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WHY IT MATTERS: The US accuses China of trade and monetary practices that hurt American competitors

EDITOR’S NOTE - One in a weekday series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

WHY IT MATTERS: Most people's taxes are expected to go up next year

EDITOR’S NOTE - One in a weekday series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

WHY IT MATTERS: A weekly compilation of condensed versions of Why It Matters

EDITOR’S NOTE - Part of a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

WHY IT MATTERS: Global warming: This year the nation's weather has been hotter and more extreme than most

EDITOR’S NOTE - One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

WHY IT MATTERS: One new justice could change a lot

The issue: With four justices in their seventies, odds are good that whoever is elected president in November will have a chance to fill at least one Supreme Court seat.

WHY IT MATTERS: Wall Street regulation and reform

The issue: The 2008 financial crisis roiled the banking system and swamped the global economy, leaving millions of Americans jobless, underemployed or facing foreclosure.

WHY IT MATTERS: Campaign finance

The issue This presidential election is on track to cost more than $1 billion. It’s a staggering tab, and those who kick in big money to cover it stand to gain outsized influence over policy decisions by whoever wins. Your voice may not be heard as loudly as a result.

WHY IT MATTERS: Afghanistan

EDITOR’S NOTE: One in a series examining issues at stake in the election.

WHY IT MATTERS: The economy

EDITOR’S NOTE — This is the first in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people.

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