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NYT: Taxing Wealthy and Cutting Pentagon Make Sanders 'Unelectable'

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.04.2015 | Media
Robert Naiman

This is a striking example of how big media like the New York Times can try to enforce their own limits on debate by asserting without evidence that certain ideas and therefore the people who espouse them are not mainstream.

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.

Friday Talking Points -- Is That Your Final Answer, Jeb?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Jeb Bush, in case you haven't heard, spent the entire week coming up with a believable answer to one question After watching Bush twist in the wind this week, we can't help but wonder if the 2016 Republican nomination race is going to closely resemble the 2008 Democratic nomination fight.

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.

Pentagon Budget Outlook: Cloudy With a Chance of Slush

William Hartung | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

It's an open secret that the Pentagon has routinely been using the war budget -- known as the Overseas Contingency Operations account -- as a slush fund to pay for items that don't fit within the caps on its base budget. If a new report is accurate, the House Budget Committee will propose an increase of over $40 billion in the OCO account, bringing the total to an astounding $90 billion.

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.

Put the Pentagon On a Real Budget

William Hartung | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

It's budget season again, which means it's time for another round of budget gimmicks on the part of the Pentagon. The Obama administration's new Pentagon budget proposal exceeds the budget caps established in current law by $34 billion. That's a hefty sum even by Pentagon standards.

Managing the Pentagon in 2015: Challenges for the Next Defense Secretary

David W. Kearn | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Given the uncertain and complex nature of the international security environment and the dysfunctional politics of Washington, the next Secretary faces a truly daunting set of tasks.

Don't Ask the Pentagon Where Its Money Goes. It Won't Tell.

Medea Benjamin | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Every taxpayer, business, and government agency in America is supposed to be able to pass a financial audit by the feds, every year. It's the law, so we do our duty. There's one exception: the Pentagon.

Jennifer Bendery

Why Congress Is Reluctant To Stop The Military Toys Flowing To Local Cops | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The militarized police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, is forcing members of Congress to explain their ongoing support for a...

What's Really Wrong With Pentagon's Proposed Pay Cuts

Sarah Smiley | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Sarah Smiley

Having my sons courted by a recruiter who will tell them about the "great deal" of the military is, in my mind, exposing them to a promise that is quickly becoming an illusion.

House GOP Budget Spares Weapons, Military Benefits

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans spare aircraft, bases and personnel benefits from defense budget cuts by chipping away at money the Pentagon spe...

Taxes: The Debate We're Not Having

Steven Conn | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

If you feel like you are paying too much this year to Uncle Sam, remember. The issue isn't what you are paying, but what those taxes buy you. And until we are willing to tame the $700 billion budgetary gorilla, you won't ever get much value for your hard-earned money.

Get Rid of the Pentagon's Slush Fund

William Hartung | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

President Obama and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel are to be commended for their recent proposal to keep the Pentagon budget within the caps established in law. Unfortunately, there is a danger that the plan will be one step forward, two steps back.

An Unguided Missile to Nowhere

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Mark Pfeifle

MEADS is a case study in how difficult it is to kill any appropriated program, even one that everybody agrees is too expensive, won't be delivered on time -- and won't work even when delivered.

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.

Breaking Out of the Budget Straitjacket

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

The President's annual budget demonstrates whether our values are driving our national choices. Are we going to continue to give extra tax breaks worth billions to hot shots in the finance industry or re-direct tax help to decrease the poverty of more than 13 million workers?

Top Five Things to Know About President Obama's 2015 Budget Proposal

Jo Comerford | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Jo Comerford

The president wants to provide pre-kindergarten to every student and expand the existing Head Start program, which provides early childhood education to low-income families. The budget proposal would dedicate $66 billion over 10 years to this initiative.

Reducing the Defense Budget Would be a Mistake

David Bergstein | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
David Bergstein

In addition to the necessity in having a daunting military to dissuade our enemies from potential attacks, there is a net economical benefit to the country in having a strong and well-funded military.

Hagel Says U.S. Military Must Shrink To Face 'More Volatile' World

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking beyond America's post-9/11 wars, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size ...

Hagel Recommending To Shrink Army

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says that as part of the proposed 2015 defense budget, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel is recommending shrinking the Ar...

Probe Rep. Petri for Pentagon Contractor Conflict of Interest

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Gannet reported that Wisconsin Republican Tom Petri had successfully gone to bat for a Pentagon contractor in which Petri owned hundreds of thousands of dollars of stock, causing the value of Petri's investment in the company to rise, possibly as much as $200,000.

Why the Military Needs to Rebrand Drones

Nathaniel Zelinsky | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Nathaniel Zelinsky

Despite being popular with the military, drones draw inordinate domestic and international criticism, not just because of what they are -- a new tool of war -- but what they evoke: the cultural anxiety of the machine as master.

Who's Afraid of the Military-Industrial Complex?

William Hartung | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

Even before the word sequester came to dominate the budget debate in Washington, there were signs that the military-industrial complex was no longer ten feet tall.