Fiscal Cliff Facts

Released: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ten Washington programs that mostly benefit poor Americans cost $588 billion in 2012, or one-sixth of all federal spending.

Released: Friday, March 1, 2013

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pentagon spending on defense contractors skyrocketed, totaling $3.3 trillion over the past decade.

Released: Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Federal watchdog agency blames billions in Pentagon waste on overlapping programs.

Released: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Since the recession, revenue-starved states have grown more reliant on federal help, but those funds may now be in danger.

Released: Sunday, February 3, 2013

Automatic, mandatory spending cuts could hammer the Pentagon and some domestic programs, but others will be safe and sound.

Released: Thursday, November 29, 2012

Federal revenue from capital gains taxes fell sharply during the recession, down $100 billion from 2007 to 2009. Rates are set to rise in 2013.

Released: Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The alternative minimum tax – created by Congress to make sure wealthy Americans pay some federal tax – is increasingly hitting middle-income taxpayers.