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Lauren Vicary

is the political editor for Bloomberg.com and Political Capital. Previously she was an editor at PoliticsDaily.com and political editor at MSNBC.com.

Valley Appliance employees deliver a Maytag Corp. electric stove to a customer in Princeton, Illinois.

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Valley Appliance employees deliver a Maytag Corp. electric stove to a customer in Princeton, Illinois.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -34.4

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended Nov. 4, the highest rating of the economy in more than four years. The index, produced for Bloomberg by Langer Research Associates, asks people to rate the national economy, the buying climate...

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Democratic supporters celebrate as they watch President Barack Obama give his acceptance speech in Times Square, New York, early on Nov. 7, 2012.

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Democratic supporters celebrate as they watch President Barack Obama give his acceptance speech in Times Square, New York, early on Nov. 7, 2012.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 39

That’s the percentage of white voters President Barack Obama won in Tuesday’s election, down from 43 percent four years ago. In Ohio, the president did a bit better, winning 41 percent. White voters represented 72 percent of the electorate nationally, down...

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Huntington 1A, 2 and 2A precinct voters wait in line on Nov. 6, 2012, at the Huntington County Courthouse in Huntington, Ind.

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Huntington 1A, 2 and 2A precinct voters wait in line on Nov. 6, 2012, at the Huntington County Courthouse in Huntington, Ind.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 162

That’s the vote margin of victory for President Barack Obama  in Vigo County, Indiana, whose voters have predicted the winner of the presidency for more than half a century. With the county seat in Terre Haute, Vigo has been right each and every...

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Sen. Claire McCaskill steps off her campaign bus to speak to the media outside Bayless Elementary School, on Oct. 31, 2012, in St. Louis County, Mo.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill steps off her campaign bus to speak to the media outside Bayless Elementary School, on Oct. 31, 2012, in St. Louis County, Mo.

Senate Races to Watch Tuesday

With Greg Giroux and Emma Fidel President Barack Obama put it succinctly in 2010: the Democrats suffered a “shellacking” in the mid-terms, and he took the blame. Republicans won a net gain of 63 seats in the House, their biggest...

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Shoppers on Fifth Avenue in New York.

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Shoppers on Fifth Avenue in New York.

Consumer Comfort Rises to Highest Level in Six Months

With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index (CCI) continued to rise this week, reaching its highest level in six months. Up 12.8 points in just the past two months, the weekly CCI...

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Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida.

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Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida.

Clint Talks to Camera, Not an Empty Chair, in Ad for Romney

He’s given dozens of memorable performances on film. Plus one now infamous performance talking to an empty chair. Now Clint Eastwood is appearing in an ad supporting Mitt Romney. Scheduled to begin running today in several battleground states including Virginia...

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Congressman Paul Ryan at Oakland University Athletic Center on October 8, 2012 in Rochester, Michigan.

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Congressman Paul Ryan at Oakland University Athletic Center on October 8, 2012 in Rochester, Michigan.

Ryan’s Post-Debate Morning: ‘I Feel Great’

Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is upbeat after last night’s debate in which a pointed Ryan held his ground against an especially forceful Vice President Joe Biden. “I feel great,” the Wisconsin congressmen told reporters as he headed to breakfast...

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Political Capital TV: Barbour Says Romney Must Focus on Obama Failings

Missed Sunday’s sit-down with Haley Barbour? The former Mississippi governor critiqued Mitt Romney‘s presidential campaign, defended his call for Representative Todd Akin to drop out of the Senate race, and predicted Republican victories in Virginia, Montana and North Dakota. Watch that interview...

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Rep. Todd Akin on Sept. 24, 2012 in Kirkwood, Missouri.

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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Rep. Todd Akin on Sept. 24, 2012 in Kirkwood, Missouri.

Akin Endorsed by Santorum, DeMint

First Newt Gingrich. Now Rick Santorum and Jim DeMint. These are the latest high-profile Republicans to put their support behind Missouri Republican Todd Akin. “Todd Akin is a principled conservative who is committed to winning and fighting for freedom in the U.S....

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Delegates from Ohio at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

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Delegates from Ohio at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

Ohio Bellwether Lake County Mirrors Statewide Voting Patterns

No one disputes Ohio is a battleground state, and key for both President Barack Obama’s and challenger Mitt Romney’s path to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House. And if Ohio is the ultimate bellwether state, Lake...

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