FROM Mackenzie Eaglen
Amid Stiff Budget Cuts, the Pentagon Gets a Raise As the Senate and Congress decide whether to ratify Friday's budget deal , one department getting an increase is the Pentagon, which spends some 20 percent of America's tax dollars. But critics say it provides both too much and too little of what America needs.
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