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Seasonal worker Steven Flagg, dressed in a Statue of Liberty costume, holds a sign for a nearby Liberty Tax Service franchise location in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 12, 2014.

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Seasonal worker Steven Flagg, dressed in a Statue of Liberty costume, holds a sign for a nearby Liberty Tax Service franchise location in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 12, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $1,259

    Each U.S. taxpayer would have to pay $1,259 on average to recoup revenue lost to corporations and individuals who use offshore tax havens.  ”The United States loses approximately $184 billion in federal and state revenue each year due...

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Copies of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.

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Copies of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2.8%

    The federal budget deficit will be 2.8 percent of gross domestic product this fiscal year, according to a Congressional Budget Office projection.  That would mark a decline in the deficit from 4.1 percent of the economy in fiscal...

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Employees work on the assembly line installing parts on the Duratech 35 V6 engine at the Ford Motor Co. Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio, U.S. on Friday, March 28, 2014. Ford announced it will invest $500 million to upgrade the plant to support production of the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost designed for 2015 F-150.

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Employees work on the assembly line installing parts on the Duratech 35 V6 engine at the Ford Motor Co. Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio, U.S. on Friday, March 28, 2014. Ford announced it will invest $500 million to upgrade the plant to support production of the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost designed for 2015 F-150.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 74

It took 74 months for U.S. private employment to exceed the pre-recession peak of 116 million in January 2008. Payrolls excluding government agencies rose by 192,000 workers in March, bringing total private employment to 116.1 million, according to the Labor...

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Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $886 Billion

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department spent $886 billion in 2013. That makes HHS the biggest federal department by outlays. The $886 billion accounted for about one-fourth of total federal outlays. Kathleen Sebelius, who leads the department, will resign as...

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An Indian shopkeeper displays a model of an Electronic Voting Machine, used to educate voters about the machine, different political symbols, masks of leaders, and other materials, to political activists at his shop in Kolkata on April 2, 2014.

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An Indian shopkeeper displays a model of an Electronic Voting Machine, used to educate voters about the machine, different political symbols, masks of leaders, and other materials, to political activists at his shop in Kolkata on April 2, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 815 Million

There are about 815 million registered voters in India, the world’s largest democracy, which is holding the world’s biggest election. The parliamentary election in the nation of 1.2 billion people is so large that it’s taking place over a five-week...

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Job seekers speak with representatives at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego, California, on Feb. 27, 2014.

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Job seekers speak with representatives at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego, California, on Feb. 27, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 59

Fifty-nine senators voted yesterday to renew extended unemployment benefits through May. The Senate passed a compromise negotiated by Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed, Nevada Republican Dean Heller and eight other senators from both parties. “The Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which...

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Afghan election commission workers unload ballot boxes at the Independent Election Commission in Kandahar on April 7, 2014.

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Afghan election commission workers unload ballot boxes at the Independent Election Commission in Kandahar on April 7, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 7 Million

More than 7 million voters in Afghanistan cast ballots in the April 5 presidential election, according to the nation’s Independent Election Commission. Eight candidates sought to succeed Hamid Karzai, raising the likelihood of a runoff election. “As many as 12...

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Shoppers at a dealership in New York City.

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Shoppers at a dealership in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -30.1

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index averaged minus 30.1 in the first three months of this year. That’s the strongest first-quarter rating for the consumer sentiment gauge since 2007, before the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression took hold. The...

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Cornell Woolridge rallies against money in politics, at the Supreme Court in Washington, on Oct. 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Cornell Woolridge rallies against money in politics, at the Supreme Court in Washington, on Oct. 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $123,200

The Supreme Court invalidated the two-year aggregate limit on federal campaign contributions, which was $123,200 for the 2013-2014 election cycle. Voting 5-4 along ideological lines, the court yesterday said the caps violated the First Amendment speech rights of Alabama Republican...

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