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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to a reporter about the impending rain as he arrives for a meeting in Midtown Manhattan, on  June 18, 2013 in New York.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to a reporter about the impending rain as he arrives for a meeting in Midtown Manhattan, on June 18, 2013 in New York.

Texan Perry’s New York Shopping Trip

The eyes of Texas are on New York businesses. Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s 2013 business poaching tour rolled into New York City today with a meeting for potential recruits at Hill Country Barbecue in the Flatiron District. Perry, wearing black...

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Rapper Nykeith ''Black Gold'' Batts, left, performs his song ''Da Beast Walk'' as children dance along at the 20th Annual Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 14, 2013.

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Rapper Nykeith ''Black Gold'' Batts, left, performs his song ''Da Beast Walk'' as children dance along at the 20th Annual Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 14, 2013.

Juneteenth: From Texas, with Tweets

Slavery in Texas was abolished on this day in 1865. #Juneteenth So notes George P. Bush, the “husband, father, businessman and candidate for land commissioner in Texas,” a gateway office for those pursuing bigger political prizes. He’s also a president’s...

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President Barack Obama and German Chancelor Angela Merkel on the Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate on June 19, 2013 in Berlin.

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President Barack Obama and German Chancelor Angela Merkel on the Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate on June 19, 2013 in Berlin.

‘Internet Age’ Security: No ‘Rifling’ of e-mail, Obama Promises Merkel

The Internet is a battleground, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested today, voicing public concern yet some understanding about the once-secret U.S. cyber-surveillance that has consumed international headlines. Security in “the Internet age” is a balancing act, she and President Barack...

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, campaigns with Massachusetts Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Gabriel Gomez, left, at the Boston Police VFW Post in Boston, on May 20, 2013.

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, campaigns with Massachusetts Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Gabriel Gomez, left, at the Boston Police VFW Post in Boston, on May 20, 2013.

Markey-Gomez Debate: McCain Tweets in on Term Limits

Not typically a hot election topic in Massachusetts, term limits became the subject of the most heated exchange last night in the third and final U.S. Senate debate between Democrat Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez. The back-and-forth offered a...

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People from Mexico cheer and wave U.S. flags during a naturalization ceremony in San Diego, California, on March 20, 2013.

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People from Mexico cheer and wave U.S. flags during a naturalization ceremony in San Diego, California, on March 20, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $175 Billion

That’s how much a proposed overhaul of immigration laws would reduce federal budget deficits over the next 10 years, according to a Congressional Budget Office report. The bill, S. 744, would revamp the U.S. visa system and offer the estimated...

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Guest workers harvest the strawberry crop at a farm in China Grove, North Carolina.

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Guest workers harvest the strawberry crop at a farm in China Grove, North Carolina.

Immigration Bill: $175 Bln Savings

Now they can have their immigration bill and eat their deficit, too. After warnings from some corners — such as the Heritage Foundation claiming the Senate’s immigration reform bill will cost trillions of dollars over five decades — the Congressional...

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Head coach Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys prepare to take the field for their game against the Washington Redskins.

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Head coach Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys prepare to take the field for their game against the Washington Redskins.

Christie: Cowboys Fan — Why Root for Teams That Annoy You?

How did the governor of New Jersey, where the National Football League’s Jets and Giants play, become a Dallas Cowboys fan? Easy. When Chris Christie, 50, was a kid, the Cowboys had Heisman Trophy winner and two-time Super Bowl champion...

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Ice cream is your weakness instead? Down 1.7 percent over the past month alone, the biggest decline since June 2009.

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Ice cream is your weakness instead? Down 1.7 percent over the past month alone, the biggest decline since June 2009.

May Consumer Prices: Cookies, Drugs

Have a sweet tooth and are under a doctor’s care? Then you’re probably seeing record-low inflation. The consumer-price index climbed 0.1 percent in May, the Labor Department reported today, less than the 0.2 percent median forecast of economists surveyed by...

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Barack Obama leaves the stage after making a speech in front of the Victory Column in Berlin in this July 24, 2008 file photo.

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Barack Obama leaves the stage after making a speech in front of the Victory Column in Berlin in this July 24, 2008 file photo.

Obama in Berlin Encore: Ich Bin Ein ‘Citizen of the World’

Aboard Air Force One, en route from Belfast to Berlin: The traveling White House tonight explained the expected message — and “optics” — of the speech that President Barack Obama will deliver facing East from the Brandenburg Gate in the...

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