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A commencement at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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A commencement at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 81

That’s how many senators voted yesterday for a compromise student loans bill. The revised bill incorporates a bipartisan amendment by West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr to peg annual student loan rates to...

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A newsstand displays headlines on July 24, 2013 about the latest sexting scandal involving New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.

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A newsstand displays headlines on July 24, 2013 about the latest sexting scandal involving New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.

Weiner’s E-mail Appeal: ‘This Campaign Isn’t About Me’

Anthony Weiner’s latest grasp of the news cycle has motivated him to update donors to his New York City mayoral campaign with an e-mail in which he purports to share a glimpse into his current state of mind. “I owe...

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President Barack Obama speaks at Knox College on July 24, 2013 in Galesburg, Illinois.

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President Barack Obama speaks at Knox College on July 24, 2013 in Galesburg, Illinois.

Obama’s Final Campaign Started Today

“I have now run my last campaign,” President Barack Obama said today before a cheering crowd in Galesburg, Illinois. He cares about only one thing now, he said — that which he can achieve in the remaining 1,276 days of...

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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks during the Black American Leadership Alliance's 'D.C. March for Jobs' rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington on July 15, 2013. The rally and march were held to call attention to the impact that illegal immigration has on wages, and lost employment opportunities for low-skilled Americans.

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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks during the Black American Leadership Alliance's 'D.C. March for Jobs' rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington on July 15, 2013. The rally and march were held to call attention to the impact that illegal immigration has on wages, and lost employment opportunities for low-skilled Americans.

King’s Immigrant ‘Mule’ Talk Rebuked by Boehner, Cantor

Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican who’s become a font of anti-immigration rhetoric, is getting a strong rebuke from House leaders after insisting that immigrants’ kids coming to the U.S. illegally are drug mules. King, who famously likened immigrants to...

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Anthony Weiner, a leading candidate for New York City mayor, stands with his wife Huma Abedin during a press conference on July 23, 2013 in New York City.

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Anthony Weiner, a leading candidate for New York City mayor, stands with his wife Huma Abedin during a press conference on July 23, 2013 in New York City.

Boston: No ‘Danger,’ Only a ‘Strangler’

The other big city mayor’s race: While the world watches Anthony Weiner gibbeted for his sexting habit, it’s worth noting that there’s another big city mayor’s race going on. In Boston. As in New York’s campaign, a field of 12...

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President Barack Obama walks up the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., on July 24, 2013. Obama is traveling to Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., to kick off a series of speeches that will lay out his vision for rebuilding the economy.

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President Barack Obama walks up the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., on July 24, 2013. Obama is traveling to Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., to kick off a series of speeches that will lay out his vision for rebuilding the economy.

Obama’s Knox Redux: Returning to the Economy with Tools This Time

President Barack Obama is probably having an easier morning — technologically speaking — than he did the last time he gave a speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. In 2005, Obama, then a newly elected senator, was set to...

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Test pilot Chuck Yeager sits in the cockpit of an unidentified jet aircraft in this undated photo released by the U. S. Air Force in June 1948. Yeager became the first man to break the sound barrier October 14, 1947, as he piloted an X-1 rocket plane.

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Test pilot Chuck Yeager sits in the cockpit of an unidentified jet aircraft in this undated photo released by the U. S. Air Force in June 1948. Yeager became the first man to break the sound barrier October 14, 1947, as he piloted an X-1 rocket plane.

Weiners and Losers: Pushing the Political Envelope

“Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman, giving all your love to just one man. You’ll have bad times, and he’ll have good times, doin’ things that you don’t understand. But if you love him, you’ll forgive him even though he’s...

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Job seekers pick up fliers advertising jobs in Los Angeles, California.

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Job seekers pick up fliers advertising jobs in Los Angeles, California.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 44%

That’s how many Americans say it will be “a long time” before the national economy recovers, according to the Pew Research Center. That compares with 28 percent who say the economy is recovering and 26 percent who say it will...

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Anthony Weiner, a leading candidate for New York City mayor, during a press conference on July 23, 2013 in New York City. Weiner addressed news of new allegations that he engaged in lewd online conversations with a woman after he resigned from Congress for similar previous incidents.

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Anthony Weiner, a leading candidate for New York City mayor, during a press conference on July 23, 2013 in New York City. Weiner addressed news of new allegations that he engaged in lewd online conversations with a woman after he resigned from Congress for similar previous incidents.

Weiner: ‘I’m Responsible’

Anthony Weiner has a rough idea of when he stopped sexting. “I can’t say exactly,” he said in a news conference this evening. “It was sometime last summer.” The New York Democrat resigned from Congress in June 2011 amid revelations...

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