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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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An attendee during the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York on April 7, 2014.

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An attendee during the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York on April 7, 2014.

Bitcoin, Pot Ripe for Congressional Action — (Don’t Hold Your Breath)

Bitcoin and marijuana are among the issues on which Congress should provide clarity — though probably won’t this year — Rep. Jared Polis says. “In general, it’s better for Congress to reasonably consider these things and provide a uniform statutory...

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Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, in Washington, D.C.

Brown: Banking Bill Moribund — Boehner ‘Speaker of Tea Party’

Sen. Sherrod Brown, co-sponsor of a bill to prevent any one financial institution from growing so large that it could jeopardize the economy or require another federal bailout, sees little likelihood of anything passing this year — not his plan,...

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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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Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) leave a Senate Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 11, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) leave a Senate Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 11, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Chambliss Leaving ‘Frustrating’ Senate says Boehner Here to Stay

Retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a member of Congress for 20 years and senator for the past 12, says today’s Senate isn’t what he had in mind. “There’s not an awful lot going on in the Senate” right now, the Georgia...

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A U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tank fires live rounds in Pocheon, South Korea.

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A U.S. M1A2 SEP Abrams battle tank fires live rounds in Pocheon, South Korea.

Army Tanking Tanks: General Dynamics Battles for $230 Million

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: Emboldened by last year’s success — when Congress agreed to spend $90 million on upgraded battle tanks the Pentagon didn’t want — General Dynamics Corp. is asking for more. The Falls Church, Virginia-based company, is...

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Governor-elect of Florida Reubin Askew in this Jan. 13, 1971 file photo.

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Governor-elect of Florida Reubin Askew in this Jan. 13, 1971 file photo.

‘Reubin the Good’ is Gone With the Winds of Conscience

They called him “Reubin the Good.” And for whatever intrigue he might have encountered in a legal career enmeshed with big-time banking, the now-deceased onetime governor of Florida will long be remembered for putting the sunshine in the Sunshine State’s...

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Robert Capron and Zachary Gordon in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days."

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Robert Capron and Zachary Gordon in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days."

Harkin Favorite: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ — Says a Mentor Ready for More

What is Sen. Tom Harkin looking forward to most during his upcoming retirement? More time for reading. The Iowa Democrat choked up talking about a children’s reading program close to his heart for 16 years.He received the Pioneer Award from...

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Mandatory vaccinations for school children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and chickenpox .

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Mandatory vaccinations for school children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and chickenpox .

Congress Tables Convention Cash, Offers to Kids’ Health Instead

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: The Senate took a brief time out from partisan sniping to abolish public financing of the quadrennial Republican and Democratic National Conventions and authorize spending the savings for pediatric medical research. Senate Republican Leader Mitch...

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Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.

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Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.

Trumka: Minimum Wage Will Pass — or Republicans Will `Pay a Price’

For all the resistance to raising the federal minimum wage in Washington, Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, predicts Congress will pass it. If not, the labor leader said today, Republicans will “pay a price for it at the polls.”...

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