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Construction crews work on new homes being built in San Ramon, California, on April 12, 2013.

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Construction crews work on new homes being built in San Ramon, California, on April 12, 2013.

Rentals on Fire — Construction, That Is: Driving Housing

The U.S. housing market looked even healthier today on growing demand for rental properties. Data released by the Commerce Department showed builders broke ground on 1.04 million new homes in March at an annualized rate, the most since June 2008....

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Shooting victim and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and her husband Mark Kelly at the U.S. Capitol April 16, 2013.

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Shooting victim and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and her husband Mark Kelly at the U.S. Capitol April 16, 2013.

Giffords: Six Years After Virginia Tech, Presses for Newtown Action

Updated at 2:50 pm EDT Six years ago today, 32 people were gunned down on the campus of Virginia Tech, notes former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously wounded in a 2011 outdoor shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that also killed...

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Obama Campaign Still Owes $3 Million

President Barack Obama’s campaign committee, Obama for America, still owes $3.1 million, new Federal Election Commission filings show. The debts include $626,886 for stage, sound and lighting at campaign events; $500,757 for telemarketing and more than $216,146 for legal fees....

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Bloomberg by the Numbers: $181 Billion

That’s how much in income tax breaks U.S. corporations received in 2011, according to a Government Accountability Office report. The total refers to so-called tax expenditures — revenue that the federal government foregoes because of exemptions, deductions, credits, deferral or...

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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers remarks during the second day of the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 15, 2013.

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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivers remarks during the second day of the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 15, 2013.

Romney Gives Excess Campaign Cash to House Republicans

Having failed to win the White House, Mitt Romney is using his leftover campaign funds to help the Republicans retain control of the House of Representatives. Romney’s joint fundraising committee with the Republican National Committee and state parties contributed $743,704...

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Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, on April 15, 2013.

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Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, on April 15, 2013.

White House Watches Boston, Promises ‘Full Weight of Justice’

Updated at 6:20 pm EDT President Barack Obama has directed federal officials to provide whatever assistance is needed by authorities in Boston as they respond to the deadly explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. “We still do not know who did...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds his weekly on camera news conference in the Capitol on Thursday, April 11, 2013.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds his weekly on camera news conference in the Capitol on Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Boehner Raises $2.4 Million First Qtr

As the House speaker, John Boehner is in a position to raise plenty of campaign funds for his party. The Ohio Republican took in $2.4 million in the first three months of this year, his campaign committee reported to the...

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry visits with fans prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 on April 13, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry visits with fans prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 on April 13, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Texas to Chicago: Send Us Your Overtaxed, Underemployed Masses

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has  picked Chicago as his latest job-recruitment target, running print and Internet advertisements through a weekly business newspaper urging Illinois companies to move to the second-most populous state. In February, radio ads launched by Perry asked...

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