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Honest Tea creator Seth Goldman in his Bethesda, MD home, where his tea was first brewed.

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Honest Tea creator Seth Goldman in his Bethesda, MD home, where his tea was first brewed.

Honest Tea CEO: Every Day Election Day

Honest Tea CEO Seth Goldman has deep ties to Washington. Not only does he live in and operate his company from neighboring Bethesda, Maryland. Early in his career he was a staffer for Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, the 1988 Democratic...

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White House chefs grill corn-on-the-cob on a barbeque for a Fourth of July celebration at the White House on July 4, 2012.

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White House chefs grill corn-on-the-cob on a barbeque for a Fourth of July celebration at the White House on July 4, 2012.

July 4 BBQ: Up 29% (Over 10 yrs)

Fourth of July barbeques are seldom remembered for their food-price sticker shock. But they can feel plenty painful at the time. Examining that pain is Rabobank Group, releasing its first BBQ Index. This is a timely year to start it...

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A bartender pours champagne.

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A bartender pours champagne.

Champagne Lobby Bubbling in DC

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, was an unabashed Francophile. George Washington had France to thank for helping defeat the British at Yorktown, effectively ending the Revolutionary War. Jefferson was dispatched to Paris as ambassador for the nascent American democracy,...

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Production assembly mechanic Arvilla Minnich installs a safety cable on a CFM56-7 jet engine at General Electric Co.'s GE Aviation factory in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 25, 2014.

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Production assembly mechanic Arvilla Minnich installs a safety cable on a CFM56-7 jet engine at General Electric Co.'s GE Aviation factory in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 25, 2014.

White House: Best New-Jobs Streak Since 1939

In relentless pursuit of good economic news, today’s monthly employment report has given the White House some cause for smiles. American auto industry added 463,100 jobs over 5 yrs; best growth since 90s. June also best auto sales since ’06....

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Traffic jams up on the Kennedy Expressway leaving the city for a holiday weekend in Chicago.

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Traffic jams up on the Kennedy Expressway leaving the city for a holiday weekend in Chicago.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 34.8 Million

About 34.8 million people plan to drive at least 50 miles from their home during the five-day period ending July 6. That’s up from 34.1 million last year, and the most since 2007, according to AAA. “Stronger business travel and...

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A bricklayer moves scaffolding at a construction site for single-family townhouses in Glenview, Illinois.

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A bricklayer moves scaffolding at a construction site for single-family townhouses in Glenview, Illinois.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 28%

That’s the share of public construction as a share of total construction. The Census Bureau reports $953.5 billion in construction was put in place in the U.S. in April, and $267 billion of that was spent by governments. The survey...

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