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Episode 114: Antitrust the process

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Defense authorization act would boost military spending, but can it be sustained?

Renata Sago Aug 13, 2018
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President Donald Trump speaks to members of the military at Joint Andrews Air Force base, Maryland, on Sept. 15, 2017.
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President Donald Trump heads to upstate New York on Monday to sign one of the largest military budgets in the nation’s history. The $716 billion John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act  pours money into pay, training and equipment maintenance, among other things. But some point out it adds to the fast-rising federal deficit and ask whether this level of military spending can be sustained. 

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