The United States' financial system is broken for all but a few at the top -- that much is plain. But given the complexity and size of Big Finance, it's hard to pin down why.
"You name it, we are buying it," says NYPD Chief Bill Bratton as city purchases $7.5 million in military-style gear.
Marian Wang is a reporter for ProPublica, covering education and college debt. She has been with ProPublica since 2010, first blogging about a variety of accountability issues.