester for a few more months until Congress finds a way," Obama said.

Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the proposal and other top tax topics with Capital Insider.

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FCC pursues more public WiFi

February 5, 2013 - 02:35 PM
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The Federal Communications Commission has designed an ambitious plan that would create super Wi-Fi networks across the country -- networks that Americans could use for free.

Wireless companies, some Republican lawmakers, and others oppose the plan.

Cecilia Kang, national technology reporter for The Washington Post, discussed the proposal with Capital Insider.

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The sequester and federal workers

February 5, 2013 - 02:30 PM
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On Tuesday, President Obama asked Congress for a short-term deficit reduction package of spending cuts and tax revenue. It would delay the effective date of the sequester -- a series of automatic cuts scheduled to kick in on March first.

Francis Rose, host of "In Depth with Francis Rose" on Federal News Radio, discussed sequestration (and its potential impact on the federal workforce) with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

February 4, 2013 - 02:00 PM
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It was another exciting week on Capitol Hill. Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords testified before a Senate hearing on gun control, GOP senators grilled Defense Secretary Nominee Chuck Hagel, and President Obama dissolved his Jobs Council.

Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discussed the week in political headlines with Capital Insider.

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Is Morsi on his way out?

February 1, 2013 - 04:05 PM
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The head of Egypt's armed forces has warned that the country could collapse if feuding political factions fail to come together.

Political violence erupted in Egypt this week and left more than 60 people dead. Now, some hard line Islamist groups have joined the liberal opposition.

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

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Addressing the health care needs of servicewomen

February 1, 2013 - 04:00 PM
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Last week, the Pentagon lifted it's ban on women serving in combat positions. The move opened thousands of front-line roles and possibly elite commando jobs.

But the military still has work to do addressing the health care needs of servicewomen.

Brenda Farrell, director of defense capabilities and management issues at the Government Accountability Office, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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