The government could shut down at the end of the month. Here's why, in gory, horrible detail.
Democrats want to replace the sequester, and boost both domestic and defense spending in the process. Republicans also want defense spending to go up - but want domestic programs to pay for it.
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.
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.
Defense spending is rising by one metric, but another says it's falling fast. What's going on?