President Bush's nearly $200-billion, 10-year defense buildup is running athwart the fiscal and political tensions sired by the teetering economy. With the nation just barely skirting a recession, tax receipts are down and the federal surplus is shrinking dramatically. Many in Congress would prefer to jettison some portion of Bush's $330-billion defense request for the new fiscal year, 2002, which starts Oct. 1, rather than court the political risks of tapping into Social Security and ...

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