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Job growth picks up steam, reaches 2-year high

Job growth picks up steam, reaches 2-year high

02/03/12 08:54AM

Expectations for today's new jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics were modest, at best. The most optimistic forecasts projected growth of about 155,000.The nation did much better than that, adding 243,000 jobs in January, as the overall unemployment rate dropped to 8.3%. The job totals are the best we've seen in two years, and the jobless rate has reached its lowest level in three years.As is always the case, there was a gap between the private and public sectors. read more

Morning Maddow: February 3

02/03/12 07:40AM

Mitt Romney: "I misspoke" about the poor. Apparently he also "misspoke" about a symbol of patriotism.Newt Gingrich doesn't connect with Las Vegans.A look at the Gingrich campaign's edits to Callista Gingrich's wikipedia page.Blue-Dog Democrat and C-Street House resident Rep. Heath Shuler to retire.Susan G. Komen website is hacked.2 American tourists kidnapped in Egypt. read more

Apps schmapps

Apps schmapps

02/02/12 07:52PM

Every now and then someone asks about a Rachel Maddow Show Android app. We've got an iPhone/iPod app and an iPad app, so Android users are understandably feeling left out. But did you know that both this blog and the video page automatically sense when they're being viewed on a phone and give you a view that is adjusted accordingly? read more

So much to say

So much to say

02/02/12 07:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – where the lines of religion and politics meet in the... watch

Ahead on the 2/2 Maddow show

02/02/12 06:57PM

Tonight's guests include:E.J. Dionne, columnist for the Washington Post, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and msnbc contributorSpencer Ackerman, senior reporter for Danger Room at Wired.comRep. Diana DeGette, (D) Colorado, chief deputy whip and co-chair of the Pro-Choice CaucusWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to let the ad on the video play out before you start the song!)Senior show producer Cory Gnazzo shares a preview of tonight's show: read more

Thursday's Mini-Report

02/02/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* The DNC was so excited about Donald Trump's endorsement of Mitt Romney, it released this clip before the official announcement was made:* Republican lawmakers don't want to hear this, but aggressive debt reduction would be awful for economic growth.* Would China work with the International Monetary Fund to shore up Europe's finances?* The White House has heard plenty of pushback over its decision to have insurers cover contraception as preventive care. read more

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