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Jobless claims reach four-year low

Jobless claims reach four-year low

02/16/12 08:40AM

The general trend on initial unemployment claims over the last few months has been largely encouraging, despite occasional setbacks, and most analysts expected this morning's report to show a modest uptick in filings.The good news is, that didn't happen. The better news is, initial jobless claims have reached a level so low, the numbers haven't been this good in four years.Weekly jobless claims in the U.S. fell by 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 348,000 in the week ended Feb. 11, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest level since March 2008, when the U.S. read more

Congress strikes a deal on payroll cut

02/16/12 08:00AM

It wasn't easy, and there were times yesterday when the deal was in doubt, but shortly after midnight, as Tricia noted earlier, bipartisan talks produced an agreement on extending the payroll tax break through the end of the year.Members of a House-Senate committee charged with writing a measure to extend a payroll tax reduction said Wednesday that their work was done, just shy of an hour before their deadline to get a bill ready for a Friday vote.After fighting until the very final hour over how to pay for parts of a $150 billion plan that would also extend unemployment benefits and prevent a read more

Morning Maddow: February 16

02/16/12 07:44AM

The deal to extend the payroll tax cuts is finalized.Santorum releases his tax returns.New Jersey's Assembly votes on same-sex marriage today, and after a procedural delay so does Maryland's House.The Daily Kos announces Operation Hilarity.The actress in that awful Pete Hoekstra ad apologizes.Want to know what's going wrong in Yemen? Start here.Humans and robots can get along! read more

Commemorative Bob McDonnell vaginal  ultrasound probes!

Commemorative Bob McDonnell vaginal ultrasound probes!

02/16/12 01:26AM

As featured in tonight's segment on Virginia's pending law to require transvaginal ultrasounds of women seeking abortions, commemorative vaginal probes like these could one day be collectors' items should Virginia governor Bob McDonnell join the Republican ticket as the vice presidential candidate in 2012:*Special thanks to Ali Davis and Jess Idres for their contributions.  read more

Funniest thing millions of people have apparently already seen before me but I'm sharing just in case you also missed it:

02/15/12 09:06PM

This chipper gal explaining to Chinese people how to say "boogers" and other stuff that comes out of your face as part of an educational series on American slang:The Atlantic interviewed her last week and the Washington Post profiled her last fall. The short version: She's Jessica Beinecke, a 24-year-old midwestern American of naturally lively disposition who works for Voice of America. read more

Ahead on the 2/15 Maddow show

02/15/12 07:23PM

Bill Nemitz, columnist for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram State Delegate David Englin, (D) Virginia, proposed Amendment to Virginia Ultrasound BillRep. Tammy Baldwin, (D) WisconsinWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just make sure the ad below plays out entirely, before starting the video)Executive producer Bill Wolff shares a preview of tonight's show: read more



02/15/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the Maine GOP caucus reaches a new level of farce, plus the... watch

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02/15/12 06:51PM

TRMS would like to thank everyone for wishing the great state of Arizona a happy 100th birthday and add these wishes of our own: We kid because we love —have you ever seen a celebrity roast?— and mostly we're just jealous because Arizona (and its people) are so off-the-charts beautiful. We got many, many astute comments, like this one:akmadison: Happy Centennial, Arizona! As you walk along life's highway, pause to consider that you might all be considered illegal immigrants--to the Navajo...But the one I like best is this:Angeni Lemieux: Happy 100th Birthday! read more