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'Homeland Security'

(74) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 10:31 AM

The Trillion-Dollar Concept That No One Can Define

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Imagine a labyrinthine government department so bloated that few have any clear idea of just what its countless pieces do.  Imagine that tens of billions of tax dollars are disappearing into it annually, black hole-style,...

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Washington's Cliff Notes

(5) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 10:05 AM

How to Get Yourself to the Edge of the Fiscal Abyss and Not Jump

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

They don’t call it the "cliff” for nothing.  It’s the fiscal spot where a nation’s representatives can gather and cry doom.  It’s the place -- if Washington is...

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War Pay: The Nearly $1 Trillion National Security Budget

(43) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 1:51 PM

The Nearly $1 Trillion National Security Budget

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

Recent months have seen a flurry of headlines about cuts (often called “threats”) to the U.S. defense budget. Last week, lawmakers in the House of Representatives even passed a bill that was meant...

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How Safe Are You?

(33) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 5:05 PM

What Almost $8 Trillion in National Security Spending Bought You

Cross-posted from TomDispatch.

The killing of Osama Bin Laden did not put cuts in national security spending on the table, but the debt-ceiling debate finally did.  And mild as those projected...

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The Real U.S. National Security Budget: The Figure No One Wants You to See

(128) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 11:57 AM

Crossposted with TomDispatch.com.

What if you went to a restaurant and found it rather pricey? Still, you ordered your meal and, when done, picked up the check only to discover that it was almost twice the menu price.

Welcome to the world of the real U.S. national security...

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Putting the Pentagon on a Budget

(11) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 12:30 PM

Crossposted with TomDispatch.com.

Is that the wake-up smell of coffee wafting through the halls of the Pentagon? After a decade and a half of unparalleled budget growth, top Defense Department officials are finally talking about the possible end of their spending spree. And they’re not alone.

In...

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