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This photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military, shows a US Army officer showing a photograph of then operational and now abandoned 'Camp X-Ray' detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on April 9, 2014

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This photo made during an escorted visit and reviewed by the US military, shows a US Army officer showing a photograph of then operational and now abandoned 'Camp X-Ray' detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on April 9, 2014

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 1035

Section 1035 of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization law addresses the transfer to foreign countries of detainees from a U.S. facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The law authorizes the secretary of defense to transfer a Guantanamo detainee to a foreign...

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A Bank of America Corp. branch in New York.

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A Bank of America Corp. branch in New York.

U.S. Firms Amass Subsidiaries in Low-Tax, No-Tax ‘Havens’

The largest U.S.-based companies are making extensive use of subsidiaries in low-tax and no-tax jurisdictions, according to a report released today by Citizens for Tax Justice and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. The study, which examined the Fortune 500,...

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President Barack Obama walks with the parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Jani Bergdahl, left, and Bob Bergdahl, right, back to the Oval Office after making a statement regarding the release of Sgt. Bergdahl from captivity on May 31, 2014.

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President Barack Obama walks with the parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Jani Bergdahl, left, and Bob Bergdahl, right, back to the Oval Office after making a statement regarding the release of Sgt. Bergdahl from captivity on May 31, 2014.

Obama’s Choice: Bergdahl Now

There appears to be little question that the U.S. should be bringing Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home after five years of captivity in Afghanistan. The biggest questions involve the circumstances: In a swap for five longtime detainees at the U.S....

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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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