Kenneth R. Bazinet

Kenneth R. Bazinet

Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
As Congress Dawdles, States Take Policy Lead
Politics

As Congress Dawdles, States Take Policy Lead

Minimum wage, same-sex marriage, pension reform, marijuana and food safety are on the agenda in state capitals.
March 11, 2014
An Overdue Overhaul of U.S. Spy Agencies
Politics

An Overdue Overhaul of U.S. Spy Agencies

Recent leaks about Uncle Sam’s Big Brother tactics will spur the first major reforms in four decades.
December 9, 2013
Flying Air Force One: A Firsthand Account
Politics

Flying Air Force One: A Firsthand Account

Our intrepid White House reporter tells what it’s like to travel aloft with presidents.
October 25, 2013
What the Next Air Force One Will Be Like
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Technology

What the Next Air Force One Will Be Like

It’ll come with plenty of new bells and whistles, but -- no -- no escape pod.
October 25, 2013
Why Washington’s Fiscal Follies Will Continue
Politics

Why Washington’s Fiscal Follies Will Continue

Deal or not, the next fight between Congress and the White House is just weeks away.
October 11, 2013
A Federal Shutdown Won't Derail Obamacare
Politics

A Federal Shutdown Won't Derail Obamacare

Closing down the government is a feel-good stunt for the far right that will end up wasting taxpayer dollars.
October 1, 2013
A Tipping Point in the Privacy vs. Security Battle
Politics

A Tipping Point in the Privacy vs. Security Battle

Amid concerns that the NSA overstepped its bounds, Congress eyes surveillance limits.
August 26, 2013
Small Business to Get Some Relief from Sequester
business

Small Business to Get Some Relief from Sequester

Congress will make some changes to help contractors and vendors, but a big fix won’t come before the 2014 elections.
May 29, 2013
Federal Budget Cuts Will Bring State Tax Hikes
Economic Forecasts

Federal Budget Cuts Will Bring State Tax Hikes

Why biking, drinking, smoking and winning the lottery will cost you more in some locales.
May 14, 2013
Sequester Delayed Reward in Boston Bombing Case
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Politics

Sequester Delayed Reward in Boston Bombing Case

The FBI decided to issue descriptions of the marathon bombing suspects without waiting for the expenditure to be reviewed.
April 24, 2013
Obama, Congress Still Miles Apart on U.S. Budget
Politics

Obama, Congress Still Miles Apart on U.S. Budget

Washington's fight over taxes, entitlements and spending cuts will spill into another year.
March 26, 2013
State of the Union: Obama and GOP Want Compromise, but How Much?
Politics

State of the Union: Obama and GOP Want Compromise, but How Much?

President Obama jockeys for position ahead of the March 1 deadline that will trigger the start of $1.2 trillion in cuts to domestic and defense progra…
February 13, 2013
Without DeMint, Is the Tea Party Weaker?
Politics

Without DeMint, Is the Tea Party Weaker?

Mainstream Republicans are breathing easier as the South Carolina senator steps down.
December 7, 2012
Obama's Plan for Averting the Fiscal Cliff
Financial Planning

Obama's Plan for Averting the Fiscal Cliff

He could pull it off with higher taxes on businesses and the wealthy.
November 15, 2012
Hazards Ahead for the Economy
Economic Forecasts

Hazards Ahead for the Economy

An economy growing only slowly is especially vulnerable to shocks. And the coming months are chock-full of potential storms.
September 24, 2012
Is Mitt Romney Ready to Ride Out the Storm?
Politics

Is Mitt Romney Ready to Ride Out the Storm?

The Tampa convention should give the GOP nominee a bounce, if his message is heard.
August 24, 2012
Congress Fiddles as Cyberattacks Intensify
Politics

Congress Fiddles as Cyberattacks Intensify

Firms are opposed to costly new laws. But they might have the most to lose.
August 9, 2012
Why Political Conventions Still Matter
Politics

Why Political Conventions Still Matter

Important business will go down in Tampa and Charlotte. You just won’t be able to see it.
July 30, 2012
The Six States That Will Elect the President in 2012
Politics

The Six States That Will Elect the President in 2012

The list of key states is much shorter this year, leaving Obama and Romney little room for blunders.
June 14, 2012
Why Obama Will Wipe Out Tax Breaks for the Wealthy
Politics

Why Obama Will Wipe Out Tax Breaks for the Wealthy

At some point, the president has to appease his base, and there's little the GOP can offer him in exchange for backing down.
February 21, 2012
Why Obama and Romney Are Fighting So Soon
Politics

Why Obama and Romney Are Fighting So Soon

Both candidates for the White House see early engagement as a chance to move poll numbers and frame the fall debate.
January 17, 2012