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Alternative Fact of the Week: Pentagon accounting for all

Alternative Fact of the Week: Pentagon accounting for all

There’s no disputing that President Donald Trump is the master of the alternative facts — that is, an ability not merely to get vital information dead wrong but to do so with a certain gusto and forcefulness, with made-up corroboration and prevarications, the sum total of which, if replicated by the average American burdened with a conscience, would almost certainly cause him to choke. But once in a while, we must note that the charlatan from Queens is not alone in his craft. There are challengers including, appropriately enough, one from the next borough over.

Last month, a first-ever comprehensive audit of the Pentagon concluded the U.S. Department of Defense’s books are a mess...

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