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Engineers work on the graphite super structures of the science module section of the James Webb Space Telescope at Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s (ATK) Space Components Division in Magna, Utah.

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Engineers work on the graphite super structures of the science module section of the James Webb Space Telescope at Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s (ATK) Space Components Division in Magna, Utah.

Unemployment Claims Lowest Since November 2007

An unexpected decline in applications for jobless benefits last week indicates companies remain optimistic the economy will persevere after cooling in the second quarter. The average number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits in the last four weeks dropped to the lowest...

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, talks prior to an interview at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on May 7, 2013.

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, talks prior to an interview at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on May 7, 2013.

Boehner: Slow Growth Can’t be ‘New Normal’

“We’ve had four years of slow and anemic job growth — and frankly, it’s unacceptable,” House Speaker John Boehner said today. The Ohio Republican attempted to turn the latest unemployment rate against the White House — 7.5 percent reported for...

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Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., right, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), walks with Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Vice Chairman, to a discussion of the JTC on the topic of reforming the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

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Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., right, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), walks with Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Vice Chairman, to a discussion of the JTC on the topic of reforming the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.

Zero-Based Tax Reform: Camp, Baucus (‘Max and Dave’)

Welcome to Taxreform.gov — a new bipartisan entry on the Internet sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp, Republican chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Camp says he is...

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Mexican immigrants work on a housing construction site on May 3, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.

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Mexican immigrants work on a housing construction site on May 3, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.

Social Security Report ‘Game-Changer’ for Immigration Bill

A Social Security Administration analysis says the Senate’s bipartisan immigration proposal would boost U.S. tax revenue, create jobs and increase the gross domestic product over the next 10 years. Stephen Gross, chief actuary for the agency, says the bill would have a “substantial positive...

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Joe Biden

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Joe Biden

Biden Showing White House’s Hand on Keystone?

Was Vice President Joe Biden showing his hand — and thus the administration’s — on the Keystone Pipeline? A Sierra Club volunteer in South Carolina says Biden appeared to indicate his opposition to TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL in a brief conversation with her...

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Inmates, left, and former Gov. Jim McGreevey, right, laugh as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, second right, makes a joke while answering a question at the Hudson County Correctional Center in Kearny, N.J., on May 8, 2013.

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Inmates, left, and former Gov. Jim McGreevey, right, laugh as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, second right, makes a joke while answering a question at the Hudson County Correctional Center in Kearny, N.J., on May 8, 2013.

New Jersey’s Odd Couple Governors Visit Correctional Center

One reporter likened them to “The Odd Couple,” the Neil Simon creation about male roommates with opposite personalities. The setting today, though, wasn’t that pair’s roomy Manhattan apartment. It was a women’s unit at the Hudson County Correctional Center in...

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The U.S.-Mexico border on February 26, 2013 near Sonoita, Arizona.

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The U.S.-Mexico border on February 26, 2013 near Sonoita, Arizona.

Low-IQ Immigrants: Not Heritage Policy

The Heritage Foundation has taken some hits for projecting 50 years out with its projection that the cost of government services for undocumented immigrants becoming citizens will far exceed the tax revenue they contribute to the economy — by about...

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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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