Stories by Mattea Kramer

Mattea Kramer is a research analyst at the National Priorities Project. She co-wrote the soon-to-be-published book A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget, and co-hosts weekly two-minute Budget Brief videos on YouTube. subscribe to Mattea Kramer's feed

Posted on: May 23, 2017, Source: TomDispatch

Activists aim to "make hate unprofitable."

Posted on: Apr 11, 2017, Source: TomDispatch

Putting Trump in perspective by going abroad.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2016, Source: TomDispatch

A trip to Mombasa reveals why.

Posted on: Mar 3, 2016, Source: Tom Dispatch

Promoting the American Way of War in Campaign 2016

Posted on: Oct 19, 2015, Source: TomDispatch

Arming various rebel factions against Assad is going to provoke even more chaos.

Posted on: Mar 7, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

How the U.S. military avoided budget cuts, lied about doing so, then asked for billions more.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

"Essential" is a relative term.

Posted on: Sep 24, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

Converting military contracts into green energy contracts would make redirecting wasteful military spending more politically feasible,

Posted on: May 21, 2013, Source: TomDispatch

The impact of sequester down the line.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

Listen up lawmakers. Doing what's right also happens to be doing what's popular.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2013, Source: TomDispatch

After ten years, no one can define it or explain where all those billions of dollars went.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2012, Source:

The upshot? The U.S. economy isn't headed over a cliff any time soon.

Posted on: Sep 30, 2012, Source: TomDispatch

Here’s a brief guide to what you won’t hear in the presidential and vice-presidential debates this month. Think of these as five hard truths that will determine the future of this country.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2012, Source:

We must ditch these myths and move on to the truly urgent business of a nation that is indeed on the edge.

Posted on: May 22, 2012, Source:

If you've heard a number for how much the U.S. spends on the military, it's probably in the neighborhood of $530 billion. But that's merely the beginning of it.