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This Year's October Surprise Will Come in November

Katherine V.W. Stone | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Katherine V.W. Stone

Every four years we hear warnings about an "October surprise" that could upheave the political landscape on the eve of the election. This year, the "surprise" threatens to hit land on November 2: it is the prospect that a million workers could receive a layoff notice on the Friday before the election.

The Half-Trillion Dollar Nuclear Budget

Benjamin Loehrke | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Benjamin Loehrke

Nuclear weapons are becoming increasingly irrelevant for national security. Yet, instead of scaling back the excessively large arsenal, military planners are putting in place programs to "modernize it," essentially locking the United States into several decades of nuclear build-up.

A Victory for Common Sense on Nuclear Weapons

William Hartung | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

As we reshape our military to meet 21st century threats, creating the capacity to build more nuclear weapons doesn't make strategic or economic sense.

Pentagon Spending: Profits and Politics Trump National Security

William Hartung | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

While the president's plan does not go as far as it could or should in scaling back the Pentagon's spending plans, he has drawn a clear distinction between his approach and the one proposed by candidate Romney.

One Of Washington's Most Powerful Groups No Longer Safe

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics

* Budget knife cuts industry clout * Has spent billions to cultivate Congress By Andrea Shalal-Esa and Marcus Stern ...

White House Issues Warning On 'Deeply Destructive' Move

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House report issued Friday warns that $109 billion in across-the-board spending cuts at the start of the new year would be...

Jennifer Bendery

House GOP Votes To Save Defense Funds They Had Voted To Slash | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans on Thursday passed a bill to preserve defense spending in the event that Congress can't reach a budget deal this year ...

Doesn't Gov. Romney Know Where Sequestration Came From?

Scott Lilly | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Romney is correct to call the nation's attention to the sequestration. But his problem in solving the issue is not with President Obama but with the extremists in his own party that created it in the first place.

The Paul Ryan Congress

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Paul Ryan's proposed budget offers no progress, protection or prosperity for Americans. It will not create the jobs Americans so desperately need. Indeed, the Ryan Budget would do irrefutable damage to our country's greatest legacies. There are better ways forward.

Romney Rules Out Defense Budget Cuts

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney vowed not to use the military to help balance the budget in an interview Saturday with a Virginia Beach televisio...

Swollen Military Spending Now Faces Sharp Cuts

Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics

The Pentagon, whose budget has nearly doubled in the past decade to $645.7 billion, may soon face new sequestration-related budget cuts of nearly $50 ...

GOPers Travel To Battleground State To Warn Of Looming Action

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican tour warning of impending military cuts is hitting another presidential battleground state, Nevada. Three members of the...

Hey, Big Spender!

Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics

The United States spends 58 percent of the total defense dollars paid out by the world's top 10 military powers, which combined for $1.19 trillion in ...

Defense Layoffs Fast Becoming Election Issue

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Escalating a small drama that's becoming increasingly politicized, House Republicans have asked the Labor Department to turn over docume...

Congress Takes Long Vacation With A Lot To Do

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The quarrelsome House couldn't even agree on whether to formally adjourn, but that didn't stop Congress from taking five weeks off....

Dems Reject 'Inappropriate' Graham Move

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats rejected a Republican effort to force defense contractors to send out notices of possible job layoffs four days before ...

Patrick Svitek

White House Budget Chief: Don't Send WARN Act Layoff Notices Before 'Fiscal Cliff' | Patrick Svitek | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

The latest chapter in budget cut politics opened Wednesday as the Obama administration's top fiscal guru stood by federal direction that some companie...

Patrick Svitek

Romney Campaign Keeping Obama's Leadership In Spotlight As 'Fiscal Cliff' Looms | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics

One of Mitt Romney's top surrogates in national defense on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to "step up and provide some leadership" on how to ave...

McCain's Road Trip to Nowhere on Pentagon Spending

William Hartung | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics
William Hartung

The old John McCain had an independent streak, bucking his party on issues like campaign finance reform and fighting Pentagon pork. Unfortunately, the old John McCain is fading from view just when the country needs him most.

Obama Promises Vets Their Benefits Won't Be Cut

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

Hoping to allay the concerns of military veterans, President Barack Obama told members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Monday that their Department...

Think Again: Canada Works, America Doesn't

Eric Alterman | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Eric Alterman

Owing largely to the power of money in our politics, the views of mere voters carry virtually no weight in determining representatives' views. What matters is pressure.

Mitt Romney Makes Striking, Costly Pledge

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 07.19.2012 | Politics

In a week when defense industry leaders gathered in Washington to sound the alarm about potential cuts to defense spending, Mitt Romney pledged his su...

With Needed Defense Cuts on the Horizon, Industry Forces Rev Up the Propaganda Machine

Robert Greenwald | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

You know it's a big moment for defenders of the United States' bloated military budget when some of the all-time superstars of the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex descend on Capitol Hill to fight for their perceived right to profit.

Mitt Romney's Military-deficit Complex

Patty Culhane | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Patty Culhane

Mitt Romney has four months left to continue to tell everyone that he wouldn't do either, raise taxes or cut the military. Regardless of the fact that seems to defy basic arithmetic, he might just have the time to make that stick.

Four Spending Myths That Could Wreck Our World

Mattea Kramer | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

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! Each of these claims has grabbed national attention in a big way, sucking up years' worth of precious airtime.