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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, right, shows Bloomberg Television reporter Peter Cook how to tie a necktie following an interview at the Capitol on May 7, 2013.

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, right, shows Bloomberg Television reporter Peter Cook how to tie a necktie following an interview at the Capitol on May 7, 2013.

Boehner Knows How to Tie One On — Our Reporter’s Neckware Tutorial

House Speaker John Boehner may have drawn a line in the sand on taxes, but you will almost never find him with a wrinkle in one of his ties. The Ohio Republican is a model of sartorial splendor on Capitol...

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President Barack Obama listens to a question during a press conference in the East Room of the White House on May 7, 2013 in Washington.

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President Barack Obama listens to a question during a press conference in the East Room of the White House on May 7, 2013 in Washington.

Obama’s Effectiveness Slips: Pew Poll

Gridlock doesn’t play well in Peoria. President Barack Obama’s job approval — 51 percent in a Pew Research Center survey released today — has gained a few points since March, when Pew found 47 percent public support. Yet six months...

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at a joint press conference on November 4, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at a joint press conference on November 4, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Christie Confronts 2016, Springsteen’s Bouncers, Fleece Jokes

The key to Chris Christie’s success? It must be the fleece. The New Jersey governor, a 50-year-old-old Republican who made headlines yesterday disclosing his secret weight-loss surgery, poked fun at his purported 2016 White House ambitions and the now-famous monogrammed...

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Workers assemble American Giant sweatshirts inside the SFO Apparel Co. in Brisbane, California, on May 1, 2013.

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Workers assemble American Giant sweatshirts inside the SFO Apparel Co. in Brisbane, California, on May 1, 2013.

Productivity Cooling as U.S. Awaits Next Big Thing

If you were only looking at productivity data, you’d assume the U.S. was still in an economic slump. Employee output per hour grew at an average 0.7 percent annual rate over the past 12 quarters, which economists at JPMorgan Chase...

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Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, a Republican from Arizona, second left, is surrounded by members of the media, as he walks through the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 30, 2012.

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Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, a Republican from Arizona, second left, is surrounded by members of the media, as he walks through the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 30, 2012.

K Street Woos Ex-Lawmakers as Voters View Congress With Disdain

The revolving door between Capitol Hill and K Street keeps spinning, even as the general public doesn’t think highly of Congress. “Attitudes of the American public and their evaluation of Congress probably don’t align perfectly with that of K Street...

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A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the end of the trading day on May 7, 2013.

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A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the end of the trading day on May 7, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 15,056.2

That’s where the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed yesterday, marking the first time the index finished above 15,000. The Dow, a price-weighted average of 30 blue-chip stocks, rose 87.31 points. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index rose 0.5 percent to...

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and his fiancee, Maria Belen Chapur, at his primary election victory party.

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and his fiancee, Maria Belen Chapur, at his primary election victory party.

Sanford Hiking Washington Trail Again – For Real

So it wasn’t that close after all. Why would it have been, in a congressional district that Republican Mitt Romney carried by 18 percentage points in November. Because: – The Republican candidate who won, former Gov. Mark Sanford, went off...

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Campaign signs are stuck in a lawn as Elizabeth Colbert Busch speaks to media after casting her vote in a special election runoff with former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford for a seat in the 1st Congressional District on May 7, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Campaign signs are stuck in a lawn as Elizabeth Colbert Busch speaks to media after casting her vote in a special election runoff with former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford for a seat in the 1st Congressional District on May 7, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina.

South Carolina Election Viewers’ Guide

Republican Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch faced the voters today in a special election in South Carolina’s 1st District in and around Charleston. Sanford, a former governor and congressman seeking a return to political life four years after...

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Two of four 1,060-foot catwalks connect to the 525-foot main tower from the eastern end of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

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Two of four 1,060-foot catwalks connect to the 525-foot main tower from the eastern end of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Jerry Brown Channels Forrest Gump

So dozens of over-sized bolts built into the soon-to-be-opened $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge snapped when they were tightened earlier this year. What does California Gov. Jerry Brown have to say about it? “Look, s— happens,” Brown said when...

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FSA fighters clear a room in a newly conquered building along the front line of Sheikh Saeed a highly contested area of Aleppo, Syria, on March 18, 2013.

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FSA fighters clear a room in a newly conquered building along the front line of Sheikh Saeed a highly contested area of Aleppo, Syria, on March 18, 2013.

Obama: ‘Not Doing Nothing’ in Syria

President Barack Obama is remembering Iraq. And the world, he says, will remember what the U.S. did about Osama bin Laden and Muammar Qaddafi. All of this has to do with the “red line” — the use of chemical weapons...

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