Last Tuesday, presumptive Republican Party Nominee Mitt Romney cleaned house. He won five out of five primaries in the Northeast -- Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Since then, Newt Gingrich announced he plans to drop out, several high profile Republicans jumped on the Romney bandwagon, and the general election campaign started in earnest. Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Ryan Clayton offered analysis on Capital Insider.
Amazon posted first-quarter profits that blew by analysts' estimates. That gave the company's stock a big boost in extended trading. It's Kindle Fire sold like hotcakes and helped the company lift revenue from digital movies and books. Meanwhile, Amazon is locked in a battle with Microsoft over Cloud technology. InfoStreet CEO Siamak Farah offered analysis on Capital Insider.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met with leaders in Brazil this week to praise their emergence as a global power and to strengthen security ties. U.S. Officials have identified the terrorist threat coming out of Africa, to Latin America, as a growing international problem. WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green discussed that and other topics on Capital Insider.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, takes far too long to adopt new standards, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The GAO looked at OSHA regulations issued between 1981 and 2010. They found the agency responsible for workplace safety took 50 percent longer than the Environmental Protection Agency and twice as long as the Transportation Department to adopt new standards. Revae Moran, director of education, workforce, and security issues at the GAO, discussed the study on Capital Insider.
North Korea continues to ramp up the rhetoric against it's southern rival, saying it will conduct "special actions" to reduce South Korea's conservative government to ashes. The United Nations has reacted by warning the North to stop in their tracks. Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer discussed the back-and-forth on Capital Insider.
Pork projects can earn lawmakers big points back home. They can also open them up to a lot of criticism. This year, as tax hawks zero in on the national deficit, pork is making a stealthy comeback. CQ Roll Call's Meredith Shiner discussed the issue on Capital Insider.
A computer hacker turned FBI informant will probably win a get-out-of-jail-free card despite accusations that he impersonated a federal agent. Federal prosecutors revealed that Hector Monsegur helped them build a case against the worldwide hacking group "Anonymous." A Manhattan judge agreed to dismiss the impersonation charge if Monsegur stays out of trouble for six months. Meanwhile, the group that he helped disrupt is still up to their old tricks. This month, a pair of tech companies -- U.S. Telecom and Tech America -- said Anonymous crashed their websites. Both companies support new, controversial cybersecurity legislation. Lt. Col. Cedric Leighton (USAF Ret.) discussed that and other issues on Capital Insider.
It's been a bad couple of weeks in Washington when it comes to scandals -- revelations that Secret Service agents solicited sex from prostitutes in Columbia and lavish spending by the GSA at a conference in Las Vegas. Washington Post Columnist Joe Davidson outlined on Capital Insider how the scandals are affecting federal agencies.
Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Richard Fowler discuss a week littered with government scandal, Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney's aggressive campaign approach, Ted Nugent, and a gridlocked Congress.
This month, a group of hackers that call themselves the UGNazi Collective shut down the New York City and Washington D.C. government websites. The 'hacktivists' did this by launching a denial of service attack -- they overwhelmed government servers with requests, slowed them down, and made the sites impossible to load. UGNazi told the website Softpedia, "The government doesn't care about what we think about. The best place to hit them is there heart." Shawn Henry, former executive assistant director of the FBI's cyber crime branch, discussed that and other issues on Capital Insider.
This week, leaders of the U.S. hydropower industry met with policy makers at the Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the White House. They released the first "snapshot" of where operations stand nationwide. National Hydropower Association Executive Director Linda Church Ciocci discussed the future of her industry on Capital Insider.
Congress just wrapped up three days of hearings on the spending scandal at the General Services Administration. Now, an internal watchdog says tips on a federal hotline have triggered new investigations beyond the roughly $823,000 Las Vegas conference. The scandal, subsequent committee hearings, and political rhetoric are leading to a lot of negative attention for federal employees. Tom Fox, Federal Coach columnist for the Washington Post, offered lessons for federal leaders and managers taken from the pages of the GSA scandal.
American Crossroads GPS, the group co-founded by Karl Rove in 2010, has been fueled by massive donations since it was started, according to newly released tax documents. Politico's Chief Investigative Reporter Ken Vogel finds the fundraising group has turned into the ATM of the right.
Several House committees met on Wednesday to vote on cuts that could be bundled together for a vote next month. Republicans are targeting food stamps, federal employee pensions, tax breaks for illegal immigrants, and health care subsidies in order to preserve funding for the Department of Defense. Starting January 1st, the DOD will lose $55 billion a year. Taxpayers Protection Alliance President David Williams discussed the issue on Capital Insider.
The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee defended the head of Secret Service operations on Tuesday. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) says this is not the time to oust Director Mark Sullivan. Here's what we know: Secret Service officers and Marines met with at least 20 foreign women at a hotel in Columbia last week. The agents were part of a 200-member team in Cartagena doing advance work for a visit by President Obama. Ret. Navy Commander and Fmr. Defense Department Spokesman for the Western Hemisphere J.D. Gordon discussed the investigation on Capital Insider.
The time for procrastination is over. It's tax day -- the deadline for filing federal income tax returns. Taxpayers enjoyed a two-day cushion this year. Washington Post Financial Reporter Ylan Mui told Capital Insider, this year, tax day will also represent the end of the tax advance industry.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden released their 2011 federal income tax returns on Friday, continuing a week of campaigning on the so-called "Buffett Rule." The Obama campaign used the disclosures to blast Republican Primary Frontrunner Mitt Romney by asking, "What does he have to hide?" Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist Erikka Knuti reviewed the week in politics on Capital Insider.
The internet has produced a new savvy brand of consumer. Web sites like "Yelp" and "Angie's List" let shoppers compare brands, read customer reviews, and give feedback of their own. A tech company based in Rockville says it's "working to drive awareness for the need of a site where military members can go to access data on doctors and hospitals." It's a concept that could be worth a lot of money. Creative Computing Solutions, Inc. is one of more than a dozen companies competing for part of the Department of Veterans Affairs' $12 billion T4 program. Senior Director for Technology and Architecture Stu Rabinowitz discussed the concept on Capital Insider.
North Korea's satellite launch ended in failure Friday, and the U.N.'s chief said it was "in direct violation" of Security Council sanctions. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the launch -- which ended with the rocket disintegrating over the Yellow Sea -- a threat to "regional stability." Ret. U.S. Air Force Col. Cedric Leighton offered analysis of the launch on Capital Insider.
Congressional regulations limit most buildings in Washington D.C. to 130 feet. Meanwhile, the population keeps rising and developers want room to build. Opponents argue development would destroy D.C.'s historic beauty -- punctuated by federally protected monuments. Washington Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Reporter Dan Sernovitz offered analysis of the debate on Capital Insider.