Archive for category Stories to Share July 2014

Dark money and the IRS

July 18, 2014 - 01:27 PM
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The IRS's Non-Profit Division is responsible for making sure organizations are following tax laws. However, after the Tea Party targeting schedule it is hard to say if the agency is efficiently regulating the amount of dark money pouring into campaigns.

Dave Levinthal, senior political reporter for the Center of Public Integrity, gave Capital Insider insight into the situation.

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Unrest around the world

July 18, 2014 - 01:20 PM
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Just four months after a Malaysia Airlines plane disappeared, one of their jets was shot down over Ukraine killing all 298 passengers on board. Ukraine suspects Russia, but who is really to blame?

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, a CIA trained senior intelligence officer and Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy research, discussed that and Israel's ground incursion in the Gaza Strip with Capital Insider.

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An update on the housing market

July 17, 2014 - 01:34 PM
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The new home builder confidence number is up four points from last month, leading many to wonder what this means for the housing industry.

Dr. Lisa Sturtevant, director of the Center for Housing Policy at the National Housing Conference, discussed that and Janet Yellen's concern for the housing market with Capital Insider.

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Rising tensions between Israel and Hamas

July 17, 2014 - 01:26 PM
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Hamas and Israel have been fighting each other for decades. In this conflict alone over 200 Palestinians have been killed, leading the U.S. to urge restraint in Israel.

JD Gordon, retired Navy Commander and executive director of Protect America Today, discussed that and unrest in Venezuela with Capital Insider.

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The cost of immigration

July 17, 2014 - 01:22 PM
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Democrats and Republicans both agree immigration reform is necessary with a crisis at our border, but the right does not approve of Obama's plan to give almost $4 billion to combat the crisis.

David Williams, president of the non-partisan Taxpayers Protective Alliance discussed that and troubles facing the Export Import Bank with Capital Insider.

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Israel's air strikes against Hamas

July 17, 2014 - 01:05 PM
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After Hamas rejected a cease fire deal, Israel is continuing air strikes against the organization.

Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, a CIA trained senior intelligence officer and a senior fellow with the London Center For Policy Research, discussed that and continued unrest in Iraq with Capital Insider.

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The future of military technology

July 17, 2014 - 01:00 PM
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The Pentagon is focusing on developing new tech-savvy tools to help our troops meet success in the battlefield.

Kevin McCaney, editor-in-chief of Defense Systems, discussed that and the Navy experimenting with 3D printing with Capital Insider.

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The dangers of working for uncle sam

July 17, 2014 - 12:56 PM
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Within just one week federal employees have been exposed to small pox and cyber attacks.

Joe Davidson, federal diary columnist for the Washington Post, gave Capital Insider insight on the two events.

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That was the week that was

July 17, 2014 - 12:44 PM
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Republican Strategist Jack Burkman and Democratic Strategist LaToya Foster break down the week in politics.

In this installment they discuss immigrants flooding the border, increasing tensions between parties, and Democrats efforts to overturn the recent Hobby Lobby decision.

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Solving fraud through data analysis

July 17, 2014 - 12:35 PM
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The Service to America Medals, or Sammies, honor federal workers who show a commitment to public service and make the agencies they work for stronger.

Sofia Hussain, senior forensic accountant for the Division of Enforcement at the SEC is a finalist for the Call to Service Medal for using innovative technology to solve fraud cases.

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Possible drone strike against ISIS

July 17, 2014 - 12:25 PM
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After a new video surfaced of the leader of ISIS praying at a Mosque in Northern Iraq, the Pentagon may be preparing for a drone strike.

Col. Cedric Leighton, a retired military intelligence officer and president of Cedric Leighton Associates, discussed that and growing tensions between Israel and Hamas with Capital Insider.

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An update on the federal reserve

July 17, 2014 - 12:15 PM
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 With the national unemployment rate falling to 6.1 percent in June, and the Dow reaching a record breaking high investors are wondering if interest rates will rise sooner than expected.

Ylan Mui, financial reporter with the Washington Post, discussed that and the national unemployment rate with Capital Insider.

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Protecting nuclear assets

July 17, 2014 - 12:08 PM
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The National Nuclear Security Administration is in charge of protecting weapons and classified information. However, the GAO found the agency's security reforms could use some improvements.

David Trimble, director of natural resources and the environment at the GAO, discussed that with Capital Insider.

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The Pentagon's slush fund

July 9, 2014 - 02:39 PM
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The Defense Department has requested nearly $60 billion for overseas contingency operations. That's in addition to the nearly $500 billion already requested for fiscal year 2015.

Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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The growing immigration crisis

July 9, 2014 - 02:37 PM
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Tensions are growing along U.S. border cities, as thousands of immigrants flood the system. Now, President Obama has asked for nearly $4 billion to aid in the crisis.

Retired Col. Douglas Macgregor, executive vice president of The Burke-Macgregor Group, discussed that and other issues with Capital Insider

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Cutting costs at the USPS

July 9, 2014 - 02:34 PM
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The postal service has lost more than $20 billion dollars over the past three years. Now, it has launched a new plan to cut back on spending.

Francis Rose, host of "In-Depth with Francis Rose", discussed that and other topics with Capital Insider.

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The biggest threats to the web

July 9, 2014 - 02:31 PM
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A new study looks into the major perils of the internet over the next 20 years. More than 1,000 industry experts agreed cyber attack weren't the number one problem.

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

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The Logistics of War

July 3, 2014 - 02:10 PM
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In 2011, there were more than 100,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. By 2016, President Obama says almost all troops will be withdrawn from the country.

U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Officer Jeff Clement, Afghan veteran and author, discussed that and his book The Lieutenant Don't Know with Capital Insider.

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Cracking Down on Big Banks

July 3, 2014 - 02:03 PM
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BNP Paribas is paying the United States close to $9 billion for illegally processing billions of dollars for clients in Sudan, Iran, and Cuba.

Danielle Douglas, financial reporter for the Washington Post, discussed that and new banking strategies based on Amazon with Capital Insider.

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Cleaning up the VA

July 2, 2014 - 05:14 PM
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Veteran's Affairs is still in need of a lot of help, and it looks like Bob McDonald will have a large task at hand when he takes over as head of the agency.

Joe Davidson, Federal Diary columnist for the Washington Post, discussed that and President Obama's town hall meeting with Capital Insider.

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