Archive for October 2013

Middle east diplomacy

October 18, 2013 - 06:35 PM
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Tensions between Israel and Hamas are high after the discovery of hidden tunnels between the Gaza-Israeli border.
The passageways have been nicknamed "terror tunnels" after claims they were built to carry out secret attacks against Israeli citizens.

Col. Douglas Macgregor (U.S. Army, ret.), executive vice president of the Burke-Macgregor Group, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Shutdown Showdown Day 15

October 18, 2013 - 06:11 PM
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Plans for a late night vote were scrapped, Tuesday, after House Speaker John Boehner couldn't gather enough votes. Earlier, Fitch, a global ratings agency, placed the U.S. on a negative watch list, putting more pressure on lawmakers.

Steve Ellis, vice president of the non-partisan Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed the very latest in the shutdown showdown with Capital Insider.

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Privacy and the internet

October 18, 2013 - 06:06 PM
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Google makes billions of dollars each year through web advertising. Now, a new and controversial policy could put Google's users to work.

Hayley Tsukayama, technology reporter for The Washington Post, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Shutdown showdown enters week three

October 15, 2013 - 02:27 PM
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On Monday, lawmakers held another round of talks on Capitol Hill. They hope to reach a deal to fund the government and avert the debt ceiling. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the progress "positive."

Francis Rose, host of "In Depth with Francis Rose", discussed the government shutdown with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

October 14, 2013 - 02:17 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler review the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate the shutdown showdown, cutting U.S. aid to Egypt, and scrapping Michelle Obama's "let's move" stamps.

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An economic perspective on health care reform

October 11, 2013 - 06:36 PM
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The Affordable Care Act debuted to a huge audience, but drew heavy criticism for it's technical glitches. The White House is working around the clock to improve the consumer experience. But what about the long-term financials?

Robert Graboyes, health care economist with the Mercatus Center, discussed the impact of healthcare reform on millenials with Capital Insider.

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The government and information technology

October 11, 2013 - 06:25 PM
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Healthcare.gov has been under heavy scrutiny -- after error messages, blank screens, and log-in delays. Lawmakers are trying to politicize the issue, but analysts say the glitches are a sign of a bigger problem.

Craig Timberg, technology reporter for The Washington Post, discussed government procurement of information technology with Capital Insider.

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Trouble in the Middle East

October 11, 2013 - 03:35 PM
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The U.S. will cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Egypt. The decision was made months after the coup that overthrew the country's first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

Col. Cedric Leighton, president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve

October 11, 2013 - 03:31 PM
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President Obama has tapped Janet Yellen to succeed Ben Bernanke in 2014. Yellen, the current vice chair at the Federal Reserve, has been a strong contender since Bernanke announced he would be leaving.

Neil Irwin, economic columnist with The Washington Post, discussed the challenges Yellen will face (if confirmed) with Capital Insider.

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Online Reputation Management

October 9, 2013 - 02:06 PM
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A local start-up is making it easier for companies to build their online image. The Virginia-based company was created after its founders left public service.

Brian Patterson, partner at Go Fish Digital and former federal contractor, discussed Online Reputation Management and other topics with Capital Insider.

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Earmarks and the Affordable Care Act

October 9, 2013 - 01:58 PM
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House Republicans shut down the federal government in a last-ditch effort to de-fund Obamacare. But our guest, Taxpayers Protection Alliance President David Williams, says the GOP is actually responsible for the bill's creation.

Here's his interview with Capital Insider.

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Federal furloughs and the contracting community

October 8, 2013 - 07:19 PM
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The government shutdown has started to reverberate in the private sector. Lockheed Martin announced a plan to furlough thousands of employees each week until the shutdown ends.

Nick Wakeman, editor-in-chief of Washington Technology, discussed the impact of the shutdown on the contracting community with Capital Insider.

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Politicians cashing in on the government shutdown

October 8, 2013 - 07:18 PM
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Americans are feeling the economic pinch from Wall Street to Main Street, but one group is winning. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are using the government shutdown for political and monetary gain.

Dave Levinthal, senior political reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, discussed that and other topics on Capital Insider.

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Back pay for federal workers

October 8, 2013 - 07:15 PM
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The House voted 407-0 to reimburse federal workers for pay lost during the shutdown. The Senate is expected to approve the measure and President Obama promised to sign it.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

October 7, 2013 - 04:11 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler review the week in politics.

In this installment, they debate the shutdown showdown, the Obamacare roll out, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's message to Iran.

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United nations, winners and losers

October 7, 2013 - 04:07 PM
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The debate portion of the United Nations General Assembly is over. World leaders from 190 countries talked security, development, and human rights.

J.D. Gordon, executive director of Protect America Today, discussed the winners and losers of the conference with Capital Insider.

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The Obamacare rollout

October 7, 2013 - 04:02 PM
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Healthcare exchanges have been operational for nearly a week, but glitches still need to be ironed out. They continue to cause tension on Capitol Hill.

Emily Ethridge, staff writer with CQ Roll Call discussed that and other topics on Capital Insider.

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'Lights, camera, no reaction'

October 3, 2013 - 03:58 PM
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A controversial mini-series on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been dropped by two major networks. The director of the project also backed out, saying he wasn't given enough access.

Rebecca Shabad, staff writer for The Hill, discussed the many issues that plagued the film with Capital Insider.

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Banks behaving badly

October 3, 2013 - 03:53 PM
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Three banks will pay Freddie Mac more than $1 billion in settlements. The mortgage finance giant says the banks misrepresented the quality of home loans sold during the housing boom, which led Freddie Mac to lose billions.

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

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The government shutdown and national security

October 2, 2013 - 04:15 PM
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As many as 800,000 federal employees were furloughed this week, including those working for the defense department. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he's had to assure foreign allies that the U.S. is still a reliable partner.

Col. Douglas MacGregor (U.S. Army, ret.), executive vice president of the Burke-MacGregor Group, discussed that and other topics on Capital Insider.

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