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A "now hiring" sign is posted in the window of a Chase bank branch on Jan. 4, 2013 in San Rafael, California.

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A "now hiring" sign is posted in the window of a Chase bank branch on Jan. 4, 2013 in San Rafael, California.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 50

That’s how many months it’s been since the unemployment rate was lower than February’s 7.7 percent. Last month’s jobless rate was the lowest since December 2008, when the unemployment rate was 7.3 percent and rising amid a deep recession. The...

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President Barack Obama walks with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, right, as they leave the Gridiron Dinner through a loading area at a hotel in Washington, on March 9, 2013.

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President Barack Obama walks with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, right, as they leave the Gridiron Dinner through a loading area at a hotel in Washington, on March 9, 2013.

Obama’s Gridiron: Jindal’s Night

President Barack Obama, wearing white tie and tails at Washington’s premiere show of political satire, made light of budget cuts consuming the capital. “Because of sequester, they cut my tails,” Obama said at the head table of the Gridiron Club’s...

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A class taught by King 33 Training at a shooting range on Feb. 24, 2013 in Wallingford, Connecticut.

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A class taught by King 33 Training at a shooting range on Feb. 24, 2013 in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Connecticut Gunmakers: Think Jobs — Lawmakers: Thinking of Kids

Connecticut’s gun manufacturers unleashed an advertising campaign this week intended to remind residents of the jobs the industry provides — along with a not-so-subtle hint that the companies could pick up and leave. The campaign kicked off as leaders from...

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People walk through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington.

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People walk through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington.

Federal Worker Tax-Delinquency Up — Federal Reserve Above Average

There are some 311,566 federal workers and retirees delinquent in their federal taxes. They owe the government $3.5 billion, according to the Internal Revenue Service. That was as of 2011. The number of delinquents was up by 11.5 percent. Still,...

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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, center, and Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, right, look over their birds with guide Justin Hillman during a hunt at Doc's Hunt Club in Adel, Iowa, in this file photo.

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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, center, and Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, right, look over their birds with guide Justin Hillman during a hunt at Doc's Hunt Club in Adel, Iowa, in this file photo.

Republican Tensions Displayed in Iowa Race to Replace Harkin

U.S. Rep. Steve King has said Americans should pick immigrants as they would a hunting dog and equated maintenance workers installing energy-efficient light bulbs to an oppressive police force. Some Republicans worry he’ll also be the U.S. Senate nominee in...

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President Barack Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton in Washington,

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President Barack Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton in Washington,

Obamas-Clintons: Sequestration Dinner

Sequestration isn’t all that President Barack Obama ordered on March 1. He also ordered dinner for Bill Clinton. And Hillary Clinton, and of course his own first lady. The Obamas and Clintons dined at the White House the night the...

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Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints points out the defense of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints points out the defense of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

SEC Nominee vs. Saints Defensive Line

Written with Cheyenne Hopkins How can a U.S. senator score easy points with home-state voters? Focus on football when others are talking about the minutiae of Wall Street regulation. Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, plans to cross-examine Mary Jo White next week...

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Comedian Stephen Colbert serves food with his sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch during a campaign fundraiser breakfast at ILA Hall on Feb. 24, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Comedian Stephen Colbert serves food with his sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch during a campaign fundraiser breakfast at ILA Hall on Feb. 24, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Sanford vs. Colbert’s Sister: $300,000-Plus in S.C., with Koch, Friess

Former South Carolina Republican Gov. Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch each raised more than $300,000 for their campaigns for a vacant House seat in the Charleston area, a reflection of their high name recognition. Sanford raised $334,000 through...

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President Bill Clinton during a campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio, in this file photo.

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President Bill Clinton during a campaign rally in Youngstown, Ohio, in this file photo.

Bill Clinton’s Mea Culpa on DOMA

Bill Clinton always has had an eye for history. For the most part, he has been a few steps ahead of it. His forging of a middle-ground in political life propelled him to the White House, where his willingness to...

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Employees install furniture and wiring in pontoon boats in Elkhart, Indiana.

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Employees install furniture and wiring in pontoon boats in Elkhart, Indiana.

Washington Daybook: 7.7 Percent

HBO has “Game of Thrones.” In Washington, it’s a game of numbers. Employers added 236,000 workers to payrolls in February after 157,000 a month earlier, showing progress in the labor market that could help President Barack Obama’s approval numbers. The...

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