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Richard Sammon

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The Kiplinger Letter

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SLIDE SHOW
April 2016

8 Amazing New Military Technologies

In light of increasing tensions in global hot spots, U.S. military R&D is gaining more urgency. The U.S. will spend nearly $80 billion this year to create new weapons, armor and related gear, up 5% from ...

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Technology
August 2015

We're Going Back to the Moon

And then Mars. It's a new space race with China.

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SLIDE SHOW
March 2015

8 New Military Technologies to Make a Stronger Warrior

Already the most technologically advanced in the world, the U.S. military continues to develop new technologies for gathering intelligence, attacking enemy positions and defending American lives and interests. Some ...

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Washington Matters
December 2014

Eased Relations With Cuba Will Help U.S. Businesses, Cigar Lovers

Some companies will benefit quickly from Obama’s actions, but ending the Kennedy-era embargo will take at least a decade.

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SLIDE SHOW
June 2014

9 Military Technologies That Will Change Warfare

The technological revolution in modern warfare isn't just about airborne drones silently scouting the battlefield from 30,000 feet. We’ve already looked at some developments in the works, but more technologies ...

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Washington Matters
July 2013

Obamacare Delay Gives GOP New Chance to Fight Health Law

Congress won't repeal the insurance law, but conservatives will score political points by trying.

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SLIDE SHOW
May 2013

10 Ways Uncle Sam Wastes Your Tax Dollars

The federal government is in the midst of implementing the sequester — automatic spending cuts that will save $85 billion this year and more than $100 billion each in future years. But when the watchdogs ...

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Washington Matters
May 2013

Why Sequester Hits Federal Agencies Unevenly

Some programs have wide latitude from Congress to shift funds and avoid furloughs, but many don't.

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Washington Matters
November 2012

Who'll Be in Obama's Second-Term Cabinet

Several key appointments will provide the president with fresh advice.

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Washington Matters
September 2012

What Defense Cuts Will Mean to the U.S.

A leaner military is in the cards, but the force will remain dominant.

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SLIDE SHOW
September 2012

9 Amazing Military Technologies of the Future

The technological revolution in modern warfare isn't just a matter of super-lightweight uniforms, night goggles, and ultra-computerized weaponry. Consider the unmanned aerial vehicles better known as ...

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Washington Matters
September 2012

Tepid Economy Puts Obama on Tough Path to Second Term

In a fight for independent voters, the president can't ignore GOP attacks on his record.

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Economic Outlooks
July 2012

Base Closings Around the Country

Dozens of bases, each interwoven into local economies, are on the cutting block

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Washington Matters
July 2012

Biden's Working-Class Coattails

The VP's biggest job this campaign season is to win blue-collar voters in key states for his boss.

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Washington Matters
June 2012

Arizona Immigration Ruling Means More State Fights

In the absence of a uniform federal policy, fights over state laws will linger for years.

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Washington Matters
May 2012

The Procedural Rule That Keeps the Senate Tied in Knots

No matter who wins the 2012 presidential election, the minority party can thwart his agenda.

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Washington Matters
April 2012

Obama-Romney Race Could Swing on Surprise States

North Carolina, Missouri, Arizona and Wisconsin may be factors in the 2012 presidential race.

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