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A McDonald's burger.

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A McDonald's burger.

Look Out McDonald’s: Better Economy Means Gourmet Burgers

A strengthening economy may be a disadvantage for McDonald’s Corp. as consumers opt for gourmet burgers over Big Macs, according to Neil Dutta, head of U.S. economics at Renaissance Macro Research LLC. The world’s largest restaurant chain, whose second-quarter profit and revenue...

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Sheldon Adelson arrives to hear Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers foreign policy remarks on July 29, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel.

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Sheldon Adelson arrives to hear Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers foreign policy remarks on July 29, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Adelsons Help RNC Top DNC in June Fundraising

Billionaire casino executive Sheldon Adelson helped the Republican National Committee raise more money than the Democratic National Committee in June. Adelson, the world’s 17th richest person according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, gave the annual maximum $32,400 donation to the RNC last...

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, right, and Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond Odierno, left, testify regarding sexual assaults in the military during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 4, 2013.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, right, and Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond Odierno, left, testify regarding sexual assaults in the military during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 4, 2013.

Dempsey: Offering Options on Syria to Senate

With Army General Martin Dempsey’s confirmation for a second term as the top U.S. military officer facing a threat of delay, he’s promised to spell out options for dealing with Syrian in a letter to a Senate panel this week....

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A research associate displays petri dishes with algae being cultivated for biofuel research at the Sapphire Energy Inc. facility in San Diego, California.

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A research associate displays petri dishes with algae being cultivated for biofuel research at the Sapphire Energy Inc. facility in San Diego, California.

Renewable Fuels Confronting Shortfalls in Congress

When it passed Congress in 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard was championed by farmers, green groups and U.S. lawmakers for ushering in a brave new world of domestic fuels made from everything from trash to microorganisms. Six years on, that’s...

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Executives at AT&T attend a news conference where it was announced that AT&T Inc. will be buying its wireless rival T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG for $39 billion in cash and stock on March 21, 2011 in New York City.

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Executives at AT&T attend a news conference where it was announced that AT&T Inc. will be buying its wireless rival T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG for $39 billion in cash and stock on March 21, 2011 in New York City.

Flashpoint: AT&T, T-Mobile Take Airwaves Fight to House

AT&T and T-Mobile are going at it again — fighting over airwaves and trying to get the rules they want set for the next government auction. They’ll debate at a House hearing whether regulators should limit airwave purchases at a planned...

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Students prepare for a commencement on May 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Students prepare for a commencement on May 19, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Student Loan Bill: Thumbs Up From House Republicans

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker blog Senior Republicans on the House Education and the Workforce Committee say they like what they hear about the bipartisan Senate deal on student-loan interest rates and predict a resolution before the August recess. The...

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California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. explains his budget proposal during a news conference at the California State Capitol in Sacramento on January 10, 2013.

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California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. explains his budget proposal during a news conference at the California State Capitol in Sacramento on January 10, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 60.5

That’s the mean age of the 20 Democratic governors. Of the 14 governors from both parties who are younger than 55 years old, 11 are Republicans and three are Democrats — Steve Bullock of Montana (47), Martin O’Malley of Maryland...

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Long-time White House correspondent Helen Thomas takes up her seat in the front row of the newly remodeled Brady Press Briefing room in the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 11, 2007.

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Long-time White House correspondent Helen Thomas takes up her seat in the front row of the newly remodeled Brady Press Briefing room in the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 11, 2007.

Helen Thomas, Women’s Firsts

Say what you like about Helen Thomas. But say this: After covering the presidential campaign of John F. Kennedy in 1960, she became the first woman assigned to the White House full time by a news service, United Press International....

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Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney holds a news conference at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 17, 2013. Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, will run against longtime incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY). Cheney launched her campaign yesterday following Enzi's announcement that he will run for a fourth term.

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Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney holds a news conference at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 17, 2013. Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, will run against longtime incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY). Cheney launched her campaign yesterday following Enzi's announcement that he will run for a fourth term.

Liz Cheney Faces Uphill Fight Against Enzi, Poll Shows

It’s official — Liz Cheney, 46, starts as a pronounced underdog in her bid to muscle her way into the Senate by muscling out a three-term fellow Republican who had thought the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney wouldn’t be quite so...

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