Archive for September 2013

Change coming to the Federal Reserve

September 13, 2013 - 12:10 PM
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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on his way out and it appears President Obama will choose his replacement later this month.

Ylan Mui, financial reporter for The Washington Post, discussed the public relations campaign seeking to influence Obama's decision.

Here's her interview with Capital Insider.

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The push for corporate tax reform

September 11, 2013 - 04:10 PM
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Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) have been working on a tax code overhaul. The question: Will it encompass the corporate tax rate and the individual tax rate? President Obama does not want them combined into one piece of legislation.

David Williams, president of Taxpayers Protection Alliance, discussed the brewing budget battle with Capital Insider.

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Obama seeks diplomatic solution in Syria

September 11, 2013 - 04:05 PM
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In a prime-time address about Syria, President Obama sent dual messages to Bashar al-Assad -- the threat of a military strike and the hope for a diplomatic solution. Meanwhile, the need for Congressional support seems less urgent.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, senior fellow with the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Cybersecurity for public universities

September 10, 2013 - 05:25 PM
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Intellectual property theft costs the United States $250 billion a year, according to NSA Director Keith Alexander. U.S. colleges and universities maintain a lot of that property, but often lack the safeguards to prevent cyber theft.

Kevin McCaney, editor-at-large for GCN, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Questionable campaign contributions

September 10, 2013 - 05:20 PM
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The Federal Election Commission says 2012 GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney has yet to return a seemingly illegal campaign donation from an Egyptian billionaire.

Dave Levinthal, senior political reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, discussed that and other top political headlines with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

September 9, 2013 - 04:10 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler review the week in politics. In this installment, they debate President Obama's effort to shape public opinion on Syria, the Heritage Foundation's advocacy arm, and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) caught playing poker.

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The Navigator Program

September 6, 2013 - 05:15 PM
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On October first, open enrollment begins for state- and federally-run health insurance exchanges. "Navigators" provide education and assistance for Americans who want to sign up.

Emily Ethridge, health care reporter for CQ Roll Call, discussed complaints of navigator intimidation with Capital Insider.

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Russia remains key to resolving Syrian civil war

September 6, 2013 - 05:10 PM
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President Obama experienced a feeling of deja-vu in St. Petersburg Russia on Thursday. At the G-20 Summit, he pressed fellow world leaders to support a U.S. led airstrike on Syria. But once again, Obama ran into opposition from Russia and China.

J.D. Gordon, executive director of Protect America Today, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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Climbing out of poverty

September 5, 2013 - 12:55 PM
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A new study finds that one's ability to climb out of poverty has a lot to do with a familiar business slogan -- location, location, location.

Jim Tankersley, economic policy correspondent for The Washington Post, explained on Capital Insider.

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The proposed health plan from USPS

September 5, 2013 - 12:50 PM
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According to their latest financial report, the United State Postal Service trimmed losses to $740 million over the last three months. They consolidated facilities, cut hours, and reduced other costs. Still, the agency lost nearly $4 billion this year. It's a trend that will continue without help from Congress.

John Dicken, director of health care issues for the Government Accountability Office, discuss the agency's proposed health plan with Capital Insider.

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Lawmakers debate limited strike on Syria

September 4, 2013 - 01:15 PM
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President Obama gained some ground on Tuesday in his push for Congressional backing of a military strike against Syria. After a meeting at the White House, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) expressed his support for a limited strike and encouraged fellow lawmakers to do the same.

Col. Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of the Burke-Macgregor group, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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The Pentagon's place in this fall's budget battle

September 4, 2013 - 01:10 PM
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Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the U.S. will reach its $16.7 trillion borrowing limit in mid-October. Unless Congress acts, a big part of the federal government will shut down and the U.S. will default on its debt obligations.

Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the way forward with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

September 3, 2013 - 04:00 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler review the week in politics. In this installment, they debate U.S. involvement in Syria, executive action on gun control, and the fast food workers' strike.

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