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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detain undocumented immigrants in dense brushland some 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Brooks County on July 23, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detain undocumented immigrants in dense brushland some 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Brooks County on July 23, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $659 Million

A $659 million border-security and immigration proposal in the Republican-led House was pulled from consideration yesterday after party leaders couldn’t corral enough support to pass it. The legislation, meant to address a surge of undocumented children showing up at the...

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The Internal Revenue Service headquarters stands in Washington, D.C.

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The Internal Revenue Service headquarters stands in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $13.1 Billion

That’s how much the Internal Revenue Service collected in estate taxes in fiscal year 2013. The Republican-led House may vote to repeal the tax before the Nov. 4 election. The House is set to begin a month-long recess after legislative activity today....

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Shoppers are reflected in a mirror during the grand opening of the Hennes & Mauritz AB flagship store in New York on July 17, 2014.

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Shoppers are reflected in a mirror during the grand opening of the Hennes & Mauritz AB flagship store in New York on July 17, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 90.9

The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index rose to 90.9 this month, the highest since October 2007. The index rose from a revised 86.4 in June. “Obviously the 2.5 million jobs the economy racked up in the last year is making...

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Robert "Bob" McDonald, former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co., with a copy of the "Department of Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework" while testifying during a nomination hearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., on July 22, 2014.

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Robert "Bob" McDonald, former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble Co., with a copy of the "Department of Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework" while testifying during a nomination hearing before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., on July 22, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $17 Billion

That’s the cost of a compromise bill that would address problems in the Veterans Administration’s health-care service. The legislation “makes certain that we address the immediate crisis of veterans being forced onto long waiting lines for health care,” Sen. Bernie...

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The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

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The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 45, 37

 Forty-five percent of registered voters who say they plan to vote Republican for Congress in the Nov. 4 election say they’re more enthusiastic about voting than in previous congressional elections, compared with 37 percent of Democratic backers, according to the...

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David Perdue after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, on July 22, 2014.

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David Perdue after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, on July 22, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 30,233

That’s how many broadcast television ads ran in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race through July 21, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG. That’s the second-highest total in any Senate race this year behind North Carolina, where outside groups helped state House Speaker...

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Potential home buyers attend an open house in Seattle on July 20, 2014.

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Potential home buyers attend an open house in Seattle on July 20, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 5.04 Million

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes rose 2.6 percent to a 5.04 million annual rate in June. That’s the highest level in eight months, according to data from the National Association of Realtors. “Historically low interest rates and smaller price...

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President Barack Obama at the White House on July 18, 2014.

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President Barack Obama at the White House on July 18, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 43.2%

President Barack Obama averaged a 43.2 percent approval rating during this year’s second quarter, according to Gallup. That’s one of the president’s worst showings during his 22 quarters in office, and just barely ahead of his average 42.4 percent approval...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $620,366

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s leadership political action committee raised $620,366 in this year’s second quarter. Donors to the Massachusetts Democrat’s PAC for a Level Playing Field included Craig Newmark, founder of the Craigslist website, and Henry Goldberg, founder of real estate...

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Shoppers in New York City.

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Shoppers in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 34.7

A weekly buying-climate gauge rose to 34.7 on a zero-to-100 scale in the week ended July 13. That’s the best reading for the buying-climate sub-index since late April, and the second-strongest since November 2007, according to Langer Research Associates. It...

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