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Alex Herz, president of Orbit Logic, peers into the inside of an engineering model (full scale replica) of the SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft at the SpaceX booth in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Alex Herz, president of Orbit Logic, peers into the inside of an engineering model (full scale replica) of the SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft at the SpaceX booth in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Washington Daybook: Down to Earth

Chief executives from Boeing Co., FedEx Corp., United Continental Holdings Inc. and other aviation companies attend the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 aviation summit one day after American Airlines parent AMR Corp. won approval for its merger with US Airways...

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A man searches for recyclable bottles and cans near the New York Stock Exchange on June 8, 2012 on Wall Street in New York City.

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A man searches for recyclable bottles and cans near the New York Stock Exchange on June 8, 2012 on Wall Street in New York City.

Income Inequality on Fed’s Radar

Income inequality is becoming an increasing issue for Federal Reserve officials and may prove to be an important factor in monetary policy, according to Credit Suisse Group AG. Citing speeches by policy makers including Vice Chairman Janet Yellen and Governors...

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Senator Tim Johnson, a Democrat from South Dakota and chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, arrives to hear Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, deliver his semiannual monetary policy report to the Senate Banking Committee on July 17, 2012.

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Senator Tim Johnson, a Democrat from South Dakota and chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, arrives to hear Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, deliver his semiannual monetary policy report to the Senate Banking Committee on July 17, 2012.

Democrats Bullish About 2014 — Here’s Their Case

Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson’s decision not to seek re-election in Republican-leaning South Dakota has focused attention on the overall challenges his party faces in the 2014 midterm. As Democrats gear up to defend their Senate majority, substantially more of their seats appear  in play...

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Marriage equality supporters wave flags and signs as they rally in front of the Supreme Court before oral arguments in the United States v. Windsor case, which will test the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act on March 27, 2013.

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Marriage equality supporters wave flags and signs as they rally in front of the Supreme Court before oral arguments in the United States v. Windsor case, which will test the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act on March 27, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 84

That’s the percentage of members of Congress in 1996 who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act barring same-sex couples from claiming federal benefits available to other married couples. President Bill Clinton signed the measure into law after 342 of...

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Ashley Judd, pictured at a United Nations conference on drugs and crime in New York on March 14, 2012, won't be running for Senate.

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Ashley Judd, pictured at a United Nations conference on drugs and crime in New York on March 14, 2012, won't be running for Senate.

Ashley Judd: ‘Focused on Family’

If Democrats are going to oust Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell next year, Ashley Judd won’t be their candidate. The actress and ardent Kentucky Wildcat fan, who faced questions about whether she actually resided in Kentucky or neighboring Tennessee, announced...

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media after Vice President Joseph Biden administered the oath of office to Julia Pierson to become the Director of the United States Secret Service in the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama speaks to the media after Vice President Joseph Biden administered the oath of office to Julia Pierson to become the Director of the United States Secret Service in the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s NCAA Bracket: ‘Busted’

So how is President Barack Obama feeling about his NCAA bracket? “Busted,” he said today at the White House. “I think my women’s bracket’s done much better than my men’s bracket,” said the president, asked about his tournament picks after...

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A job seeker waits to speak to a recruiter at a job fair organized by United Career Fairs in New York on Feb. 19, 2013.

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A job seeker waits to speak to a recruiter at a job fair organized by United Career Fairs in New York on Feb. 19, 2013.

Weak Job Market Not From Polarization: New York Fed

Job polarization is not the main reason the labor-market recovery has been weak, according to research by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York issued today. The inference is the central bank can keep pumping money into financial...

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People walk on the beach in Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

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People walk on the beach in Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

Washington Daybook: Border Patrol

Immigration policy is the main subject of discussion at events hosted by the Migration Policy Institute, the Economic Policy Institute and the Small Business Majority in Washington today. Meanwhile, Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake will host Democratic...

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Gay pride flags at the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Gay pride flags at the U.S. Supreme Court on March 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Wednesday’s Supreme Court Gay Marriage Arguments Live Blog

2:36 p.m. That’ll do it for today’s live blog. The court could issue its decisions in this week’s gay marriage cases at any time. But it’s likely to follow past practice, holding its most contentious cases until the end of the...

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