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The Pentagon’s dark money: Billions of federal dollars are vanishing into thin air

It's not just that its books don't add up. The Department of Defense is actively disguising how it spends its funds

Defense Appropriations Bill Includes $1 Bln for US Icebreaker

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY2017 Defense Appropriations Bill has included $1 billion in funding to accelerate construction of a new polar icebreaker for the U.

It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s Energy Savings for New York!

This summer, EDF Climate Corps – a fellowship program run by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) that embeds trained graduate students in companies, cities, schools, and public institutions across the U.S. to accelerate clean energy projects – will place 33 fellows throughout New York to help meet the ambitious energy goals set by Mayor Bill DeBlasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

"Pickup artist" douche uses copyright to sue Youtube critics, fans raise $100K defense fund

5 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Ewan McGee writes, "Creators of the YouTube channel H3H3 productions are being sued by the creator of the YouTube channel MattHossZone for showing/talking about one of his 'pick up' videos. YouTuber Philip DeFranco talks about the story...Show More Summary

The U.S. Military Budget Is the Work of True Scam Artists

Slush funds, smoke and mirrors, and funny money equal weapons systems galore. Now you see it, now you don’t. Think of it as the Department of Defense’s version of the street con game, three-card monte, or maybe simply as the Pentagon shuffle. Show More Summary

Senator Wants Pentagon Funding to Depend on Releasing 9/11 ‘Truth’

Senator Rand Paul has filed an amendment to the US defense budget that will compel the Senate to declassify 28 classified pages of an investigation into the 9/11 terrorist attacks that was conducted in 2002.

‘Underfunded, Unready’: John McCain Wants $17 Billion More for US Defense

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain is expected to ask for an additional $17 billion in defense funding, via an amendment to the $602 billion 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that arrives on the Senate floor this week.

US Senate Committee Approves $575Bln Defense Appropriation for 2017

The US Senate approved $515.9 billion in base funding and $58.6 billion in overseas contingency funds for the Department of Defense in 2017.

The Pentagon's War on Accountability

Slush Funds, Smoke and Mirrors, and Funny Money Equal Weapons Systems Galore Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Now you see it, now you don’t. Think of it as the Department of Defense’s version of the street con game, three-card monte, or maybe simply as the Pentagon shuffle. Show More Summary

Idaho Has to Cough Up $250K for Its Unconstitutional Ag-Gag Law

Last year, a judge ruled that an Idaho ag-gag law violated the First and 14th Amendments. Now, the state has to shell out $250,000 to pay for legal fees incurred by PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and a number of nonprofits in on the case.

Democrats Vow to Unseat Republicans Who Switched Votes on LGBT Rights

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Democrats are vowing retribution against the Republican congressmen who switched their votes on Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s amendment to a defense spending authorization bill that would have prevented federal funds from going to contractors who… Read The post Democrats Vow to Unseat Republicans Who Switched Votes on LGBT Rights appeared first on Towleroad.

More Funds? Pentagon's Main Problem is It Had 'Too Much Money for Too Long'

Leaders at the Pentagon have long campaigned for increased defense spending, citing imaginary threats from Russia and China as one of the key reasons, but the US military's main problem is that it has grown too accustomed to generous budgets, international relations and security analyst Mark Sleboda told Radio Sputnik.

Money Trouble: German Bundeswehr Can’t Afford New Tanks

The German Bundeswehr is short of funds to buy an advanced tactical missile defense system and an additional number of Leopard-2 tanks, according to an internal Defense Ministry document obtained by the daily newspaper Bild.

Here are the 7 cowardly Republicans who caused Congress to erupt in chaos after flipping their vote on LGBT discrimination

"Shame! Shame!" Democrats in Congress shouted after Republicans bullied LGBT protections out of defense funding

Dems Yell SHAME! As House GOP Votes For LGBT Discrimination

This. Is. Ridiculous. The House of Representatives voted today on an amendment to a Defense funding bill. The bill says that federal contractors cannot discriminate on the basis of religion. The amendment added that federal contractors...Show More Summary

Federal Funds to Fight Sex Trafficking Could Go to Big Abortion Businesses, Say Activists

Pro-life advocates are warning that Senate Republicans have included a provision in the critically important National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that could enable millions of dollars designated to fight sex trafficking to be used to promote or fund abortion.

Douchebag Decree: Oklahoma Rep. Steve Russell

Robyn Pennacchia Late Wednesday night, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act—a huge-ass, 1,299-page appropriations bill that funds the entire military—277-147, with 142 Democrats and five Republicans opposed. Shockingly, the worst thing in this bill is not the absurd amount of money we are spending on the military. Show More Summary

Chaos Erupts in Congress As Republicans Block Measure That Would Protect LGBT Workers

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

In a chaotic floor vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, an amendment to a defense authorization bill that would have blocked funding from anti-LGBT government contractors was rejected after a last minute rally from Republicans. The amendment wa… Read The post Chaos Erupts in Congress As Republicans Block Measure That Would Protect LGBT Workers appeared first on Towleroad.

Hoyer calls out Republicans on House floor for using procedural trickery to target LGBT workers

After House Republicans successfully added a provision targeting LGBT workers for discrimination to the must-pass defense funding bill Wednesday night, they used a shifty procedural move on the House floor Thursday morning to make certain the provision would not be stripped out. Show More Summary

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