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Call operators answer phones on the first day of Obamacare at an eHealthInsurance Services Inc. call center in Sacramento.

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Call operators answer phones on the first day of Obamacare at an eHealthInsurance Services Inc. call center in Sacramento.

Late Cash Surge Foreshadowed Obamacare Website Woes: BGov

Analyst Peter Gosselin of Bloomberg Government has found another problem with the roll-out of the new healthcare exchanges: “Although the Affordable Care Act has been law for three and a half years, one third of the funds going to the...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, right, and Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 16, 2013.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, right, and Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 16, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $24 Billion

That’s how much the 16-day partial U.S. government shutdown took out of the economy, according to a Standard & Poor’s report yesterday. “The shutdown has shaved at least 0.6 percent off annualized fourth-quarter 2013 gross domestic product growth,” Bloomberg’s Susanne...

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Senator Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado, speaks during an interview in Washington D.C., on Oct. 9, 2013.

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Senator Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado, speaks during an interview in Washington D.C., on Oct. 9, 2013.

Bennet: Congress Not ‘Dysfunctional’ Enough to Default

Sen. Michael Bennet has a well-thought-out reason for thinking the current Congressional stalemate will be broken before the U.S. loses its authority to borrow money. “Even as dysfunctional as we are, I don’t think we’re that dysfunctional,” the Colorado Democrat...

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Protesters demonstrate in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013, urging congress to end the federal government shutdown.

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Protesters demonstrate in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013, urging congress to end the federal government shutdown.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -32

That’s Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index for Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Gallup’s index, which is based on Americans’ assessments of current economic conditions and perceptions of whether the economy is getting better or worse, fell 13 points from minus 19 on...

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Engineers and developers work at President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago on Dec. 13, 2011.

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Engineers and developers work at President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago on Dec. 13, 2011.

Obama’s Ad-Men: Yogurt Next?

Two of the masterminds behind President Barack Obama’s analytics-fueled campaign-advertising operation say they’ve been inundated with inquiries from corporate executives eager to apply the tactics that won the 2012 presidential race to their marketing efforts. “We’re sort of handing out...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell emerge from the White House on Nov. 16, 2012.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell emerge from the White House on Nov. 16, 2012.

Fiscal Cliff Deal No Deficit Solution

One might think, given all the debate over tax increases and spending cuts and averting a “fiscal cliff” at year’s end, that the White House’s pursuit of a $4-trillion, 10-year solution suggests the government’s habit of deficit spending could be...

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Instead of costly institutional care, Medicaid pays for a nurse's aide, a speech therapist and a registered nurse for home visits.

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Instead of costly institutional care, Medicaid pays for a nurse's aide, a speech therapist and a registered nurse for home visits.

Romney’s Dependence: Health Care?

Mitt Romney’s remarks about the 47 percent of Americans whom he says are dependent on government services revealed a gaping hole in his logic of dependence. Absent from Romney’s remarks, and from the reaction to them, is an acknowledgement of...

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Soldiers of the 4th brigade combat team 4th infantry division of the U.S. Army dispose of waste left by mortar rounds at the Forward Operating Base Joyce, in the Kunar province in Afghanistan on August 20, 2012.

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Soldiers of the 4th brigade combat team 4th infantry division of the U.S. Army dispose of waste left by mortar rounds at the Forward Operating Base Joyce, in the Kunar province in Afghanistan on August 20, 2012.

Deficit Reality: Not DC Talking Point

To solve a problem requires knowing that problem: analyzing it, diagnosing it and then treating it. Yet when it comes to the deficit, Washington is woefully ignorant. A Bloomberg Government study, “What Really Caused the Mounting Federal Deficit”, provides a...

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Corn production in the U.S. will drop 13 percent to a six-year low after the hottest July since 1936.

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Corn production in the U.S. will drop 13 percent to a six-year low after the hottest July since 1936.

Washington Daybook: Clearing Skies

The severity of the worst U.S. drought in 56 years may be peaking, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in an interview with Bloomberg News. Steadying weather conditions may limit food inflation next year and ease pressure to relax federal...

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Republican vice presidential candidate  Rep. Paul Ryan at a campaign rally at the Waukesha County Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Wisconsin.

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Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan at a campaign rally at the Waukesha County Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Wisconsin.

Ryan Not Necessarily Gift to Obama

A narrative is quickly developing in Washington that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s pick of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate is a gift to President Obama. Ryan’s proposal to “end Medicare as we know it” seems...

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