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Ronald Reagan Would Be Denounced as a Foreign Policy Weakling by Today's GOP Presidential Candidates

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Reagan likely would find the entire discussion a bit, well, "liberal" in the sense of assuming that more dollars spent is the only way to deliver more security.

When Will Republican Candidates Speak Out About Pentagon Waste?

William Hartung | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

The dominant theme of last night's Republican debate was that only a "tough" Republican president who radically increases Pentagon spending can make America safe again. But throwing more money at the Pentagon will not make us safer.

Obama Hints He Might Use Executive Action To Close Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

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Rubio on National Security: A Candidate of the Past

John Bradshaw | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
John Bradshaw

Rubio needs to recognize that today's foreign policy must confront new challenges that are more complicated than those found in paperback novels about the Cold War, and stop trying to chart America's future by looking in the rearview mirror.

U.S. Should Charge to Protect Defense Welfare Clients: Donald Trump Got One Idea Right

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.27.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Washington should stop using the Pentagon as a global welfare agency. The U.S. government at least should charge for its defense services, as Donald Trump has suggested. This is a second best option. But America shouldn't be defending its rich friends for free.

President Obama Vetoes Defense Spending Bill, Tells Congress To 'Do This Right'

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

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Senate Sends President Defense Bill He Opposes

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

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McConnell Admits Republicans Don't Have The Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican efforts to defund family health care provider Planned Parenthood will fall flat in Congress as long a Democrat is in th...

The Republicans Need to Debate Foreign Policy

Ivan Eland | Posted 08.03.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

After the hysteria stirred up by the Islamic State lopping off a few heads in a faraway land, including those of a very small number of Americans, Rep...

Senate Passes Annual Defense Policy Bill, Veto Threatened

Reuters | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

(Updates with final vote total, background.) By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed...

Memorial Day: Last Full Measure of Devotion

Susan Shaer | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Susan Shaer

I adore having three-day weekends. Yet, I wish all school children knew what this day is for. Any family who has lost someone recently in our current endless wars, or still have family who served in Vietnam or Korea who suffer with lasting injuries, both mental and physical -- will honor this day with sadness. We all need to think about that.

Missiles Without a Mission

Scott Ritter | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Scott Ritter

Rather than the force of stability it once was, the Minuteman III has become a destabilizing presence -- any use of the missile, whether against North Korea, Iran or other rogue state or non-state players, would likely trigger a "launch on detect" response from Russia or China (or both).

Accounting for the Pentagon

Washington Spectator | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Washington Spectator

A battle is raging over how much money Americans will sink into the Pentagon next year. At least, that's what it looks like. The Republican Party's deficit hawks have clashed with its defense hawks over another hike in military spending. Obama, meanwhile, has vowed to veto any spending bill that underfunds his domestic priorities.

Taxes for Peace, Please!

Charleta B. Tavares | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Charleta B. Tavares

My constituents, and all Ohioans, work hard to keep roofs over their heads and feed their families. Their hard-earned, finite tax dollars should be prioritized to meet the needs of our community. It is time for Congress to carefully scrutinize how our tax dollars are spent as they craft next year's budget.

Getting Our Pennies in Priority for Tax Day

Susan Shaer | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Susan Shaer

We are what we spend. If we let the Pentagon consume the largest part of our discretionary budget, then we give license to be defined in those terms. We will continue to address global problems with bombs rather than diplomacy. We should not be satisfied with that.

Big Winners and Big Losers in the House and Senate Republican Budgets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Americans Are More Ready Than Ever To Elect A Female President | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

Americans of all parties are more ready for a female president than they were four years ago. In New Hampshire, more Republicans are pro-choice than p...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

A Key Piece Of The House Budget Has Little Support Among Americans | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. prepares to spend billions of dollars fighting extremist groups in the Middle East, there is little consensus among American...

Igor Bobic

Rand Paul Channels His Inner Tom Cotton, Calls For Defense Spending Hike | Igor Bobic | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Most Interesting Man in American politics is quickly becoming anything but. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is expected to announce h...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Divided House GOP Prevents Embarrassment, Passes Budget Boosting Defense Spending | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans narrowly pulled off a risky maneuver Wednesday by passing a budget that will boost defense spending, following a rift ...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Senate Girds For Lengthy Budget Battle Over Obamacare And Defense Spending | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

The Senate on Tuesday kicked off what is likely to be a lengthy funding debate over Senate Republicans' budget blueprint, which aims to boost defense ...

The Big Dick School of American Patriotism

Nan Levinson | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Nan Levinson

The BDSP is based on a bedrock belief in how America should work: that the only strength that really matters is military and that a great country is one with the capacity to beat the bejesus out of everyone else.

The Pentagon Doesn't Need More Money

William Hartung | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

But you would never know it if you listened to the cries coming from key members of Congress and hawkish D.C. think tanks. It is important to note that these substantial proposed increases in Pentagon spending are arbitrary numbers cherry-picked from past Pentagon five-year plans, not careful assessments of current defense needs.

Restoring the Faith With Our Military

Jeremy Hilton | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Jeremy Hilton

In the end, many of us may differ on what the final military pay and benefits package should look like...what I want more than agreement is your involvement. Sitting this one out isn't in yours or our nation's best interest.

Needed: A Bold Left to Defend Government

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We need an active, independent left willing to challenge the push for smaller government. A well-managed government can revitalize the economy even as it makes our world a better place to live. Many Americans seem to understand that instinctively. Where, then, is the movement that will make that argument?