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USDA Choice meat in Wyanet, Illinois.

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USDA Choice meat in Wyanet, Illinois.

FDA’s Hamburg: Food-Safety Money Lacking

Since President Barack Obama signed the Food Safety and Modernization Act in 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been rule-writing and preparing to implement the landmark legislation. Now, if only it had the money needed to update procedures...

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Wrestlers during the Ceremonial Sumo Tournament at the Yasukuni Shrine on April 4, 2014 in Tokyo.

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Wrestlers during the Ceremonial Sumo Tournament at the Yasukuni Shrine on April 4, 2014 in Tokyo.

Norquist: ‘Sumo Wrestlers’ Will Fight to Draw — None Leave Ring Before ’16

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist says the millions of dollars that will be spent on the 2014 congressional elections won’t any alleviate any of the gridlock in Washington. Speaking at a daylong conference in Washington on finding common ground between liberals...

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Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., signs autographs for attendees following a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2014.

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Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., signs autographs for attendees following a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 5, 2014.

Elon Musk Shaking Up D.C. — Like Auto and Space Races

Billionaire Elon Musk doesn’t do anything quietly. His Space Exploration Technologies Corp. won a battle with Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos to lease a historic Kennedy Space Center launch pad, was the first private U.S. company to dock a spacecraft at the...

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Seasonal worker Steven Flagg, in a Statue of Liberty costume, three days before the April 15 tax deadline.

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Seasonal worker Steven Flagg, in a Statue of Liberty costume, three days before the April 15 tax deadline.

IRS Spent $14 Million Complying with Congressional Inquiry

Congress spent a lot of time investigating the Internal Revenue Service  last year. And now there’s statistical proof. Congressional committees received 10.6 billion disclosures of taxpayer information last year, up from 2.4 billion the year before, according to the Joint Committee on...

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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 22%

About 22 percent of registered voters say most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected. That compares with 72 percent of respondents who say most federal lawmakers don’t deserve re-election, according to a Gallup poll conducted April 24-30. About 50 percent...

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A towboat moves along the Ohio River with 15 barges loaded of 30,000 tons of coal in West Virginia.

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A towboat moves along the Ohio River with 15 barges loaded of 30,000 tons of coal in West Virginia.

Coal Warriors Call Truce as Industry Mingles Along Potomac

On a muggy evening along the Potomac River in the nation’s capital, a temporary truce was called in the “War on Coal.” Instead of bombardments, it was an open bar, roving trays of melon wrapped in prosciutto and plentiful shrimp and...

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Non-GMO food labels.

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Non-GMO food labels.

Vermont’s GMO Law: Moment of Clarity for Agribusiness

It was becoming increasingly inevitable, as opponents of genetically modified foods recovered from costly losses and consumer skepticism remained entrenched: At some point, somewhere, a state was going to pass a mandatory GMO labeling law, and the foes would need...

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The Delta Air Lines Inc. terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

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The Delta Air Lines Inc. terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

Export-Import: Battle Royale

The lobbying fight over the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which helps foreign buyers purchase American-made goods, has officially begun. The National Association of Manufacturers, a major Washington-based industry group, today held its first “lobby day” on Capitol Hill to keep alive...

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