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April 15, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

IRS Corporate Tax Recovery Suffers After Deep Budget Cuts



Photograph of a Billion Dollars The government might be losing as much as $15 billion each year in unrecovered taxes as the IRS shortens the time it spends auditing large companies, according to a nonprofit that gathers and analyzes government data.

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Topics: Financial Sector

February 11, 2016

By Mandy Smithberger

Pentagon’s 2017 Budget is Mardi Gras for Defense Contractors



Mardigras with Defense Contractors The Department of Defense's proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 continues a tradition of war-spending budget gimmicks and funding over-priced weapon programs like the F-35.

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Topics: National Security

October 26, 2015

By Dan Grazier

President Obama Vetoes the NDAA over Slush Fund



Graphic with the word vetoed on it. President Obama made good on his promise to veto the National Defense Authorization Act, largely because of the use of the Overseas Contingency Operations account as a Pentagon slush fund.

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Topics: National Security

July 13, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Why the NDAA is Much Bigger than Just the Defense Budget



Sen. John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee The annual behemoth defense spending bill has become the method of choice for a lot of elected officials to shuttle unpopular legislation through Congress in near secrecy.

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Topics: Government Accountability

June 29, 2015

By Jacob Marx

Defense Officials Reject Rosy Cost Estimates



Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on nuclear deterrence The Department of Defense says nuclear spending could reach about 7 percent of its budget, exceeding some outside estimates.

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