Kenneth R. Bazinet

Kenneth R. Bazinet

Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
As Congress Dawdles, States Take Policy Lead
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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
Budget Deal Won’t Restore Bipartisanship in Washington
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Budget Deal Won’t Restore Bipartisanship in Washington

Much as he might like to, House Speaker John Boehner can’t ignore the tea party.
December 27, 2013
An Overdue Overhaul of U.S. Spy Agencies
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
For Obama, Republicans, a Pause in Partisanship
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For Obama, Republicans, a Pause in Partisanship

The truce won't last, but it will allow some major bills to pass, including immigration reform.
April 8, 2013
Obama, Congress Still Miles Apart on U.S. Budget
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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
Where the Sequester Cuts Will Fall
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Where the Sequester Cuts Will Fall

You can see, dollar-by-dollar, where $85 billion will be sliced out of the Federal budget this year.
March 4, 2013
State of the Union: Obama and GOP Want Compromise, but How Much?
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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?
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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
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Obama's Plan for Averting the Fiscal Cliff

He could pull it off with higher taxes on businesses and the wealthy.
November 15, 2012
7 Priorities for Obama's Second Term
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7 Priorities for Obama's Second Term

Immediate tasks include finding ways to avoid the fiscal cliff and Iranian nukes.
November 7, 2012
A Record Year for Political Ad Spending
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A Record Year for Political Ad Spending

Political campaigns have poured over a billion dollars into local television stations. With three weeks to go until Election Day, you ain't seen nothi…
October 15, 2012
Romney's Foreign Policy Gambit
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Romney's Foreign Policy Gambit

Unrest in the Middle East gives Romney an opening to ding Obama.
October 1, 2012
Hazards Ahead for the Economy
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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?
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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
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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
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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
Romney Must Move Fast to Quiet GOP Critics
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Romney Must Move Fast to Quiet GOP Critics

The Olympics and the summer doldrums leave little time for the candidate to shore up party kingmakers before the Republican convention.
July 17, 2012
The Six States That Will Elect the President in 2012
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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
Obama Tries to Offset So-So Economy with Early Start on Ads
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Obama Tries to Offset So-So Economy with Early Start on Ads

Advisers see Romney's work at Bain as an opening for the president to gain in the 2012 White House race.
May 22, 2012