The Pentagon is a big spender, but at least it's open about how it spends your tax dollars. Here are five notable items that jumped out at us last month.
April 15 is history. Your taxes are paid, and your government is flush with your hard-earned cash. Now, wouldn't you like to know how they're spending it?
The deficit through the first half of the budget year ran slightly above last year's pace, with the March imbalance up $16 billion over a year ago.
It's not always easy to see how the government is spending your tax dollars. But the Pentagon does a bang up job of showing just how it spends your money.
This year's Tax Freedom Day is April 24, the day when average Americans are no longer working to pay their various tax burdens.
A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.
Federal agencies set a new record for improper payments last year, shelling out $125 billion in questionable benefits after years of declines.
The federal government ran a smaller deficit in February than a year ago but the imbalance for the budget year is still running ahead of last year.
The federal budget deficit will hit $486 billion this year, nearly matching the lowest shortfall of President Obama's term in office, CBO estimates show.
More surprising than what the Pentagon is spending money on is that it is happy to tell you what it bought and how much it cost.
Think Social Security has decades before its money runs out? Benefits for disability recipients and their families could be cut by 19 percent in 2016.
Obama's budget fleshes out proposals from his State of the Union address and highlights Democratic priorities as the 2016 presidential campaign begins.
President Barack Obama's budget will propose spending $74 billion more than current spending caps, an increase of about 7 percent.
Growing opposition among Democrats and persistent opposition from the tea party Republicans has left a $1 trillion government-wide spending bill teetering.
The federal government's deficit for the first two months of the new budget year falls 21 percent from the same period a year ago in November.
Exposed to the light of day, a year-end, $1.1 trillion spending bill draws both vociferous objections from liberals and milder criticism from conservatives.
The government says the deficit for the just completed 2014 budget year was $483 billion, the lowest of President Barack Obama's six years in office.
The federal government's budget deficit has fallen to $486 billion, the smallest pool of red ink of President Barack Obama's six-year span in office.
Construction spending rebounded strongly in July as private construction increased and government outlays surged, in a further sign of vigor in the economy.
The federal government ran a lower deficit this July than a year ago, keeping it on course to record the lowest deficit in six years.
After the 1998 tobacco settlement, some states and territories made terrible Wall Street deals that traded long-term revenue for small initial payments.
Congress repeatedly is unable to agree on long-term funding for the Highway Trust Fund. Americans can't figure out a solution either, a new poll finds.
Thanks to the federal government and its policies of continual quantitative easing, the average American is $2,414.46 poorer than he or she should be.
Swedes happily accept high taxes -- an average of 44% for income, 25% for sales -- as the natural price of a government that looks out for their well-being.
The Congressional Budget Office revises downward its budget-deficit estimate and finds Obamacare will cost considerably less than expected.