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A new investigative report by The Washington Post shows that leaders within the Pentagon buried evidence that it was wasting billions over concerns that Congress would make budget cuts.A new investigative report by The Washington Post shows that leaders within the Pentagon buried evidence that it was wasting billions over concerns that Congress would make budget cuts.

An ideology of armed exceptionalism and the entrenched power of the arms lobby are the pillars that uphold the Defense Department's $600 billion annual stranglehold on our tax dollars year after year.An ideology of armed exceptionalism and the entrenched power of the arms lobby are the pillars that uphold the Defense Department's $600 billion annual stranglehold on our tax dollars year after year.

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A coalition of attorneys general representing 49 states and the District of Columbia announced a deal with USA Discounters that requires it to pay $40 million in penalties and wipe out more than $95 million in debt for past customers, many of them service members.A coalition of attorneys general representing 49 states and the District of Columbia announced a deal with USA Discounters that requires it to pay $40 million in penalties and wipe out more than $95 million in debt for past customers, many of them service members.

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But it is "illegal under U.S. and international law to transfer weapons to human rights abusers, or to forces that will likely use it to commit gross violations of human rights," says a representative of a Quaker group.But it is "illegal under U.S. and international law to transfer weapons to human rights abusers, or to forces that will likely use it to commit gross violations of human rights," says a representative of a Quaker group.

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