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Mattea Kramer
Mattea Kramer is a politics and culture writer.

Entries by Mattea Kramer

Has Justin Bieber Beaten The Child Star Curse?

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 3:45 PM

For the tens of millions of us who spent years equating the very name Justin Bieber with tweeny dreck and now find ourselves magnetically attracted to his newest music, I’d like to draw attention to his neck tattoo, which says “Patience.” It’s not that I’m big...

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Killing Someone Else's Beloved

(24) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 10:10 AM

Promoting the American Way of War in Campaign 2016 Cross-posted with

The crowd that gathered in an airplane hangar in the desert roared with excitement when the man on stage vowed to murder women and children.

It was just another Donald...

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Putting Out the Syrian Fire

(12) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 11:00 PM

Can Diplomacy Do What War Couldn't?

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As war between President Bashar al-Assad and various rebel forces raged across Syria, as the Obama administration and the CIA armed rebel factions of their liking while continuing an air campaign against the militants of the...

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The Pentagon's Phony Budget War

(11) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 8:33 AM

Or How the U.S. Military Avoided Budget Cuts, Lied About Doing So, Then Asked for Billions More

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Washington is pushing the panic button, claiming austerity is hollowing out our armed forces and our national security is at risk. That was the message Secretary...

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What Was 'Essential' and What Wasn't

(22) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 10:22 AM

The Government Shutdown in Perspective

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On a damp Friday morning 11 days into the government shutdown, a “few dozen” truckers took to the Capital Beltway in a demonstration with the Twitter hashtag #T2SDA (Truckers to Shut Down America).  They wanted to tell lawmakers...

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Beating Swords Into Solar Panels

(70) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 10:36 AM

Re-Purposing America's War Machine

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A trillion dollars.  It's a lot of money.  In a year it could send 127 million college students to school, provide health insurance for 206 million people, or pay the salaries of seven million schoolteachers and seven million police...

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Exposing the Big Money in Tax Breaks

(26) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 1:43 PM

The federal government devotes more than $1 trillion -- that's $1,130,000,000,000 -- to something that gets almost no oversight or debate. What's this trillion-dollar secret project? Tax breaks.

Tax credits, deductions, and exclusions are all different kinds of tax breaks that benefit individuals and corporations alike. And a...

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How America Became a Third World Country

(1660) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 11:48 AM


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The streets are so much darker now, since money for streetlights is rarely available to municipal governments. The national parks began closing down years ago. Some are already being subdivided and sold to the highest bidder. Reports on bridges crumbling or even...

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A Tax Day Plan for Righting the Republic

(82) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 10:14 AM

Just Doing What's Popular Would Make Us Healthier, Wealthier, Wiser, and Less Indebted

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After heroic feats of arithmetic and a your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine interpretation of opaque rules and guidelines, millions of Americans will file their taxes by this Monday, April 15th.

Then there’s the bad...

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'Homeland Security'

(74) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 9:31 AM

The Trillion-Dollar Concept That No One Can Define

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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 | 9:05 AM

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

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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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Tough Talk for America: A Guide to the Presidential Debates You Won't Hear

(40) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 10:00 AM

A Guide to the Presidential Debates You Won’t Hear

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Five big things will decide what this country looks like next year and in the 20 years to follow, but here’s a guarantee for you: you’re not going to hear about them in...

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Four Spending Myths That Could Wreck Our World

(197) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 11:00 AM

How Not to Solve an American Crisis

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We’re at the edge of the cliff of deficit disaster!  National security spending is being, or will soon be, slashed to the bone!  Obamacare will sink the ship of state! 

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War Pay: The Nearly $1 Trillion National Security Budget

(43) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 12:51 PM

The Nearly $1 Trillion National Security Budget

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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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