The only chart you need on the GDP report

Last quarter's GDP report has been been called "the best-looking contraction in US GDP you’ll ever see." Here's the exact picture it paints.

By Dylan Matthews January 30, 2013

The sequester’s defense cuts aren’t that scary, in one graph

The post-9/11 rise in military spending was larger than the rise during Vietnam and during the Cold War. And even if we implement every single cut in the sequester, the fall in spending would be less than the military experienced after Korea, Vietnam, or the Cold War.

By Ezra Klein November 20, 2012