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Daily Archives: January 4, 2013

Representatives from New York and New Jersey, including Peter King, right, speak to the media after a meeting regarding the Sandy aid bill with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner on Jan. 2, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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Representatives from New York and New Jersey, including Peter King, right, speak to the media after a meeting regarding the Sandy aid bill with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner on Jan. 2, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

New York Cash Key for Republicans

New York Rep. Peter King’s initial call for residents of his state to stop writing checks to the National Republican Congressional Committee because of Congress’s delay in Hurricane Sandy relief-funding would pinch in the pocketbook, according to Federal Election Commission...

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A tractor cuts down corn in a field designated as zero yield on a farm in Vigo County near Terre Haute, Indiana.

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A tractor cuts down corn in a field designated as zero yield on a farm in Vigo County near Terre Haute, Indiana.

House Panel Scraps Draft Farm Bill

Written with Derek Wallbank The House Agriculture Committee canceled tentative plans to draft a new farm bill after its top Democrat sought a commitment that the legislation will be considered by the full chamber, according to committee leaders. “There’s going to be no...

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden celebrate on election night,  Nov. 7, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden celebrate on election night, Nov. 7, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

Congress Makes Obama-Biden Re-elections Official

A 22-minute joint session of Congress today certified the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Biden, who led the session as the Senate’s presiding officer, formally announced that he and Obama each received 332 electoral votes,...

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An employee grinds down the metal on an oil tank in Bremen, Ohio.

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An employee grinds down the metal on an oil tank in Bremen, Ohio.

Election-Year Closing: 7.8% Jobless

The election year closed with a jobless rate under 8 percent, a four-year low. The dip below 8 percent just before President Barack Obama’s re-election helped fulfill the White House’s narrative of a reviving economy, albeit a slow recovery. The...

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Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, second left, and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, second right, wave with Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden, left, on the steps of the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 3, 2013.

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Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, second left, and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, second right, wave with Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden, left, on the steps of the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 3, 2013.

Washington Daybook: Election Day

Over? Nothing is over until Congress decides it is. The House and Senate meet in a constitutionally mandated joint session — presided over by Vice President Joe Biden — to count electoral college votes and finally declare President Barack Obama...

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Vice President Joe Biden arrives to a House Democratic caucus meeting at the Capitol on Jan. 1, 2013.

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Vice President Joe Biden arrives to a House Democratic caucus meeting at the Capitol on Jan. 1, 2013.

Biden to Formally Announce His Own Re-Election

The Constitution doesn’t say much about the formal duties of the vice president, though one of the perks is announcing your re-election if you win a second term. Vice President Joe Biden gets to do that today. In his official capacity...

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A customer in a show room in Niles, Illinois.

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A customer in a show room in Niles, Illinois.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 12.9

That’s how much the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose during 2012. The index, which measures Americans’ perceptions of the national economy, their personal finances and the buying climate, was minus 31.8 in the week ended Dec. 30, compared with minus...

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