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Bloomberg by the Numbers: 43.2%

President Barack Obama at the White House on July 18, 2014.

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President Barack Obama at the White House on July 18, 2014.

President Barack Obama averaged a 43.2 percent approval rating during this year’s second quarter, according to Gallup. That’s one of the president’s worst showings during his 22 quarters in office, and just barely ahead of his average 42.4 percent approval...

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Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), is seen inside the capsule on a screen during the unveiling of the Manned Dragon V2 Space Taxi in Hawthorne, California, on May 29, 2014.

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Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), is seen inside the capsule on a screen during the unveiling of the Manned Dragon V2 Space Taxi in Hawthorne, California, on May 29, 2014.

SpaceX Increases Lobbying as It Shoots for the Stars

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., trying to break into the $67.6 billion market for large military and spy satellite launches, boosted its lobbying expenses by 30 percent during the first half of 2014 over a year ago, new Senate...

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden on June 30, 2014.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden on June 30, 2014.

Biden as President: Has What Obama Lacks?

Joe Biden, Barack Obama says, would make a great president. The president then goes on to enumerate all the skills his vice president possesses for the top job, which rings with an awkward accounting of all the political skills and...

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US security personnel and Ukrainian soldiers stand near an armoured personnel carrier (APC) during Vice President's visit at the Boryspil airport in Kiev on April 21, 2014.

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US security personnel and Ukrainian soldiers stand near an armoured personnel carrier (APC) during Vice President's visit at the Boryspil airport in Kiev on April 21, 2014.

Biden: Putin Soulless

Former President George W. Bush famously looked Vladimir Putin in the eyes and saw his soul. He said so. Vice President Joe Biden says he looked into Putin’s eyes and saw nothing. He says he told him so. “I said,...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $620,366

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s leadership political action committee raised $620,366 in this year’s second quarter. Donors to the Massachusetts Democrat’s PAC for a Level Playing Field included Craig Newmark, founder of the Craigslist website, and Henry Goldberg, founder of real estate...

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States, during the presentation of the German translation of her book 'Hard Choices' ('Entscheidungen' in German) at the Staatsoper in the Schiller Theater on July 6, 2014 in Berlin.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton, former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States, during the presentation of the German translation of her book 'Hard Choices' ('Entscheidungen' in German) at the Staatsoper in the Schiller Theater on July 6, 2014 in Berlin.

Hillary Clinton: ‘I Like My Life’

“’It would be wholly personal,” Hillary Clinton says of the possibility of not running for president. “I like my life right now.” First things first, says the grandmother-to-be, who says she wants to try that on for size before deciding...

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Vienna's street cleaners walk by Coburg Palais hotel where US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the bilateral talls on the second straight day of talks over Tehran's nuclear program in Vienna, on July 14, 2014.

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Vienna's street cleaners walk by Coburg Palais hotel where US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the bilateral talls on the second straight day of talks over Tehran's nuclear program in Vienna, on July 14, 2014.

Hotel Vienna: Kerry Goes Marriott, Iranians Palais

In an unexpected twist, after more than two weeks of haggling in Vienna over the finer points of uranium enrichment, Iranian and U.S. diplomats find themselves united against the Europeans. Though they appear to part ways in their tolerance for...

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the Orthodox festival to honor the birthday of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh in the Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius on July 18, 2014, near Moscow.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the Orthodox festival to honor the birthday of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh in the Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius on July 18, 2014, near Moscow.

Putin’s Popularity Peaking

For all the trouble that Russia’s incursion into Ukraine has caused in Europe and the United States, for all the sanctions that European Union and U.S. allies have imposed on Russian business interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin is as popular as...

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