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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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People stand in the line to register for insurance under the Affordable Care Act on March 31, 2014 in Miami.

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People stand in the line to register for insurance under the Affordable Care Act on March 31, 2014 in Miami.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 7.1 Million

President Barack Obama said that 7.1 million people signed up for coverage under his health-insurance law. “All told, because of this law, millions of our fellow citizens know the economic security of health insurance who didn’t just a few years...

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An aerial view of homes in Henderson, Nevada.

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An aerial view of homes in Henderson, Nevada.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $4.23 Trillion

Federal Reserve banks had about $4.23 trillion in total assets as of March 26. Most of the Fed’s holdings are in U.S. Treasury securities ($2.31 trillion) or mortgage-backed securities ($1.6 trillion). The Federal Open Market Committee “has kept the benchmark...

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An attendee uses an Apple Inc. iPad to take a photograph of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, as he speaks on screen during a virtual conversation at a featured session at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, on March 10, 2014.

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An attendee uses an Apple Inc. iPad to take a photograph of Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, as he speaks on screen during a virtual conversation at a featured session at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, on March 10, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 215

The National Security Agency collects bulk phone-records data under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act anti-terrorism law. President Barack Obama has proposed a plan for ending the government’s role in holding bulk phone records. Under his administration’s proposal, the...

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People check the price plans for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act as they sit with an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors at a store setup in the Mall of Americas on March 20, 2014 in Miami.

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People check the price plans for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act as they sit with an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors at a store setup in the Mall of Americas on March 20, 2014 in Miami.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 39%

Just 39 percent of those lacking health insurance know about the Affordable Care Act’s March 31 deadline to sign up for medical care. That means six in 10 people don’t know the deadline or think it has already passed or...

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