White House budget proposes increase to defense spending

The proposal, titled “Efficient, Effective, Accountable: An American Budget,” sets forth President Trump’s priorities as Congress prepares to consider spending bills for the next fiscal year. It would continue to markedly increase military spending and set aside money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The plan also calls for major cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and other social […]

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Is the CIA Getting Out of the Drone Business? There’s Less Than Meets the Eye

I have a feature in this week’s issue of TIME on the way Barack Obama‘s drone war has rapidly shifted from a campaign bragging point to a political headache–not to mention a potential strategic national security problem–and what Congress and the White House might do about it. Now comes one answer: the White House is planning to transfer the CIA‘s […]

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U.S. to beef up missile defense against North Korea, Iran

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is greeted by the family of a soldier as he inspects Jangjae Islet Defence Detachment near South Korea’s Taeyonphyong Island in South Hwanghae province on Thursday, March 7, in a photo from the state-run Korean Central News Agency. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Steps to expand missile defenses will cost $1 billion Defense Secretary Hagel says 14 […]

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Defense Dependency?

This recent essay – America the Third World Nation in Just 4 Easy Steps – describes how our political addiction to the free-trade ideology of neoliberal economics has helped to de-industrialize America and thereby impoverish much of the American middle class. My essay describing the decline of manufacturing employment will give you a sense of the mind-boggling magnitude of what […]

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