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Mark Willen

Senior Political Editor
The Kiplinger Letter

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Washington Matters
November 2010

Why Not a Ban on Tax Earmarks, Too?

The good, the bad and the ugly about the GOP’s temporary, nonbinding and limited earmark ban.

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Washington Matters
November 2010

Obama's Chance To Be a Real Leader

The deficit debate may represent the best opportunity for Obama to rescue his presidency.

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Washington Matters
November 2010

Both Sides Misread Election Message

Voters aren’t about to get what they really want from policymakers -- a cooperative effort to help the economy grow.

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Washington Matters
November 2010

What the Election Results Mean for You -- and Your Pocketbook

GOP gains in Tuesday’s congressional elections will bring big change. Or will they?

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Washington Matters
October 2010

How the Tea Party May Hurt Business

They are working for a common goal now, but their interests will likely diverge after Nov. 3.

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Washington Matters
October 2010

The Mirage of a GOP Mandate

Count on Republicans claiming a mandate that voters won't give them.

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Washington Matters
October 2010

Three Cheers for Bailouts

Anger is one thing, but emotional judgments made in haste could mean huge problems down the road.

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Washington Matters
October 2010

Budget Myths Obscure Hard Choices

It’s time for voters to trade their blindfolds for green eyeshades and think more realistically about budget cutting.

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Washington Matters
October 2010

The Small Business Conundrum

Are we in love with the real thing or just the image?

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FORECASTS
October 2010

14 Senate Races You Need to Watch

These races will decide whether the Senate follows the House in going Republican this fall.

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Washington Matters
September 2010

Should Obama Make Nice to Business?

An accommodation is key to getting the economy moving again.

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Washington Matters
September 2010

Can the Tea Party Balance the Budget?

The simple answer is no. In fact, the Tea Party is sabotaging its own most important goal.

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Washington Matters
September 2010

Tests for the Tea Party on Tuesday

Emboldened by its surprise win in Alaska, the Tea Party is looking east as it keeps fighting for control of the GOP.

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Washington Matters
August 2010

Odds Improve for the GOP --
And for Tea Party

Next year's Congress will be a very different breed of animal.

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Washington Matters
August 2010

Tax Hikes for Small Business?

Would higher taxes for upper incomers put a damper on small business?

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Washington Matters
August 2010

Do Americans Hate Muslims?

America was built on the notion of religious freedom; that’s why it’s such an important part of the Constitution. But that principle faces a huge test today.

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Washington Matters
August 2010

Immigration Brings out Worst in All

Will the shrill campaign rhetoric kill chances for a compromise after the election? The U.S. can’t afford to let that happen.

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