Washington Matters

Keen analysis and fresh reporting on the latest political developments affecting your business – from the editors of the Kiplinger letters.

November 2016

Trump's Agenda and Challenges

What lies ahead for the President-Elect.

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October 28, 2016

E-Mail Blowup Unlikely to Derail Clinton

With millions of ballots already cast, news of renewed FBI interest in Hillary Clinton's e-mails may be too late to change the outcome.

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September 2, 2016

Clinton on Track to Win 2016 Presidential Election

Trump can win the White House, but faces an uphill climb.

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August 26, 2016

New Overtime Rules Will Hit Businesses This Year

A change in salary threshold will make more workers eligible for extra pay.

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July 22, 2016

Bumpy Road Ahead in 2016 Presidential Race

Trump will get a bounce after the Republican convention, but Clinton is poised to regain ground.

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July 22, 2016

Nuclear Challenges Loom for Trump or Clinton

No matter who wins the White House, North Korea and Iran will test U.S. policy, diplomacy.

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July 20, 2016

Big Changes for Social Security? Don't Hold Your Breath

Proposals from Clinton and Trump will be helpful in shaping reform down the road.

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Originally Published April 22, 2016

Why Trump Will Win the GOP Presidential Nomination

Republican leaders worry he will hand the White House to Hillary Clinton, but they waited too long to try to stop him.

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February 15, 2016

The Far-Reaching Impact of Supreme Court Justice Scalia's Death

What it means for Congress, business cases and the 2016 elections.

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Originally published September 25, 2015

Boehner’s Resignation Makes Government Shutdown Less Likely – For Now

Bigger fights over the federal budget are in store amid divided Republicans in Congress.

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August 7, 2015

GOP Infighting Complicates Presidential Bid

Upshot of the first debate: The battle between the pro-business wing and tea partyers is likely to drag on, to the delight of Democrats.

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August 11, 2015

Obama Regs Helping to Topple Coal Industry

Also hurting the once dominant energy source: declining exports.

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June 27, 2015

What the Marriage Equality Decision Means for Social Security Benefits

Retirees in these 13 states will prosper from the Supreme Court ruling.

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June 25, 2015

Health Coverage to Expand in Wake of Supreme Court's Obamacare Ruling

The mandate to provide adequate health insurance will soon include firms with 50 or more full-time employees. The Court’s ruling will also hasten the expansion of Medicaid.

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July 1, 2015

Are Big Changes Coming for Medicare, Social Security?

Republicans will risk political pushback to put entitlement programs on the agenda during the presidential election.

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December 18, 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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November 5, 2014

7 Top Challenges Facing the New Republican Majority

Winning was easy. Now Mitch McConnell and the GOP have to figure out whether to work around or with President Obama.

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