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Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., makes his way around the Cannon rotunda.

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Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., makes his way around the Cannon rotunda.

Congressional Dysfunction Breeds Nostalgia for Spirit of Compromise

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, recalls his last substantive issue discussion with a Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee. It was 13 years ago. He and Bill Thomas, then a Republican congressman from California who served as the...

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Actress Eva Longoria participates in an Early Vote Canvass Kickoff in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Actress Eva Longoria participates in an Early Vote Canvass Kickoff in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 70

That was President Barack Obama’s job approval rating among Hispanics in January, according to Gallup. The figure is close to the 71 percent support Obama received from Hispanic voters in the 2012 election, according to a national exit poll. Republican...

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The Washington monument stands as pedestrians walk ahead of the presidential inauguration in Washington, DC.

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The Washington monument stands as pedestrians walk ahead of the presidential inauguration in Washington, DC.

Washington’s Economic Confidence No. 1

Who says Washington is dysfunctional? Washington is downright happy with the way things are going. Of all the places where the Gallup organization has polled people about their confidence in the economy, Washington, D.C., stands out as most confident. The...

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A Senate staff member prepares for a press conference on Capitol Hill on Jan. 24, 2013.

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A Senate staff member prepares for a press conference on Capitol Hill on Jan. 24, 2013.

Blumenthal Seeks Background Checks for Bullet Buyers

While President Barack Obama pushes for background checks for gun purchasers, Senator Richard Blumenthal today introduced legislation requiring buyers of ammunition to undergo the same reviews. Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, scene of last month’s killing of 20 first-grade students...

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A shopper organizes his cash at a Best Buy Co. store in Peoria.

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A shopper organizes his cash at a Best Buy Co. store in Peoria.

Economic Confidence: Gallup Survey Against Grain of Consumer Indices

There are indicators, and there are indicators. One of the leading indicators of consumer confidence, the Conference Board, reported today that confidence reached its lowest level in more than a year in January as renewed payroll taxes took a bigger...

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Shantrese Davis, from New Orleans, Louisiana, on the National Mall during the U.S. presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

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Shantrese Davis, from New Orleans, Louisiana, on the National Mall during the U.S. presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 76

That’s the percentage-point gap between the Democratic and Republican approval ratings of President Barack Obama last year, according to Gallup. Obama’s average approval rating in 2012 was 86 percent among Democrats and 10 percent among Republicans. The 76-point gap ties...

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A "now hiring" sign at a Chase bank branch in San Rafael, California.

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A "now hiring" sign at a Chase bank branch in San Rafael, California.

Unemployment 8% Mid-January: Gallup

When it comes to work, there are indicators and then there are indicators. The Labor Department won’t report on the state of the U.S. job market this month until the first Friday in February. Gallup, which conducts its own survey...

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Contractors at a construction site in Lorton, Virginia.

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Contractors at a construction site in Lorton, Virginia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 25

That’s the percentage of Americans who say it’s a good time to find a quality job, according to Gallup. That’s the highest share measured by Gallup on that question since March 2008, before a credit crisis took hold that drove...

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The Capitol Visitor's Center in Washington.

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The Capitol Visitor's Center in Washington.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 43, 45

Those are the percentages of Americans who approve and disapprove, respectively, of last week’s agreement on the so-called fiscal cliff, according to Gallup. While Americans generally are divided on the agreement to avert automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, self-identified...

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