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President Barack Obama arrives to speak before signing an Executive Order titled "Fair Pay and Safe Workplace" in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 31, 2014.

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President Barack Obama arrives to speak before signing an Executive Order titled "Fair Pay and Safe Workplace" in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 31, 2014.

Obama: No ‘Twiddling Thumbs’

Is this an imperial presidency? President Barack Obama was asked about the stalemate on Capitol Hill and whether that has enabled him to embrace executive powers to their fullest. “I never have a green light. I’m bound by the Constitution....

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First lady Michelle Obama, left, and former first lady Laura Bush during a panel discussion during 'Investing in Our Future' at the US-Africa Leaders Summit at the Kennedy Center on Aug. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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First lady Michelle Obama, left, and former first lady Laura Bush during a panel discussion during 'Investing in Our Future' at the US-Africa Leaders Summit at the Kennedy Center on Aug. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

First Ladies: Picking Their Causes

Updated at 10:53 am EDT As the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington concludes today with diplomatic discussions among President Barack Obama and African heads of state, First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush were hosting a forum...

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A slice of Wagyu beef in Tokyo.

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A slice of Wagyu beef in Tokyo.

White House’s Continent Dinner: Wagyu Beef, Coconut Milk Await 50 Motorcades

Updated at 1:45 pm EDT It may be a “Code Orange” day in Washington, D.C., the ambient air officially unfit for infants and the elderly, yet that won’t stop the White House from holding a dinner for 400 on the...

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A sign advertising the upcoming US-Africa Leaders Summit outside the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2014.

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A sign advertising the upcoming US-Africa Leaders Summit outside the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2014.

African View of U.S.: World’s Best

If African leaders like what they hear in Washington this week, some of their countries already had a pretty good feeling about the place heading into the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit playing out in the capital. How African nations view US...

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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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A couple cools off with ice cream in front of a display of a butter cow and calf, made from 2,100 pounds of butter, at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, in this Aug. 3, 2006 file photo.

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A couple cools off with ice cream in front of a display of a butter cow and calf, made from 2,100 pounds of butter, at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, in this Aug. 3, 2006 file photo.

Butter Cow Has Competition: Butter Menagerie

Even better than the fried salad on a stick and funnel cakes on sale at the annual Iowa State Fair: The display of the legendary Butter Cow. This year, the theme is “Field of Dreams” - honoring the 25th anniversary...

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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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