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Customers try out mattresses in the showroom of an Ikea store in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

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Customers try out mattresses in the showroom of an Ikea store in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -29.2

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index in the week ended April 14, the highest since January 2008. The index, which asks U.S. consumers for their views on the economy, buying climate and personal finances, rose 4.8 points from minus 34...

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The suspects from the Boston Bombing are seen in this handout photo released to the media on April, 18, 2013.

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The suspects from the Boston Bombing are seen in this handout photo released to the media on April, 18, 2013.

FBI’s Boston-Bombing Suspects: One Caught, One Dead

Written with Emma Fidel. Updated at 8:45 p.m., April 21, 2013 It ended as it began, with surveillance. The helicopter-taken heat-sensitive footage of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect hiding in a boat stowed in a Watertown back yard revealed...

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Mark Sanford appeared on NBC News' "Today" show on Feb. 19, 2013.

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Mark Sanford appeared on NBC News' "Today" show on Feb. 19, 2013.

Democrats Attack Sanford on Trust As Republicans Withdraw

As House Republicans withdraw from helping Mark Sanford in a special election next month in South Carolina, Democrats are on the attack. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the campaign arm of House Democrats, has begun airing a television ad that...

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) speaks at a news briefing after the Senate defeated a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks on firearms purchases and close the so-called gun show loophole.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) speaks at a news briefing after the Senate defeated a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks on firearms purchases and close the so-called gun show loophole.

Blumenthal on Gun Laws: ‘America Won’t Take No for an Answer’

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, the state where 20 elementary school students were gunned down in December, says that advocates of new gun legislation are not giving up after being unable to overcome a Republican-led filibuster to expand background...

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Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ speaks onstage at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

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Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ speaks onstage at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

Booker’s Backers: Jason Kidd, Victor Cruz, Rob Reiner, Ron Howard

Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, New Jersey, raised $1.9 million for his 2014 Senate campaign in this year’s first quarter, including donations from well-known figures in sports, entertainment, lobbying and finance. Jason Kidd,  point guard for the New...

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Sen. Jeff Flake meets with the public on March 28, 2013 in Prescott, Arizona.

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Sen. Jeff Flake meets with the public on March 28, 2013 in Prescott, Arizona.

Kelly to Flake: Had Your Chance

Now it gets personal. The failure of gun-control legislation in the Senate will come with as many political repercussions as the passage of a bill would have generated. Mark Kelly, the retired astronaut married to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the...

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World heavyweight champion Jack Johnson with his wife, visiting Paris in 1910.

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World heavyweight champion Jack Johnson with his wife, visiting Paris in 1910.

An Easy Decision for the U.S. Senate: Boxer Jack Johnson

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker: On a day when senators couldn’t agree on any proposals to deal with the burning issue of the moment, gun control, they were able reach consensus on divisive events of a century ago — now...

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