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First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton responds to a gift of boxer shorts for the President from University of Colorado tri-executive president student Stephanie Ascher, left, in this March 14, 1995 file photo in Boulder, Co.

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First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton responds to a gift of boxer shorts for the President from University of Colorado tri-executive president student Stephanie Ascher, left, in this March 14, 1995 file photo in Boulder, Co.

The Selling of Hillary Clinton: `Aversion to the National Media’

Among the nuggets from a trove of memos released by the Clinton presidential library today is this Aug. 31, 1995, memo from Lisa Caputo, speaking of the best ways of appealing to women’s media and local markets — and noting...

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Tim Draper, managing partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, in Los Angeles.

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Tim Draper, managing partner of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, in Los Angeles.

Silicon Valley Not Only a State of Mind – State of its Own, per Draper

Silicon Valley is known for innovation, for thinking outside the box. It brought us the iPhone. But will it give us six new states? Menlo Park venture capitalist Tim Draper — whose firm bet early on Hotmail, Skype, Tesla, and...

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Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., and his wife Debbie Dingell attend the statue unveiling ceremony for President Gerald Ford in the rotunda of the Capitol.

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Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., and his wife Debbie Dingell attend the statue unveiling ceremony for President Gerald Ford in the rotunda of the Capitol.

Courting Congress: The Clinton Papers

Heir-apparent Debbie Dingell was wielding power in her husband John Dingell’s congressional office in 1993 as the Clinton White House tried to convince the then-chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to support Hillary Rodham Clinton’s healthcare overhaul plan....

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People cross a slushy Park Avenue on Feb. 18, 2014 in New York City.

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People cross a slushy Park Avenue on Feb. 18, 2014 in New York City.

Income Taxes May Mean Economy Hasn’t Taken Much of a Weather Hit

The weather has helped produce some pretty weak readings of economic activity — that much even Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has admitted. Federal tax receipts, however, are showing a picture of stronger growth. Income and payroll tax collection data...

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Ronald "Ron" Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, center, arrives to the U.S. Capitol to vote on the nomination of Janet Yellen as chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2014.

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Ronald "Ron" Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, center, arrives to the U.S. Capitol to vote on the nomination of Janet Yellen as chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2014.

Wyden Seeks Extension of Lapsed Tax Breaks

Ron Wyden, the new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, is eyeing a committee vote this spring to extend lapsed tax breaks, says Lindsey Held, a committee spokeswoman. The Oregon Democrat has made the lapsed breaks, such as the research...

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President Barack Obama embraces students from the Chicago's Youth Guidance program Becoming a Man after delivering remarks about his 'My Brother's Keeper' initiative in the East Room at the White House on Feb. 27, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama embraces students from the Chicago's Youth Guidance program Becoming a Man after delivering remarks about his 'My Brother's Keeper' initiative in the East Room at the White House on Feb. 27, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama: ‘I Got High’

This is hardly the first time that President Barack Obama has spoken of getting high with a little help from his friends. Yet the setting bore a certain poignancy, as the president of the United States cast himself as a...

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Job seekers line up for the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego on Feb. 27, 2014.

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Job seekers line up for the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego on Feb. 27, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 63%

The labor force participation rate of 63 percent in January underscores how the job market has recovered slowly and partially since a deep recession ended in 2009. The labor force participation rate — the share of people who are 16...

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Republican David Jolly, center, Libertarian Lucas Overby, center right, and Democrat Alex Sink, left, debate during a 'Conversation with the Candidates', on Feb. 3, 2014, in Seminole, Fla.

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Republican David Jolly, center, Libertarian Lucas Overby, center right, and Democrat Alex Sink, left, debate during a 'Conversation with the Candidates', on Feb. 3, 2014, in Seminole, Fla.

Florida’s Open Seat: $10 Million-Plus

The price tag for a vacant congressional seat in Florida’s Tampa Bay area? At least $10 million, if we add what the two nominees in the March 11 special election have raised to what their allies already have spent. Democrat...

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