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Job totals disappoint, unemployment rate dips

Job totals disappoint, unemployment rate dips

04/06/12 08:52AM

The Washington Post's Neil Irwin noted this morning that when it comes to the monthly jobs report, "We're due for a disappointing number." He was right -- though forecasts projected about 200,000 new jobs in March, the new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics fell short of expectations.The U.S. economy added 120,000 jobs last month, while the overall unemployment rate dipped slightly to 8.2%. read more

Morning Maddow: April 6

04/06/12 07:51AM

Caterpillar man (aka RNC Chair Reince Priebus) raising lots of money Newt Gingrich will not transform health after all. Guess who lobbied for the individual mandate.Another complication when states don't recognize marriages from other states.Senate to hold hearing on racial profiling for the first time since 9/11. Coast Guard sinks Japanese "ghost" ship read more

String theory: What's the deal with Tampa's twine ban?

String theory: What's the deal with Tampa's twine ban?

04/06/12 12:15AM

For this year's Republcian National Convention, tens of thousands of conventioneers and attendant media will converge with political protesters spanning the spectrum from tea partiers to occupiers into a relatively small area where not only are guns permitted, but it seems to be ok to shoot someone dead for engendering a threatened feeling. As Rachel pointed out Wednesday night, the proposed rules to keep all of these people safe seem a little inconsistent. read more

Metamorphic metaphor

Metamorphic metaphor

04/05/12 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Thursday’s show – one word: caterpillars! Plus, Republican positions on... watch

Thursday's Mini-Report

04/05/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned yesterday that Spain is "facing an economic situation of extreme difficulty, I repeat, of extreme difficulty.... Anyone who doesn't understand that is fooling themselves."* Closer to home, U.S. read more

Ahead on the 4/5 Maddow show

04/05/12 05:19PM

Tonight's guests include:Karen Finney, former DNC communications director, columnist for The Hill and msnbc contributorChris Hayes, host of “Up with Chris Hayes” on msnbcWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to let the ad below play out entirely before starting the video)Aaaaand here's Bill Wolff with a look at tonight's show:  read more

McConnell's 'dangerous line'

McConnell's 'dangerous line'

04/05/12 04:28PM

I know it's an election year. I also know Republican leaders like Mitch McConnell feel an obligation to pursue every manufactured outrage to its logical extreme -- and then go just a little further.But that doesn't make comments like these any less ridiculous.Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) slammed President Obama on Thursday for his earlier comments about the Supreme Court, accusing the president of an "intolerable" assault on the Judicial Branch. "The president crossed a dangerous line this week. read more

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