Archive for August 2014

A new era at the NSA

August 22, 2014 - 07:20 PM
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The beleaguered agency has been under heavy scrutiny for more than a year. Now, the top brass says the NSA may be down, but not out.

Dan Verton, editorial director for FedScoop, discussed the NSA's plan to overcome the "Snowden era" and the tug-of-war between the VA and DOD with Capital Insider.

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Avoiding mission creep

August 20, 2014 - 02:13 PM
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The Obama administration has celebrated a small victory, after air strikes helped Kurdish fighters gain control of a key dam in Mosul. Now, a new poll shows a majority of Americans approve of the on-going strikes in Iraq, but a growing number are concerned the U.S. may become too involved.

Retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of the Burke Macgregor group, discussed mission creep and the turmoil in Asia with Capital Insider.

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A diplomatic game of chicken

August 18, 2014 - 08:17 PM
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A large Russian aid convoy doesn't want to follow the rules. Ukraine wants them to cross the border at a checkpoint they control, but it's headed for a checkpoint controlled by Russian separatists.

Col. Cedric Leighton, president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed the situation in Ukraine and Putin's behavior with Capital Insider.

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The beleaguered check book of the U.S. Postal Service

August 13, 2014 - 03:00 PM
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Despite increasing volume -- and charging consumers more money to send mail -- the U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion this Spring. The agency blamed higher employee pay, and higher costs for their benefits.

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

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The politics of Iraq

August 12, 2014 - 02:10 PM
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The over-arching question: Did President Obama do enough to stabilize Iraq's fragile democracy?

Tim Starks, staff writer for CQ Roll Call, discussed the issue with Capital Insider.

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New VA bill accused of trampling civil service rights

August 12, 2014 - 02:00 PM
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It will help the agency hire more doctors, nurses, and medical staff. It will also help them open 27 new clinics across the country.

But the bill faces mounting criticism for the way it treats senior executives.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for The Washington Post, explained on Capital Insider.

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That was the week that was

August 11, 2014 - 04:40 PM
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In this installment, they debate President Obama's authorization of airstrikes in Iraq, Sen. Rand Paul's stance on aid to Israel, and Russia's tweet depicting Obama holding a poodle.

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