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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...

Military Pension Bill Advances In Senate

AP | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has taken the first step toward approving legislation that restores full cost of living increases to pension benefits f...

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.

Hagel Weighs In On Major Cuts

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday he has ordered 20 percent "across the top" budget cuts for his Pentagon staff an...

The Classic Military Runaround

Nick Turse | Posted 09.07.2013 | Media
Nick Turse

Whether I'm trying to figure out what the U.S. military is doing in Latin America or Africa, Afghanistan or Qatar, the response is remarkably uniform -- obstruction and obfuscation, hurdles and hindrances.

Where Has All the Money Gone?

David Vine | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
David Vine

Contractors are hardly alone in raking in the dollars from the Pentagon's baseworld. Pentagon officials, military personnel, members of Congress, and lobbyists, among others, have all benefited -- financially, politically, and professionally -- from the giant overseas presence.

That's Where the Money Goes

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

There is a direct connection between the massive level of U.S. military spending and belt-tightening austerity at home: most federal discretionary spending goes for war. Aren't there other, better things that Americans could be doing with their money?

Sequester But a Scalpel for Bloated Military Budget

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The fact that government devotes too much to Social Security is no argument for spending too much on the military. With the threat of runaway deficits, debts, and interest payments, the U.S. cannot afford any budget sacred cows.

Is the War on Terror Worth the Price?

Dennis Trainor | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

When one considers how completely out of whack our defense budget is in the post 9/11 age of perpetual war, the cuts will still leave us with a military budget that dwarfs all other countries combined.

Sequester Cuts Could Have Scary Consequences For Troops

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan next year may see their war tours extended because budget cuts will drastically limit training for...

President Obama Must Prepare for the Sequester Squeeze Play

Charles Knight | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Charles Knight

The Republican's main objective is to use the pain of sequester to force Democrats into accepting reductions in social and health security accounts. To achieve this end they are willing to let the Pentagon take a temporary hit and they are confident it will be temporary.