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Forgiven Student Loan Debt Will Be Tax-Free
Coronavirus and Your Money

Forgiven Student Loan Debt Will Be Tax-Free

President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package lays the groundwork to forgive some student loan debt.
March 11, 2021
Renters: Help Is On The Way
Coronavirus and Your Money

Renters: Help Is On The Way

Renters worried about being evicted from their homes or apartments can breathe a sigh of relief as the new $1.9 trillion stimulus package sets aside m…
March 11, 2021
Update: Biden Administration Extends Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium, Again
Coronavirus and Your Money

Update: Biden Administration Extends Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium, Again

Getting to work right after the inauguration ceremony was over, President Joe Biden included assistance for renters and homeowners among a slew of exe…
February 16, 2021
What the Democrats' Agenda Will Mean for Your Pocketbook
Politics

What the Democrats' Agenda Will Mean for Your Pocketbook

With President Joe Biden in the White House and a narrow Democratic majority in the Senate and House of Representatives, Democrats have a clearer path…
January 30, 2021
What Biden Will Do: 23 Policy Plays to Expect From the Next Administration
Politics

What Biden Will Do: 23 Policy Plays to Expect From the Next Administration

The Kiplinger Letter forecasts President-Elect Joe Biden’s biggest priorities -- and the likelihood of progress on them.
January 19, 2021

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How the GOP Tax Bill May Affect Businesses
Business Costs & Regulation

How the GOP Tax Bill May Affect Businesses

Corporations would enjoy a lower flat tax rate while individual owners of pass-throughs would also see a lower rate, but with more complex terms.
November 6, 2017
Here's an Inside Look at McCain's Economic Advisers
Your Business

Here's an Inside Look at McCain's Economic Advisers

October 4, 2017
The Long Slog in Congress After Comey
Politics

The Long Slog in Congress After Comey

Trump's firing of the FBI director ruffled congressional feathers, but not enough to spur an independent investigation into Russian meddling in the 20…
May 12, 2017
Trump’s Tax Reform Plan Faces Tough Challenges
business

Trump’s Tax Reform Plan Faces Tough Challenges

A one-page outline isn't enough to satisfy a Congress interested in the details — and protecting constituents.
April 27, 2017
What's Next For Health Care, Trump's Agenda?
insurance

What's Next For Health Care, Trump's Agenda?

Don't be surprised if the president's other top priorities get pushed back to 2018 and beyond.
March 24, 2017
What to Expect From Trump's First 100 Days
Politics

What to Expect From Trump's First 100 Days

He’ll score quick wins with executive orders slashing regs. But it will be slower going on undoing Obamacare, tax law, and other legislation.
January 22, 2017
Trump's Agenda and Challenges
business

Trump's Agenda and Challenges

What lies ahead for the President-Elect.
November 12, 2016
E-Mail Blowup Unlikely to Derail Clinton
business

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.
October 31, 2016
Clinton on Track to Win 2016 Presidential Election
Politics

Clinton on Track to Win 2016 Presidential Election

Trump can win the White House, but faces an uphill climb.
September 2, 2016
New Overtime Rules Will Hit Businesses This Year
business

New Overtime Rules Will Hit Businesses This Year

A change in salary threshold will make more workers eligible for extra pay.
August 26, 2016
Bumpy Road Ahead in 2016 Presidential Race
Politics

Bumpy Road Ahead in 2016 Presidential Race

Trump will get a bounce after the Republican convention, but Clinton is poised to regain ground.
July 22, 2016
Nuclear Challenges Loom for Trump or Clinton
business

Nuclear Challenges Loom for Trump or Clinton

No matter who wins the White House, North Korea and Iran will test U.S. policy, diplomacy.
July 22, 2016
Big Changes for Social Security? Don't Hold Your Breath
retirement

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

Proposals from Clinton and Trump will be helpful in shaping reform down the road.
July 20, 2016
Why Trump Will Win the GOP Presidential Nomination
Politics

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.
April 25, 2016
The Far-Reaching Impact of Supreme Court Justice Scalia's Death
Politics

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

What it means for Congress, business cases and the 2016 elections.
February 15, 2016
Boehner’s Resignation Makes Government Shutdown Less Likely – For Now
business

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

Bigger fights over the federal budget are in store amid divided Republicans in Congress.
September 26, 2015
GOP Infighting Complicates Presidential Bid
Politics

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.
August 20, 2015
Obama Regs Helping to Topple Coal Industry
Economic Forecasts

Obama Regs Helping to Topple Coal Industry

Also hurting the once dominant energy source: declining exports.
August 11, 2015
Are Big Changes Coming for Medicare, Social Security?
business

Are Big Changes Coming for Medicare, Social Security?

Republicans will risk political pushback to put entitlement programs on the agenda during the presidential election.
July 1, 2015
What the Marriage Equality Decision Means for Social Security Benefits
business

What the Marriage Equality Decision Means for Social Security Benefits

Retirees in these 13 states will prosper from the Supreme Court ruling.
June 27, 2015