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Richard Branson, chairman and founder of Virgin Group Ltd., at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's 13th annual Aviation Summit in Washington, D.C. on April 3, 2014.

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Richard Branson, chairman and founder of Virgin Group Ltd., at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's 13th annual Aviation Summit in Washington, D.C. on April 3, 2014.

Scene in D.C.: Obama’s Team, Branson’s Rockets, Carter’s Camp David

“Don’t tear up the place,” President Barack Obama cautioned visitors in an East Room bustling with 200 rowdy athletes, most in Team USA uniforms. “We already did,” one shouted out. The president and wife Michelle welcomed teams and delegations from...

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Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2014 in Virginia.

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Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2014 in Virginia.

NASCAR, Olympic Medals, Film, TV: Give us a Tax Break

Democrat Mark Warner backs a NASCAR tax break. Republican Johnny Isakson supports one for film and television productions. And Democrat Thomas Carper backs a provision that aids U.S. multinational companies’ offshore operations. Those are among the key takeaways from the...

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Melodie Daoust #15 of Canada falls after colliding with Monique Lamoureux #7 of the United States during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 12, 2014.

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Melodie Daoust #15 of Canada falls after colliding with Monique Lamoureux #7 of the United States during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 12, 2014.

Obama Puts a Case on the Line With Harper Over Hockey

UPDATE: The Canadian women’s team prevailed over the U.S. squad in overtime in today’s match, 3-2, leaving it up to the American men tomorrow to salvage for national pride the bet delineated below… … There’s some tension between the U.S....

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Rebecca Torr of New Zealand competes in the Women's Slopestyle Qualification during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Feb. 6, 2014.

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Rebecca Torr of New Zealand competes in the Women's Slopestyle Qualification during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Feb. 6, 2014.

Olympic ‘Cool:’ Reason it’s on the Rise

Cool is cool. At the Olympic Games in recent years, the more cool the better. It’s the half-pipes and snowboards that draw the younger TV viewers. And that’s why, the folks at the Pew Research Center and The Economist note,...

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Clay Pell, grandson of the late Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-RI, and his wife, two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Michelle Kwan, enter the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.

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Clay Pell, grandson of the late Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-RI, and his wife, two-time Olympic figure skating medalist Michelle Kwan, enter the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014.

Michelle Kwan Skates Into Politics

Olympian Michelle Kwan skated into politics today. The two-time Olympic medalist figure skater and five-time world champion released a web video in support of her husband Clay Pell’s candidacy for governor of Rhode Island. The 60-second spot, which comes nine...

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio during a news conference following the weekly Republican Conference meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan 14, 2014.

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio during a news conference following the weekly Republican Conference meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan 14, 2014.

Boehner: Putin a ‘Thug,’ Snowden a ‘Traitor,’ Obama ‘Way Left’

Updated at 12:30 pm EST Guess who won’t be going to Sochi. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio says he’s never met President Vladimir Putin of Russia, host of the upcoming winter Olympic Games and harborer of the fugitive national...

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An American flag sweater, part of the official gear of the U.S. Olympic team.

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An American flag sweater, part of the official gear of the U.S. Olympic team.

U.S. Olympic Designer Wear (And Prices)

At least there’s no over-sized polo pony on them. Only over-sized stars and stripes. And that price: $598 for a sweater. This could only be Ralph Lauren, designer of the opening ceremony costumes for the U.S. Olympics teams competing in...

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The Olympic Rings outside Sochi International Airport on Jan 8, 2014 in Alder, Russia.

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The Olympic Rings outside Sochi International Airport on Jan 8, 2014 in Alder, Russia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 51%

About 51 percent of Americans say they are “especially looking forward to” the 2014 midterm elections, according to the Pew Research Center. That’s not far off the 58 percent who said the same about the Winter Olympics, which kick off...

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Oprah Winfrey speaks with Lance Armstrong during an interview regarding the controversy surrounding his cycling career on Jan. 14, 2013 in Austin, Texas.

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Oprah Winfrey speaks with Lance Armstrong during an interview regarding the controversy surrounding his cycling career on Jan. 14, 2013 in Austin, Texas.

Armstrong’s Confessions Stir No Interest from Federal Prosecutor

After weeks of public lashings and millions in lost sponsorship deals, Lance Armstrong finally received a shred of good news today. While Armstrong’s primetime television doping confession may have changed how people feel about the cancer-surviving former cycling champion, one...

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