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A "now hiring" sign at a Chase bank branch in San Rafael, California.

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A "now hiring" sign at a Chase bank branch in San Rafael, California.

Unemployment 8% Mid-January: Gallup

When it comes to work, there are indicators and then there are indicators. The Labor Department won’t report on the state of the U.S. job market this month until the first Friday in February. Gallup, which conducts its own survey...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, presides over the opening session of the 113th House of Representatives in Washington.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, presides over the opening session of the 113th House of Representatives in Washington.

Washington Daybook: Retreat

The House Republicans’ battle plan for the upcoming debt limit debate will take shape today as members gather for a retreat in Williamsburg, Virginia. They could use one. Speaker John Boehner removed four members from the Finance and Budget committees...

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President Barack Obama waves after speaking during his inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2009.

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President Barack Obama waves after speaking during his inauguration at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2009.

Obama’s Inaugural Fundraising: Groundwork for Post-Presidency

President Barack Obama has mused about his legacy, inviting presidential historians to dinner and urging speechwriters to pen addresses with historical sweep. Now, he’s beginning to prepare for it, starting by embracing a new sponsor: Corporate America. The former Illinois...

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Maryland Attorney General Joseph Curran shakes Jim Brady's hand outside the U.S. Supreme Court during a news conference on filing a law brief. Brady was injured when John Hinckley, Jr.  attacked President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

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Maryland Attorney General Joseph Curran shakes Jim Brady's hand outside the U.S. Supreme Court during a news conference on filing a law brief. Brady was injured when John Hinckley, Jr. attacked President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

Sarah Brady’s Gun Control Worry: Getting All to ‘Work Together’

One year ago, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, one of the oldest gun-control advocacy groups, began reinventing itself with a focus on public education. It hired a new president, a New York advertising executive with no background in...

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Contractors at a construction site in Lorton, Virginia.

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Contractors at a construction site in Lorton, Virginia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 25

That’s the percentage of Americans who say it’s a good time to find a quality job, according to Gallup. That’s the highest share measured by Gallup on that question since March 2008, before a credit crisis took hold that drove...

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A construction worker makes final adjustments to a large autoclave at Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s ATK Aerospace Structures - ACCW Facility. Alliant is the largest supplier of rifle rounds to the U.S. military.

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A construction worker makes final adjustments to a large autoclave at Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s ATK Aerospace Structures - ACCW Facility. Alliant is the largest supplier of rifle rounds to the U.S. military.

Revenue Decreases for 40% of U.S. Contractors, Survey Says

Government contractors are experiencing more decreases in revenue than increases for the first time in at least 18 years. Thirty-eight percent of federal contractors saw a decrease in revenue in 2012 from the previous year, according to a Grant Thornton...

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Former President Bill Clinton, left,  chats with donors as he pays a visit to a fundraiser for state Democrats, while host Terry McAuliffe, right, strains to hear a request from another donor in McLean, Virginia.

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Former President Bill Clinton, left, chats with donors as he pays a visit to a fundraiser for state Democrats, while host Terry McAuliffe, right, strains to hear a request from another donor in McLean, Virginia.

McAuliffe, Cuccinelli Top $1 Million in Late 2012 Donations for Va. Gov.

The two major contenders for the Virginia governorship this November each raised more than $1 million in the second half of 2012,  their campaigns said in reports filed yesterday with state election officials. Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman,...

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Charles "Charlie" Crist, governor of Florida, waits for President Barack Obama to speak in Washington.

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Charles "Charlie" Crist, governor of Florida, waits for President Barack Obama to speak in Washington.

Florida’s Scott Hears Footsteps — Loudest Coming from Charlie Crist

Updated at 3:45 pm EST Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a former chief executive officer at HCA Holdings, could lose his 2014 re-election bid to several hypothetical opponents, including former Gov. Charlie Crist, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and...

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden before signing an executive order designed to tackle gun control, on Jan. 16, 2012 in Washington.

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden before signing an executive order designed to tackle gun control, on Jan. 16, 2012 in Washington.

A Painting Hangs in the President’s Study

A painting hangs in the president’s private study adjoining the Oval Office. It was made by Grace McDonald, who was 7 and one of 20 first-grade children gunned down at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school. President Barack Obama told the...

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