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Bloomberg by the Numbers

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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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, right, and California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari during an event in San Francisco on June 13, 2014.

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, right, and California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari during an event in San Francisco on June 13, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $100 Million

The Republican Governors Association is positioned to spend $100 million in the final 100 days of the 2014 election. The RGA, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is in a “strong financial position” as it defends Republican-held offices in...

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A retiree attends a Senior Information & Resource Fair in South Gate, California.

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A retiree attends a Senior Information & Resource Fair in South Gate, California.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 26%

Federal spending is projected to rise to 26 percent of gross domestic product in 2039 from 21 percent in 2013, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Increased spending for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, children’s health programs and subsidies for medical...

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The United States Capitol building in Washington D.C.

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The United States Capitol building in Washington D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $850.2 Million

Candidates running for Congress in the 2014 election raised $850.2 million in the 15-month period ended March 31. Click here for a Federal Election Commission summary of campaign receipts and spending by candidates, political action committees (PACs) and national party committees....

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