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Penny Pritzker, left, and Robbie Myers attend ELLE's annual Women in Washington Power List dinner hosted by Myers, ELLE Editor-in-Chief, with Gucci at Villa Firenze, the home of the Italian Ambassador, on March 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Penny Pritzker, left, and Robbie Myers attend ELLE's annual Women in Washington Power List dinner hosted by Myers, ELLE Editor-in-Chief, with Gucci at Villa Firenze, the home of the Italian Ambassador, on March 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Pritzker’s Priorities: ‘Grow Exports’

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker’s priority for 2014 is to “grow exports and to work with more foreign exports to grow the economy and grow jobs,” she says. Pritzker, honored last night at a dinner hosted by Elle Magazine and Gucci, took some time...

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Painted matryoshka dolls portraying world leaders including, left to right, U.S. President Obama, Russia's President Putin, France's President Hollande and Russia's Prime Minister Medvedev, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Painted matryoshka dolls portraying world leaders including, left to right, U.S. President Obama, Russia's President Putin, France's President Hollande and Russia's Prime Minister Medvedev, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $38.1 Billion

Business between the U.S. and Russia totaled $38.1 billion in 2013, according to the Commerce Department. Imports — the values of goods and services entering the U.S. from Russia — totaled $26.96 billion, the 18th highest level in the world....

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A shopper in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Photograph by Meg Roussos/Bloomberg

A shopper in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $427.8 Billion

U.S. retail and food service sales in January fell 0.4 percent to $427.8 billion, according to the Commerce Department. That’s the biggest drop since June 2012. “Slower employment and wage growth the last two months, along with colder-than-normal temperatures, caused...

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker discusses a new initiative to promote exports on Jan. 9, 2014.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker discusses a new initiative to promote exports on Jan. 9, 2014.

Pritzker Practices Alphabet on Detroit

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker served Detroit a helping of Washington’s alphabet soup today, introducing the city to wonky acronyms like TPP, TPA and T-TIP as she seeks to sell President Barack Obama’s proposed trade deals. “Together, these agreements that are...

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The Port of Oakland in California.

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The Port of Oakland in California.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2%

That’s how much gross domestic product was projected to grow in the third quarter on an annualized basis, according to a Bloomberg survey of 69 economists before a report today. That would mean slower economic growth in July, August and...

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A man sits in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on October 1, 2013.

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A man sits in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on October 1, 2013.

Shutdown: Day One

Updated at 9:39 am through 5:53 pm EDT With David Lerman reporting from the Pentagon  The House’s Republicans have come up with another non-starter in the stalled budget talks with the Democratic-run Senate. The White House says President Barack Obama...

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces a new bill with tougher penalties for texting while driving at a press conference at the Javits convention center on May 31, 2013 in New York City.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces a new bill with tougher penalties for texting while driving at a press conference at the Javits convention center on May 31, 2013 in New York City.

Cuomo’s Fan Mail for a Flounder: Commerce Lawsuit Threatened

First, it was yogurt. Then it was beer and wine. Now, it’s flounder that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing as the latest way to boost New York’s economy. At a press briefing in Long Island’s Montauk today, the Democrat warned...

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A worker walks in front of shipping containers as they sit stacked at the Port of New Orleans in Louisiana, on June 28, 2013.

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A worker walks in front of shipping containers as they sit stacked at the Port of New Orleans in Louisiana, on June 28, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $34.2 Billion

That’s the U.S. trade deficit for June, the narrowest gap since October 2009. The deficit fell 22.4 percent from $44.1 billion in May, according to the Commerce Department. The $34.2 billion deficit resulted from total exports of $191.2 billion and...

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Homes under construction stand at the Gale Ranch housing development in San Ramon, California, on June 15, 2013

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Homes under construction stand at the Gale Ranch housing development in San Ramon, California, on June 15, 2013

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 9.9%

That’s how much housing starts fell in June from the previous month. Construction on new residences fell to an annualized rate of 836,000 in June, compared with a revised 928,000 in May, according to the Commerce Department. The figures contrasted...

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