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Military excess

Breaking news: "Trump says Pentagon Budget Too Big." Follow-up report: "Pentagon Agrees." This unexpected budgetary breakthrough comes because Donald The Dealmaker has failed in his Number One campaign pr... Read more...

US global sprawl: 177 nations wide

"Far-flung" doesn't describe America's war reach. Our military personnel, technology, and taxpayers' money are in so many places that the political and military brass no longer admit how many troops are where, ... Read more...

Trump blasts into a new frontier … for war

Our fearless "leader," who cravenly got his rich daddy to help him dodge actual war during the Vietnam era, is now up on his high horse--in comic Napoleonic pose-- demanding that the Pentagon, Congress, and we taxpayers set up another military bureaucracy for sending future youngsters to war: Space Force.

Trump’s plan to flee Afghanistan

It's over. Dealmaker Donald says he's ended America's long nightmare in Afghanistan, finally halting 18-plus years of grinding war--the longest in US history. After more than 2,400 Americans killed (and another... Read more...

Trump’s border cruelty is a test of our national character

Although deportation injustices have long been a blot on our country's "Give me your tired, your poor" pretensions, Trump has turned immigration policy into a despotic nightmare of presumed guilt, mass incarceration, and what amount to death-sentence deportations. This month's Lowdown reveals how "zero tolerance" violates the rights of immigrants, while undermining our own rights and, in the process, shriveling the basic value of fairness that binds democratic societies together.

Takeaways from the election

Buckle-up friends, it's going to be a hairy ride. Start with Day One for President Trump (gotta get used to saying that). He will need to be up-and-at-'em no later than 12:01 am, for during his campaign he p... Read more...