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Poverty, Militarism and the Public Schools

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Those who want to perpetuate the military mindset -- that is to say, the servants of the most powerful economic interests in the country -- have to grab the minds of the young, because only in one's youth does militarism resonate with uncontaminated glory.

A 10-Minute Debate on War

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"Look, nuclear should be off the table. But would there be a time when it could be used? Possibly, possibly . . ." This is -- who else? -- Donald Tru...

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The snaking line was more than a mile long. Thousands of us had been waiting for hours in the bitter cold to get into Chicago's Auditorium Theatre to ...

War, Peace and Bernie Sanders

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.03.2016 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

It's the day after the big vote and I'm doing my best to dig Tulsi Gabbard's endorsement of Bernie Sanders out from beneath the pile of Super Tuesday numbers and media declarations of winners and losers.

The U.S. Military 'Pivots' to the World

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Here's my little joke of the month: How do you spell Pentagon? M-O-R-E. Whether it's funny or not, it couldn't be ...

The U.S. Military Suffers from Affluenza

William Astore | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
William Astore

Imagine parents endlessly praising their son as "the smartest, handsomest, most athletically gifted boy since God created Adam." We'd conclude that they were thoroughly obnoxious, if not a bit unhinged. Yet the military remains just this sort of favored son, the country's golden child. And to the golden child go the spoils.

China to Lay off 300,000 Troops -- Bummer for Defense Stocks

Phil Davis | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

OK, well perhaps all Government have their own idiocy but we are clearly the World's idiots with our RIDICULOUS military budget, which is "officially" $711Bn, but that doesn't count the portion of our debt that comes from our Military Adventures and the cost of the interest it takes to service that debt.

A Call to End Child Poverty Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a national moral disgrace that there are 14.7 million poor children and 6.5 million extremely poor children in the United States of America -- the world's largest economy. It is also unnecessary, costly and the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.

Volunteered or Voluntold

Terri Barnes | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics
Terri Barnes

If the decision not to quarantine civilians returning from Ebola-stricken areas is based on science, as the president and the head of the Centers For Disease Control insist it is, why is the federal government willing to pay military members for three weeks of unnecessary confinement, keeping them from essential duties?

Cost Of Military Jet Could House Every Homeless Person In U.S. With $600,000 Home

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact

It's no news that a large portion of our federal tax dollars goes towards defense spending. But your jaw might drop at the cost of the newest jet man...

The New Populist Movement: Organizing to Take Back America.

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Roger Hickey

A new progressive populist movement is rising up in the United States. Inspired by an expansive vision of greater economic opportunity for all Americans, this new movement is also fueled by anger over politicians' broken promises.

U.S. Military Braces For Budget Battles With Congress

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - Top U.S. defense officials are bracing for a brutal season of budget negotiations, w...

Ukraine's Crisis Doesn't Justify Overspending on the Pentagon

William Hartung | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

In fact, the situation in the Ukraine is an example of the limits of military power, not the need for more of it.

The Pentagon's Phony Budget War

Mattea Kramer | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

Despite cries of doom since the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration surfaced in Washington in 2011, the Pentagon has seen few actual reductions, and there is no indication that will change any time soon.

Cheney and Food Stamps

Jeff Danziger | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Defense Secretary Plans To Shrink Army To Pre-WWII Level

The New York Times | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and el...

Rep Says Congress Must Bite The Bullet On Military Budget

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers need to drop parochial interests and make tough decisions about U.S....

The 10 Most Hopeful Stories of 2013 to Inspire Your New Year

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

There was something almost apocalyptic about 2013. But much happened that was hopeful this year -- a new pope focused on inequality, successful minimum wage campaigns spread across the country, and the number of states allowing gay marriage doubled.

Let Them Hear the Rumble! Invest in People, Not War

Ralph Nader | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

As millions of Americans struggle with inadequate health care, low wages, deteriorating public services and uncertainty about their futures as the wage gap between the wealthy elite and the working poor widens, billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars are pouring into the coffers of the Department of Defense every year.

Giant Pentagon Budget Is Unauditable Year After Year

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, curbing the worst excesses of an out-of-control military industrial complex is not a front burner issue for the 40 or so Tea Party Republicans currently stomping their feet in Congress about health care reform.

Obama Signs Bill To Protect Military Pay If Government Shuts Down

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama signed a bill Monday that will protect military pay in the case of any government shutdown. The bill passed the Senate unani...

Budget Showdown Hits Military

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

* Army chief says cuts jeopardize ability to fight a major war * Warnings come as Congress squares off over 2014 spending ...

Beating Swords Into Solar Panels

Mattea Kramer | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

Right now is a rare moment when two pieces of bad news Americans are accustomed to hearing could be converted into one piece of very good news.

This Is How The Pentagon Spends Its $645.7 Billion Annual Budget

Face The Facts USA | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

If Congress and the White House don't strike a deficit-reduction deal, cuts kick into the Pentagon's $645.6 billion annual budget. Here's what that me...

The Massive Government Train Wreck Nobody's Really Talking About

Dan Treadway | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Dan Treadway

What's $1.5 trillion? Well, even if you reduce the figure to take into account inflation, it's enough to cover any estimate of the outstanding student loan debt in America or patch up much of the nation's aging infrastructure.