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By: Kevin Rutledge on January 13, 2016
Following Martin O'Malley's answers at the "Putting Families First" Presidential Forum in Des Moines, I asked him the one trillion dollar question on new nuclear weapons. He told me, “I’d like to see us reduce our nuclear arsenal... spend less money on the nuclear deterrence."
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By: Miranda Myers on January 12, 2016

Tweet the moderators of the next #GOPdebate about Governing Under the Influence!

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By: Marlu Abarca on January 8, 2016
GUI Volunteer Marlu Abarca celebrated Rand Paul's Birthday with him and delivered the AFSC white paper The Role of For-Profit Prison Corporations In Shaping U.S. Immigrant Detention & Deportation Policies.
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By: Hector Salamanca Arroyo on January 7, 2016
When asked whether his cabinet would be free of people who made careers out of the revolving door between government service and service to corporate interests, Governor Mike Huckabee stated "To every degree I could."
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By: Kevin Rutledge on January 7, 2016
The Defense Logistics Agency wasted $7 billion on things they didn't need. Senator Marco Rubio said, "We need accountability in every form of government. Whoever mismanaged that money will be fired."
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By: Kevin Rutledge on January 6, 2016
When asked if Hillary Clinton opposes the $1 trillion nuclear weapons plan on a new generation of nuclear weapons systems that will enrich military contractors and set off a new global arms race, she said "Yeah I’ve heard about that. I’m going to look into that.That doesn’t make sense to me."
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By: Kevin Rutledge on January 6, 2016
Gov. Kasich was asked about President Eisenhower's warning of the military-industrial complex and it's excessive influence in politics. After mentioning his work in Congress to reduce B-2 bombers during Cold War and rebuilding military, "But we don’t need to rebuild it by doing things that just put money in somebody’s pocket and I’ve never done that in my lifetime."
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By: Hedrick Smith on January 4, 2016

In this guest blog from Hedrick Smith, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist explains how corporations have used their political influence to preserve loopholes in the tax codes.  "Inversions, promoted by Wall Street banks that pocketed $1 billion in fees, are the newest gimmick in a long-term trend that has eroded America’s corporate tax base," Smith writes.  "Since the 1950s, the corporate share of federal tax revenues has fallen steeply from over 30% to just 10% percent today – thanks, not only to a lower corporate tax rate but to $1.2 trillion in corporate tax loopholes passed by Congress."  See more at ReclaimTheAmericanDream.org.  

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By: Kevin Rutledge on December 31, 2015
Chris Christie War Profiteering in Waukee, IA
Gov. Chris Christie calls for appropriate oversight from the Pentagon when asked how he would assure defense contracting does not become war profiteering. Christie added he doesn't mind people making a profit, but only if it's appropriate profit, and "certainly not profit either on war or on the taxpayers."
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By: Mark Barker on December 21, 2015
Dwight and Mark were able to ask Kasich questions on who profits from war and prisions. Kasich called for a military build-up. We still don't know what he thinks about the immigrant detention quota.
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