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Tim Wiese, left, helps his father Randy Wiese load a newly purchased Samsung Electronics Co. 60-inch light-emitting diode (LED) television into his vehicle outside a Best Buy Co. store ahead of Black Friday in Peoria, Illinois, on Nov. 28, 2013.

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Tim Wiese, left, helps his father Randy Wiese load a newly purchased Samsung Electronics Co. 60-inch light-emitting diode (LED) television into his vehicle outside a Best Buy Co. store ahead of Black Friday in Peoria, Illinois, on Nov. 28, 2013.

Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday Fight Seen in Retailer Lobbying Files

Black Friday is heralded as the biggest shopping day of the year and the start of the holiday shopping season. In recent years, great deals on the internet on the Monday after Thanksgiving, called Cyber Monday, have been cutting into...

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Customers pick up shopping carts containing Element Electronics 50-inch light-emitting diode (LED) high definition televisions at a Target Corp. store opening ahead of Black Friday in Chicago on Nov. 28, 2013.

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Customers pick up shopping carts containing Element Electronics 50-inch light-emitting diode (LED) high definition televisions at a Target Corp. store opening ahead of Black Friday in Chicago on Nov. 28, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -33.7

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended Nov. 24. It fell from minus 34.6 the previous week to reach its strongest reading in seven weeks, according to Langer Research Associates, which produces the index. “Confidence among U.S....

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President Barack Obama hands out onions at the Washington Area Food Bank in Washington, DC, on Nov. 27, 2013, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday with First Lady Michelle Obama, his daughter Sasha.

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President Barack Obama hands out onions at the Washington Area Food Bank in Washington, DC, on Nov. 27, 2013, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday with First Lady Michelle Obama, his daughter Sasha.

Obama Family Marks Thanksgiving by Helping at Food Bank

President Barack Obama and his family packed and helped distribute bags of food at a Washington charity, continuing what has become a regular part of their Thanksgiving holiday. Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters took part today...

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A customer looks at a F-150 pickup at a Ford dealership on September 4, 2013 in North Miami, Florida.

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A customer looks at a F-150 pickup at a Ford dealership on September 4, 2013 in North Miami, Florida.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 7

That’s how many former auto dealers are serving in Congress. The seven are all Republicans in the House of Representatives, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association. They are Vern Buchanan of Florida, John Campbell of California, Mike Kelly and...

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Democratic Senator Cory Booker, left, of New Jersey, fist bumps Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, following the passage of the Employment Non Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Nov. 7, 2013.

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Democratic Senator Cory Booker, left, of New Jersey, fist bumps Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, following the passage of the Employment Non Discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Nov. 7, 2013.

Vegetarian Booker Gives Turkey-Brining Advice

He will replace your ruined breakfast. He will intervene on vexing commutes in the city where he is no longer mayor. He will tell you how to prepare the Thanksgiving turkey — and yet! — the man doesn’t even eat...

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Secretary of State John Kerry walk alongside U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, as he arrives in Israel for a private meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Nov. 8, 2013.

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Secretary of State John Kerry walk alongside U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, as he arrives in Israel for a private meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Nov. 8, 2013.

Some in Pro-Israel Community Support Iran Agreement

While most of the pro-Israel community engages in watchful waiting to see whether Iran lives up to the agreement negotiated with the U.S. and its allies, J Street is already lobbying for support for the deal on Capitol Hill. “We...

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New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner in Harlem on September 10, 2013 in New York City.

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New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner in Harlem on September 10, 2013 in New York City.

FEC Approves Request to Alert on Political Refunds

It may be too late for Anthony Weiner supporters, but the Federal Election Commission is making it easier for donors to hold political candidates accountable. The FEC ruled by a 5-1 vote last week that political donors’ data can now...

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Democratic Va. Attorney General candidate Mark Herring speaks with reporters about the vote count in his election during a election night party in Tysons Corner, Va., on Nov. 6, 2013.

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Democratic Va. Attorney General candidate Mark Herring speaks with reporters about the vote count in his election during a election night party in Tysons Corner, Va., on Nov. 6, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 165

That’s the current margin of victory for Democrat Mark Herring in the Virginia attorney general’s election held Nov. 5. Herring, a state senator, had 1,103,777 votes to 1,103,612 votes for Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain, according to a certified count...

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Samuel Alito, right, Associated Justice of the Supreme Court, with Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero.

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Samuel Alito, right, Associated Justice of the Supreme Court, with Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero.

Alito Talks Lasagna at Italian Ambassador’s Estate

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito stepped out Friday night for a concert and dinner party at Villa Firenze, the estate of Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero. Musicians from the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society performed a Vivaldi sonata using 17th century Stradivari instruments. Alito said he once...

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