Tag: domestic politics

‘People are upset.’ Will proposed IRA tax changes targeting the rich hurt smaller nest eggs?

Months after a story broke detailing the $5 billion that could come out of Peter Thiel’s retirement account tax-free, new tax proposals are aiming to...

Texas abortion law: Women will have to travel 496 miles on average round trip to get an abortion out-of-state

On Tuesday, Texas’ law which prevents abortions from occurring  after cardiac activity is detectable — around six weeks after conception — went into effect. In...

Student-loan borrowers have had $37 million in wages unfairly garnished, despite COVID-related pause on collections

Borrowers were still having their wages seized over defaulted student debt, months after the government instructed the student-loan industry to pause this activity during the...

The twists, turns and myths of applying for Medicare: How we navigated the enrollment road

In January, my husband Darnay and I started looking at all the things we needed to do financially to get ready for turning 65 later...

Opinion: After spending trillions of dollars on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya, the U.S. has nothing to show for its efforts but blood in the sand

NEW YORK (Project Syndicate)—The magnitude of the United States’ failure in Afghanistan is breathtaking. It is not a failure of Democrats or Republicans, but an...

How college closures affect taxpayers and students: ‘You stole my money and I’m $188,000 in debt and for what?’

Hello and welcome back to MarketWatch’s Extra Credit column, a weekly look at the news through the lens of debt. This week, I wrote about the collapse...

Opinion: A pathway to citizenship could create 400,000 new jobs, but only if Congress acts

Even before the coronavirus crisis, the United States suffered from decades of sluggish economic growth, fueled in part by mounting inequality.  But our past doesn’t...

SNAP benefits will increase to an all-time high — here’s how much more the average family will receive each month

The 42 million Americans who rely on government help to pay for food will see the biggest-ever increase in their benefits starting in October, but...

Opinion: Afghanistan will not define Joe Biden’s presidency

Last month, a Gallup survey asked Americans to name the “most important problem” facing the nation. There was a long list of matters, all of...

What the Afghan government’s collapse might mean for the U.S. stock market

After 20 years in the shadows, the Taliban have returned to power in Afghanistan, raising questions about stability in the Middle East and stoking some...

Apple’s hot antitrust autumn: Storm clouds are forming from multiple directions

A decision in a landmark antitrust legal case could come by the end of the month, but that is far from the only concern bearing...

Opinion: History shows spending on infrastructure doesn’t always end well

Over the past two centuries, federal, state and municipal governments across the U.S. have launched wave after wave of infrastructure projects. They built canals to move...

Nixon reshaped the world economy 50 years ago. Is crypto on the brink of doing the same now?

Is the global economy steering toward a Bretton Woods for the digital-currency age? Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of what has been described as the...

U.S. COVID-19 case tally passes 36 million as more states seek face-mask mandates and plead with unvaccinated to get shots

The U.S. tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passed 36 million on Wednesday, with at least three states gearing up to implement face-mask mandates as...

Taliban Make New Gains in Afghanistan, Putting Kabul in Crisis

KABUL—The Taliban captured the capital of the strategic Samangan province on Monday after a prominent pro-government commander switched sides, nearly completing their sweep of northern...

Belarus’s Lukashenko Tightens His Grip a Year After Disputed Election

MINSK, Belarus—For months after Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko declared himself the victor in presidential elections last year, hundreds of thousands of protesters thronged the streets...

A Gold Mine Takeover Highlights Increasing Mining-Sector Risk

Canada’s Centerra Gold Inc. invested more than $3 billion over nearly three decades to turn a remote gold prospect in Kyrgyzstan into a prosperous gold...

Biden’s latest eviction moratorium aims to protect renters, but also brings ‘new level of uncertainty’

The White House threw another life preserver to renters this week. But many could find themselves still drowning in a sea of legal trouble, despite...

Opinion: Florida or Floriduh? As it battles COVID-19 surge, the Sunshine State proves itself as weirdly defiant as ever.

I spent almost two decades living in Florida, and even I’m hard-pressed to pick the moment that stood out as my weirdest. There was the...

National Flood Insurance Program leaves out communities of color, lower-income Americans, report finds

This story has been updated to reflect that households in National Flood Insurance Program-participating communities do have access to the insurance. Less than 10% of...

Iran Swears In President Ebrahim Raisi as Unease Grows in West

For the first time in years, all branches of power in Iran are under the control of hard-liners after a protégé of the supreme leader...

Mexico Sues Major Gun Makers in U.S. Court

MEXICO CITY—Mexico’s government is suing a group of U.S.-based weapons manufacturers in U.S. federal court, arguing that the companies actively facilitate the trafficking of guns...

White House planning targeted new eviction moratorium: reports

The Biden administration is developing a new eviction moratorium following criticism from liberal lawmakers after a previous ban on evictions was allowed to expire over...

Taliban Commander Who Led Attack on Afghan City Was Released From Prison Last Year, Officials Say

KABUL—The Taliban commander overseeing an assault on the key southern city of Lashkargah is one of 5,000 former prisoners released by the Afghan government last...

EU’s New Weapon in Rule-of-Law Battle With Poland, Hungary: Money

BRUSSELS—The European Union has begun withholding funds from Poland and Hungary, escalating the battle over democratic standards that is deepening the East-West divide in the...