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Magic Number of the Day

Angela and Michael Daniels help clean up in front of a foreclosed home, owned by Bank of America, on May 3, 2012 in Miami.

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Angela and Michael Daniels help clean up in front of a foreclosed home, owned by Bank of America, on May 3, 2012 in Miami.

Magic Number of the Day: 5.05 million

That’s the number of U.S. homes that are in foreclosure or for which mortgage payments are at least 90 days past due, according to a Bloomberg News estimate from data released by the Mortgage Bankers Association. That’s a decrease from...

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The Obama re-election campaign in Richmond.

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The Obama re-election campaign in Richmond.

Magic Number of the Day: 378

That’s the number of electoral votes in states that President Barack Obama or Arizona Senator John McCain carried by a margin of more than 10 percentage points in the 2008 presidential election, adjusted to reflect new electoral vote allocations after...

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Cynthia Quiroz directs people to the Liberty Tax Service in Miami.

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Cynthia Quiroz directs people to the Liberty Tax Service in Miami.

Magic Number of the Day: $59.1 Billion

That was the federal government’s budget surplus in April, the first time since September 2008 that revenues exceeded outlays in a month, according to a Treasury Department statement. Receipts often spike in April, when individuals face a deadline to file...

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Sen. Richard Lugar  after his concession speech on May 8, 2012, in Indianapolis.

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Sen. Richard Lugar after his concession speech on May 8, 2012, in Indianapolis.

Landslide Lugar Primary Loss Biggest For A Senator Since …

That Senator Richard G. Lugar was defeated for re-election in a Republican primary in Indiana yesterday wasn’t a surprise to anyone who had watched the tide turn against the 35-year senator in the past few weeks. What was stunning was...

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Indianapolis Mayor and Senate candidate Richard G. Lugar, left, with his campaign chief at the Indiana state Republican convention.

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Indianapolis Mayor and Senate candidate Richard G. Lugar, left, with his campaign chief at the Indiana state Republican convention.

Magic Number of the Day: 12,910

That’s how many days that Senator Richard G. Lugar, an Indiana Republican who may be defeated for re-election today in his party’s primary election, has served during a tenure that dates to 1977. Lugar, 80, is the longest-serving Republican senator...

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Footballs laced at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Wilson Football Factory in Ada, Ohio.

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Footballs laced at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Wilson Football Factory in Ada, Ohio.

Magic Number of the Day: 19

That’s the number of consecutive months in which the U.S. economy has increased its nonfarm payrolls, though the gain of 115,000 in April was the smallest increase since last October. April was the third consecutive month in which the increase...

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