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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...

Think Unemployment Is Bad In The U.S.?

Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics

U.S. unemployment is considered high at 7.5 percent. But it’s better than the European Union, where jobless rates are at 11 percent. Presiden...

Pension Costs Skyrocket At Pentagon

Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

Paying its contractors’ pension costs means a big bill at the Pentagon Contributing to its contractors’ pension plans is costing the Department...

Behind Americans' $162 Billion Alcohol Tab

Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics

Cheers! Alcohol in America is big business. We spent $162 billion buying beer, wine and liquor in 2011. That's in line with a generally steady incline...

Unemployment Still High, But These Sectors Are Booming

Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics

Unemployment remains historically high, but some sectors are booming. Which are healthiest? Health care added more jobs than any other sector in 2011...

Surprising Number Of U.S. Households Can't Read This At Home

Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

Many of us think of the web as not only our constant companion, but a virtual necessity. But in fact, one in five American households has no ready Int...

It's Not The 1960s Anymore, A Good Thing For Seniors Today

Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics

Older Americans are better off. The median inflation-adjusted income for senior Americans has more than doubled since 1962. Fifty years ago the med...

Another Reason To Stay Out Of The Hospital

Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

The cost of the average American hospital stay nearly doubled from 2000 to 2010 while average stay length declined. The decade was a period of low inf...

U.S. Transportation System Still Running On Oil

Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

America's planes, trains and motor vehicles consume 13.6 million barrels of oil each day. Despite rising interest in alternative fuels, 93 percent of ...

Gender Inequality In Workplace Follows Women Into Retirement

Posted 12.17.2012 | Politics

The average female retiree on Social Security gets a monthly benefit $300 smaller than the average male retiree. Because retirement benefits are tied ...

Green Energy Jobs Still Dwarfed By Dirty Fuel Industry

Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics

With gas prices spiking, energy policy is a big election-year talking point. It might surprise you that renewable energy alternatives generate interes...

The High Cost Of Legit Double-Dipping

Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

Nine million Americans get both Medicare and Medicaid benefits simultaneously. They consume a disproportionate share of program resources. It's per...

Cancer Risks Persist For African-Americans

Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics

Good news: cancer incidence is declining for all Americans. Sobering and perplexing fact: African-Americans are more likely than white Americans to be...

Heavy Strain On Medicare Cornerstone Has Some Worrying

Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

Chances are you see money deducted from every paycheck to fund Medicare. But while the bite may seem big, payroll taxes cover less than 40 percent of ...

Bloated Federal Workforce? Not So Much.

Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics

The federal government employs 600,000 fewer workers today than the average for the past 50 years. In 2011 4.36 million worked for all branches of the...

Millionaires Cashing In On Government Safety Net

Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics

You don't have to need the benefit to qualify: in 2009, 2,362 American millionaires collected unemployment. Nearly one million Americans reporting at ...

Just How Bad Is The Student Loan Debt Problem?

Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

Student loan debt is the only category of consumer debt still rising in post-recession America. It's grown 275% in the last decade to $905 billion, mo...

How Much Could You Be Penalized Under Obamacare?

Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics

Penalties start in 2014 for those failing to purchase health insurance under the new Affordable Care Act. The fines will start as low as $95 per year ...

Why Congress Lacks Easy Control Over Spending

Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics

More than half of all federal spending occurs automatically, without any congressional debate or vote. 55.5% of the federal budget, about $2 trillion,...

Many Americans Inhaling Billions In Tax Hikes

Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics

Slow recovery or not, here's one type of tax many jurisdictions have no fear of raising. State and local cigarette taxes brought in $17.1 billion in 2...

This Skyrocketing Cost Is 'Eating The Defense Department Alive'

Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics

Health care costs for the Department of Defense have nearly tripled in the last decade, from $19 billion in 2001 to $53 billion in 2011. The cost of D...

A Positive Sign For American Households

Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics

One reason for our sluggish recovery from the recession is what Americans are doing with their money: paying off old debt. Total American household de...

Boom Times For Charter Schools

Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics

US children attending charter schools – publicly funded alternative schools run under contract – have more than quadrupled in 10 years. Their numb...

The Doctor Will See You Now...Or Will He?

Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

There are more Medicare doctors, but more of them are limiting their access to Medicare patients. The number of doctors billing Medicare rose 32 perce...

The Best Weapon Is A Well-Trained Mind

Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics

As a whole, the U.S. military is far better educated than the American population it defends. 82.8% of U.S. military officers in 2010 had at least a b...