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Mark Willen
Senior Political Editor, The Kiplinger Letter
Why Not a Ban on Tax Earmarks, Too?
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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.
November 17, 2010
Obama's Chance To Be a Real Leader
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Obama's Chance To Be a Real Leader

The deficit debate may represent the best opportunity for Obama to rescue his presidency.
November 12, 2010
What the Election Results Mean for You -- and Your Pocketbook
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What the Election Results Mean for You -- and Your Pocketbook

GOP gains in Tuesday’s congressional elections will bring big change. Or will they?
November 8, 2010
Both Sides Misread Election Message
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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.
November 5, 2010
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How the Tea Party May Hurt Business
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How the Tea Party May Hurt Business

They are working for a common goal now, but their interests will likely diverge after Nov. 3.
October 27, 2010
The Mirage of a GOP Mandate
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The Mirage of a GOP Mandate

Count on Republicans claiming a mandate that voters won't give them.
October 19, 2010
Three Cheers for Bailouts
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Three Cheers for Bailouts

Anger is one thing, but emotional judgments made in haste could mean huge problems down the road.
October 15, 2010
Budget Myths Obscure Hard Choices
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Budget Myths Obscure Hard Choices

It’s time for voters to trade their blindfolds for green eyeshades and think more realistically about budget cutting.
October 13, 2010
The Small Business Conundrum
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The Small Business Conundrum

Are we in love with the real thing or just the image?
October 7, 2010
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14 Senate Races You Need to Watch
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14 Senate Races You Need to Watch

These races will decide whether the Senate follows the House in going Republican this fall.
September 30, 2010
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Should Obama Make Nice to Business?
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Should Obama Make Nice to Business?

An accommodation is key to getting the economy moving again.
September 30, 2010
Can the Tea Party Balance the Budget?
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Can the Tea Party Balance the Budget?

The simple answer is no. In fact, the Tea Party is sabotaging its own most important goal.
September 17, 2010
Tests for the Tea Party on Tuesday
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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.
September 13, 2010
Odds Improve for the GOP -- And for Tea Party
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Odds Improve for the GOP -- And for Tea Party

Next year's Congress will be a very different breed of animal.
August 26, 2010
Tax Hikes for Small Business?
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Tax Hikes for Small Business?

Would higher taxes for upper incomers put a damper on small business?
August 24, 2010
Do Americans Hate Muslims?
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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…
August 19, 2010
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Immigration Brings out Worst in All
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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.
August 16, 2010
An Unhappy Birthday for Social Security
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An Unhappy Birthday for Social Security

Those who insist on blocking change to Social Security aren't doing future retirees any favors.
August 12, 2010
Pork Still Works for Most Voters
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Pork Still Works for Most Voters

Public anger at government spending and the rising debt still seems to stop when proposed cuts hit close to home.
August 10, 2010
Blind Faith in Republicans
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Blind Faith in Republicans

Most Americans think a GOP Congress would be better at running the economy, but few can tell you just what that means.
July 28, 2010
Castle No Shoo-in For Delaware Senate Seat
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Castle No Shoo-in For Delaware Senate Seat

Republicans will be making a mistake if they take Joe Biden's old seat for granted.
July 22, 2010
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Obama's "Failed" Presidency
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Obama's "Failed" Presidency

Eighteen months into his first term, pundits and partisans are engaged in a shallow debate over how the president will be judged. They’re missing the …
July 21, 2010
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Are Federal Workers Overpaid?
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Are Federal Workers Overpaid?

Republicans are building the case for a government pay freeze -- and eventually a cut -- as a way to reduce the deficit.
July 19, 2010
Tax Hikes on the Rich: Will Dems Blink?
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Tax Hikes on the Rich: Will Dems Blink?

Don't rule out a one-year extension of all the Bush tax cuts -- even those for high incomers.
July 16, 2010
Debt Panel Begins to Get Serious
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Debt Panel Begins to Get Serious

The outlook is still pretty grim, but setting parameters is an important beginning.
July 2, 2010
Breaking Obama's Vow on Tax Hikes
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Breaking Obama's Vow on Tax Hikes

Democrats move ever so slightly toward the card no one wants to play.
June 29, 2010
A Questionable Excuse on Immigration
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A Questionable Excuse on Immigration

At what point will Americans agree that the U.S. has done all it reasonably can to stop illegal immigration?
June 24, 2010