“You’re wrong, your feelings are wrong, and your opinion is wrong.”

On this week’s Defense Nerds Podcast, Military Times Deputy Editor Leo Shane and Defense News Capitol Hill Bureau Chief Joe Gould talk about the new two-year, $2.7 trillion budget deal that will give the Defense Department a 3 percent raise for fiscal 2020. Not surprisingly, not every lawmaker is happy.

The hosts also look at the rush of defense confirmations to end the congressional summer session, including a new Defense Secretary, a new Joint Chiefs Chairman, and maybe the #2 for both of those jobs.

The reporters also lament the end of the CBS series “The Code” and talk about the worst military mistakes in television history.

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Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism award and the VFW News Media award.

Joe Gould was the senior Pentagon reporter for Defense News, covering the intersection of national security policy, politics and the defense industry. He had previously served as Congress reporter.

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