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Jobless claims at lowest level since April '08

Jobless claims at lowest level since April '08

04/05/12 08:43AM

The general trend on initial unemployment claims over the last few months has been largely encouraging, and today's report offers additional good news.In fact, the new figures are the best since April 2008, and even exceeded positive expectations.The number of Americans who filed requests for jobless benefits fell by 6,000 last week to 357,000, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had projected claims would total 360,000, seasonally adjusted, in the week ended March 31. Claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 363,000 from 359,000. read more

Not your average Reagan

04/05/12 08:20AM

In his concession speech from Mars, Pennsylvania on Tuesday night, Rick Santorum gave President Obama a brief, perfunctory razzing before launching into a diatribe against his chief rival, Mitt Romney. Santorum justified his continued involvement in the Republican nomination process by arguing that there isn’t enough of a difference between Mitt Romney and President Obama, comparing his own campaign to Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign in 1976. “We don't win by moving to the middle,” Santorum said. read more

At least the green elephant is the same

At least the green elephant is the same

04/05/12 08:00AM

It may seem hard to believe now, but in the not-too-distant past, support for environmental protections and conservation efforts was bipartisan. Among Republicans, Teddy Roosevelt was a pioneer on the environment; Dwight Eisenhower established the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Richard Nixon created the EPA; and George H.W. Bush adopted an ambitious cap-and-trade policy to combat acid raid.But as the GOP has shifted to the far-right, Republican hostility towards the environment has grown. read more

Morning Maddow: April 5

Morning Maddow: April 5

04/05/12 07:33AM

For the fifth time in five years, a state chose to abolish the death penalty last nightThe headline Rick Santorum guaranteed we'd never see: Romney leads in PATo honor the 50th anniversary of the film, Obama hosts a screening of To Kill a MockingbirdSpeaking of movies, a plane in Australia had to make an emergency landing because of this movie titleThe Special Relationship does not, it turn out, include UK courtsHillary Clinton: the U.S. does not seek permanent military bases in AfghanistanBut we do have some military "advisers" in Mali following the coup read more

Links for the 4/4 TRMS

Links for the 4/4 TRMS

04/04/12 11:48PM

Could Pennsylvania End Santorum's Political Career Twice?Santorum might drop out rather than lose home state primary in PennsylvaniaSantorum's Fight to Stay Relevant Santorum aide: Priority is Pennsylvania or Texas; tough to win without one or both Permitted handguns will be allowed in RNC's 'clean zone' The Republican National Convention Will Host Armed Protesters read more

Maddow elder Muhumed Kheyr tells the history of Maddow village. January 16, 1988.

Random internet adventures: Not the maddow you're looking for edition

04/04/12 08:26PM

Last night, just as TRMS viewers were tucking into some GOP primary coverage hashtag bonding, a London-based Somali DJ was having some fun with #AccordingToSomalis as a running Twitter joke.Judging by the reactions and retweets, they're funny jokes."#AccordingToSomalis All maddows look like @MichealBlackson." Wait, what?As it happens, I've seen this connection between "maddow" and Somalia once before in a Twitter conversation between Somali men talking about their tastes in women. read more

All about acronyms

All about acronyms

04/04/12 08:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of Wednesday’s show – a 2006 memo from a State Department advisor, warning against prohibited acts of torture, has been released under FOIA. Plus Republican presidential... watch

An inside look at Santorum's endgame

An inside look at Santorum's endgame

04/04/12 08:00PM

John Brabender, senior strategist for the Santorum campaign talks with Rachel Maddow about Rick Santorum's argument that Republicans give up too many advantages of contrast if they nominate Mitt Romney. Maddow raises the issue of Santorum saying untrue... watch

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