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Kaitlin Foran, a senior at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, speaks with a prospective employer at a job fair during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Kaitlin Foran, a senior at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, speaks with a prospective employer at a job fair during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2,028,000

That’s about how many people were newly unemployed in February, according to the U.S. Labor Department. The 2,028,000 who lost a job last month after holding one in the previous month rose for the third consecutive month, from 1,910,000 in...

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A shopper in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

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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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William D. Smart, Jr., pastor of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, right, protests with fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) inside of a Subway restaurant in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2013.

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William D. Smart, Jr., pastor of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, right, protests with fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) inside of a Subway restaurant in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2013.

Minimum Wage Messaging Change: ‘Entry-Level’ Pay for Basics

In his last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama urged Congress to raise the minimum wage. It didn’t, despite broad public support for the idea. If you can’t win on the merits, change the messaging, says Leo Hindery,...

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Employees assemble variety packs of cookies at the Pepperidge Farm Inc. manufacturing facility in Richmond, Utah, on Nov. 18, 2013.

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Employees assemble variety packs of cookies at the Pepperidge Farm Inc. manufacturing facility in Richmond, Utah, on Nov. 18, 2013.

Jobs Report: Mixed Message

Updated at 9:20 and 10:05 am EST The jobless rate in the U.S. has fallen by more than one percentage point since President Barack Obama’s reelection. The rate stood at 6.7 percent in December, at the end of the first...

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Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada."

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Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada."

Nonpartisanship Springs From Labor’s Book List

Only in Washington could Milton Friedman share props with the devil and Prada. The capital is serving up a new crop of strange bedfellows courtesy of the Department of Labor and Library of Congress. As part of a campaign to...

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Job seekers wait in line to visit the U.S. Department of State booth at the Choice Career Fairs job fair in Arlington, Virginia.

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Job seekers wait in line to visit the U.S. Department of State booth at the Choice Career Fairs job fair in Arlington, Virginia.

Jobs Report: Visualize This

So the economy added 204,000 jobs in October — more than forecast. And the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.3 percent — a figure based on household surveys, and if the government asked a lot of government workers or contractors...

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U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) walks to the House Chamber for a vote on October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) walks to the House Chamber for a vote on October 16, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Boehner: Obamacare More of a Problem than a Solution

Updated at 10:18 am EDT The war on Obamacare goes on: With word about September’s employment gains out this morning — word delayed by the 16-day partial government shutdown over a Republican bid to block the president’s health-care program —...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, right, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speak to the media after a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2, 2013.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, right, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speak to the media after a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2, 2013.

Shutdown Journal: Day 3

Updated at 10:51 am through 2:55 pm EDT With Lisa Lerer reporting from the White House, Terry Atlas from the Senate House Speaker John Boehner has been telling fellow Republicans that he won’t allow the U.S. to default on its...

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