The unemployment rate fell from 7.6% percent to 7.4% in July. But don't break out the party hats: One major reason the rate continued to edge downward was that more people have given up the search for work entirely in a sluggish economy. read more
1. There are fast food strikes happening all over the country. Low-wage workers are asking for a living wage. So here's a question for you: how much more are you willing to pay for a burger to ensure a fast food worker gets higher wages? The 'McPoverty Calculator' over at The Daily Beast will tell you how far your contribution could go.
2. The GrOpener: Because we needed an invention that makes opening bottles even easier.
3. A baby is born at L'Enfant Plaza.
Of all the DC Metro stations a baby could be born at, of course it would be L'Enfant Plaza... #metrobaby read more
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is being called out for his witch hunt against renowned climate scientist Michael Mann... by Michael Mann, as he joins Chris Hayes to explain why it is important for voters to know who Cuccinelli really is. watch
Interns at progressive magazine The Nation have found a new venue for salary negotiations: the magazine's own letters to the editor section.
The latest issue of The Nation, dated August 19-26, features a letter to the editor from 12 recent former interns, asking that future interns be better paid. The Nation Institute, in another letter to the editor, agreed. read more
Thursday night on All In with Chris Hayes: Admitted Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro made a dramatic statement at his sentencing hearing, refuting characterizations of him as a "monster" and downplaying the severity of his crimes. Castro insisted that he is "just sick," suffering from an addition to sex and pornography, and was never violent to his victims. read more
Democrats were positively giddy when the House GOP pulled the emergency brake on a key spending bill on Wednesday, as moderate Republicans rebelled against the chamber's draconian cuts to transportation and housing.
This was the moment progressives had been waiting for. "What you saw yesterday was an epic collapse, with the House GOP proving that they can’t make their own budget workable. They can’t get it passed in their own chamber," said Eli Zupnick, a spokesman for the Senate Budget Committee. read more
On All In Wednesday night, Chris Hayes spoke with former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa about the city police department's new racial profiling mediation program. Under the new approach, police officers who face complaints of profiling will be able to meet face to face with their accusers to talk about the incident. The Los Angeles Police Department has come under fire in recent years for its pattern of racial profiling, with the ACLU finding that African Americans and Hispanics in L.A. "are over-stopped, over-frisked, over-searched and over-arrested." read more