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politics lead

July 1st, 2014
05:25 PM ET

Roundtable: Congress moves toward less disclosure on junkets

(CNN) – The House Ethics Committee just decided, in a closed door meeting, no less, that they're going to make it just a little bit harder for the public to follow the money on the privately-funded, all-expenses-paid trips lawmakers get to take all over the world.

Congress has a 16% approval rating going into the midterms, according to a June Gallup Survey. With stories like this out there, is it any wonder why?

Republican strategist John Feehery, and Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons discuss.

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money lead

July 1st, 2014
04:16 PM ET

Stocks on fire. Dow closes near 17,000

New York (CNNMoney) – As the second half of the year gets underway, investors are rushing onto the field ready to play hard.

The Dow jumped over 155 points (0.9%), while the S&P 500 is trading at a record of 1,976. The Nasdaq is also surging, up 1.3%. The Dow was less than 20 points away from crossing 17,000 for the first time ever.

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