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Magic Number of the Day

A President Barack Obama supporter in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A President Barack Obama supporter in Des Moines, Iowa.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $240 M

That’s how much super-political action committees have raised thus far in the 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group in Washington that tracks political giving. Super-PACs grew out of a series of regulatory and...

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President Barack Obama during a campaign rally at Hillsborough Community College on June 22, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.

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President Barack Obama during a campaign rally at Hillsborough Community College on June 22, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 359

That’s how many electoral votes President Barack Obama would have won in the 2008 election if it were re-run using revised Electoral College vote allocations that will be in effect for the November election. That’s a decrease of six from...

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Antonio Villaraigosa is greeted by Filipino World War II veterans, including some who were on the Bataan Death March, at the Philippine Village Community Center in the Los Angeles.

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Antonio Villaraigosa is greeted by Filipino World War II veterans, including some who were on the Bataan Death March, at the Philippine Village Community Center in the Los Angeles.

Magic Number of the Day: 18.2 million

That’s the number of U.S. residents of Asian descent, according to Census Bureau estimates as of July 1, 2011. Asian-Americans accounted for about 5.8 percent of the nation’s population at that time, Census data show. Asians have surpassed Hispanics as...

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Mitt Romney, left, and Gov. Scott Walker at Monterey Mills during a campaign stop on June 18, 2012 in Janesville, Wis.

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Mitt Romney, left, and Gov. Scott Walker at Monterey Mills during a campaign stop on June 18, 2012 in Janesville, Wis.

Magic Number of the Day: 74

That’s the number of electoral votes in the six states on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign bus tour, which takes him to Wisconsin (10 electoral votes) and Iowa (6) today. Romney will conclude the tour tomorrow in Michigan (16),...

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A teen fills out a job application during The Summer Youth Jobs & Training Expo 2012 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

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A teen fills out a job application during The Summer Youth Jobs & Training Expo 2012 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

Magic Number of the Day: 41

That’s the share of the nation’s net decline in full-time jobs among workers under age 25, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Youth employment is an issue in the presidential election between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt...

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