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Perry Talking Point Distorts Facts | Eugene Kiely, with Lauren Shapiro | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

The Following post first appeared on Rick Perry says the U.S. is at risk because “our spending on defense has declined 21 percent ...

Deputy Defense Secretary: 'End This Madness'

Reuters | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

(Adds quotes, background) By David Alexander WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work o...

McConnell Enlists Defense Contractors To Beat Back GOP Primary Foes

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recently delivered a direct pitch to one of America's top defense contractors: Get off the sidelin...

Sam Stein

State's Republicans Are Beginning To Loathe Sequestration | Sam Stein | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics

Midway through Wednesday's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on cyber security, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) turned the conversation to the budge...

Where Has All the Money Gone?

David Vine | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
David Vine

Contractors are hardly alone in raking in the dollars from the Pentagon's baseworld. Pentagon officials, military personnel, members of Congress, and lobbyists, among others, have all benefited -- financially, politically, and professionally -- from the giant overseas presence.

Of Hubris and Humility

Christopher Holshek | Posted 06.05.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Humility is an act of strength, not a sign of weakness, because it reflects confidence in the future more than a fear enslaved by the past. Isn't that, after all, what America should be most about? And if humility was good enough for Jesus, as the Pope is helping us to remember, then shouldn't it also be good enough for us?

Making the Argument for Entrepreneurial Approaches to National Security

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Aberman

The current budget discussion regarding defense spending (as manifest in sequestration) does not differentiate R&D and innovation as a priority item.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Pennsylvania District Protests Toll Of Sequestration Cuts | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

As most congressional lawmakers spend Easter recess hosting town halls and fundraising, Rep. Matthew Cartwright (D-Pa.) plans to highlight the impact ...

John McCain Predicts 'Real Backlash' Over Sequester

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said Thursday evening in an interview that even though the sequester has gone into effect he will continue to work to revers...

Ben Hallman

Sequester Threatens To Push Federal Contractors Onto Government Assistance | Ben Hallman | Posted 02.28.2013 | Business

In other circumstances, Darrell See could well find himself unemployed and dependent upon the government for his sustenance. A Navy veteran, he suffer...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Sequester Defense Cuts Feared By Contractors After Year Of Campaign Fawning | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the 2012 campaign, politicians paid plenty of attention to defense contractors. They toured parts of the country that rely on the...

Killing With Sound: What Happens When the Whales Stop Singing?

Brenda Peterson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Green
Brenda Peterson

For whales, such as the great blue, who can communicate over thousands of miles, such sonic stress affects reproduction and communication so much that some whales simply stop vocalizing. What happens to our oceans when the whales stop singing?

Pentagon To Lay Out Massive Furlough Plans To Handle Sequester

Reuters | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics

* Up to 800,000 civilian workers face 22 days unpaid leave * Notification to Congress required 45 days in advance * Prom...

Sequester State Of Play: Real Negotiation Won't Happen Until It Hits

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 02.15.2013 | Politics

High level sources on Capitol Hill expect the sequester to happen at this point. Some leading Republicans have said this. But Hill aides also say ...

Setback Could Cause Pentagon To Cut Forces

Reuters | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

By David Alexander RAMSTEIN AIR FORCE BASE, Germany, Feb 9 (Reuters) - The Pentagon will have to cut the size of U.S. military forces ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

GOP Lawmakers Back Obama On Sequester | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Faced with massive spending cuts that are set to take effect in just over three weeks, two Republican lawmakers said on Tuesday that the...

Leon Panetta Hopes Congress 'Will Do The Right Thing'

Reuters | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday he had directed the U.S. military services to began taking "prudent" s...

A Progressive Second Term? (II) Possibilities

David Coates | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics
David Coates

This country desperately needs a progressive tidal wave in November 2014, and you don't get tidal waves without first creating the headwind that drives them. It is time for that driving to begin.

The Tuition Tax Hike We Barely Missed

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.02.2013 | College

The final agreement to avoid certain tax increases and spending cuts passed both houses of Congress late Tuesday, staving off several measures that wo...

What Fiscal Crisis? Obama's $8 Trillion Defense Budget

David Callahan | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics
David Callahan

Hardly anyone in Washington is challenging the ongoing bloat in the U.S. security sector. To its enormous credit, the Simpson-Bowles Commission proposed serious cuts to security spending -- $1.3 trillion over a decade. Yet that recommendation was quickly forgotten, even by the Commission's many boosters.

Dave Jamieson

Dem Stands By Threat To Go 'Over' Fiscal Cliff | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With legislators focused on looming cuts to defense spending and entitlement programs, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) told a gathering of p...

The Fiscal Rift

Jim Worth | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Jim Worth

It has become a clash of ideologies between one that caused the fiscal nightmare we've found ourselves facing -- one that wants to see the economy fail to regain political power -- and one that's attempting to continue the slow recovery and battling to overcome the intransigence.

A Fiscal Cliff Compromise?

Daniel Simon | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics
Daniel Simon

The fiscal cliff is quickly approaching and unlike what Americans were hearing for the previous four years, it looks as though Congress and the presid...

Why the Grand Bargain Is One-Sided and Totally Unfair

Cenk Uygur | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

First of all, let's establish that no one in Washington actually cares about balancing the budget. If they did, they would love this so-called Fiscal Cliff. The Grand Bargain is a Grand Lie. Anyone who argues for it is either a fool or a charlatan.

Heart Disease, Cancer or Terrorist Attacks: What's Killing More of Your Friends and Family?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.30.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

So here is my suggestion. Why don't we allocate our tax dollars in a more reasonable and cost-effective manner to address the real threats facing each and every person in America?