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MSNBC Reports Defense Cuts, Guest Corrects Record

I should say, I don't think this tendency stems from an intentional malice--it's more of an epiphenomenon rooted in years of being led to believe that the president is obligated to a). increase military spending, and b). do so in a way that preserves or expands all existing Pentagon programs, however wasteful. Anything else computes as a "spending cut".