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Chart: Presidents and unemployment

Chart: Presidents and unemployment

07/05/11 03:27PM

Chris Young sends this chart from Claremont, California. The chart considers the percentage change in unemployment over each presidential term. Chris writes:With all the talk about republicans being "job creators" I got to wondering if that was actually true. This little chart shows the percent change in unemployment by president over the last 63 years. It makes the change in unemployment quite evident when only 1 republican president was able to leave office with a lower unemployment rate than when he entered. Every Democrat has however reduced the unemployment rate... read more

The coming drone wars

07/05/11 01:03PM

The Associated Press published a profile this morning of "John," the veteran CIA analyst tasked (for the better part of a decade) with finding Osama bin Laden. It is more than just an insider's look at espionage; there are some insights about military policy, as well. One insight concerns how drones factored into the hunt for bin Laden:While he was shepherding the hunt for bin Laden, John also was pushing to expand the Predator program, the agency's use of unmanned airplanes to launch missiles at terrorists. read more

Political metaphor finds place to land

07/05/11 11:20AM

New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks on Republicans' not accepting the Democrats' offer of almost exactly what they want on the deficit:But we can have no confidence that the Republicans will seize this opportunity. That’s because the Republican Party may no longer be a normal party. Over the past few years, it has been infected by a faction that is more of a psychological protest than a practical, governing alternative.The members of this movement do not accept the logic of compromise, no matter how sweet the terms. read more

Mitt Romney: Obama made it worse (and I didn't say that)

07/05/11 10:01AM

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has kept right on saying that thing that he says he didn't say. Last week in Allentown, Pennsylvania, NBC producer Sue Kroll asked Mr. Romney why he says President Obama made the economy worse, when in fact it has gotten better since he took office. "I didn't say that things are worse," Mr. Romney answered.Oh, but he had, and this weekend on the campaign trail, he said it repeatedly. "He made the recession worse and the recovery more anemic," Mr. Romney told a crowd in Amherst, New Hampshire, yesterday.Just now, NBC News reports that Mr. read more

Nerka the stuffed salmon at the Whittier Tunnel in Alaska. (h/t: Roll Call)

Morning Maddow: July 5

07/05/11 08:01AM

Obama administration proposes cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.1,300 state workers in Florida have lost their jobs under the new budget.The scope of the oil spill in the Yellowstone River may grow.So that ATF gun-tracking program the NRA is so mad about? Guess who's indirectly responsible for it.A fascinating portrait of "John", the CIA analyst who hunted down Osama bin Laden.Secret Service to probe the hack on Fox News' twitter feed.Last Vietnam draftee is leaving the army, which will finally be all volunteer.What you're really looking at when navel-gazing. read more

Links for the 7/1 TRMS

Links for the 7/1 TRMS

07/02/11 03:59AM

.pdf">PLANNED PARENTHOOD MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA, and CAROL E. BALL, M.D., vs. DENNIS DAUGAARD, Governor, MARTY JACKLEY, Attorney General, DONEEN HOLLINGSWORTH, Secretary of Health, Department of Health, and ROBERT FERRELL, President, Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners, in their official capacities (pdf) Tonight on #Maddow: Cooking with #Iowa Feb 8, 2011 - U.S. Army Outlaws Vibram Five Fingers U.S. read more

Hey, the Maddow newsletter upgrade is coming July 6

Hey, the Maddow newsletter upgrade is coming July 6

07/01/11 10:23PM

As many of you know, if at some point in the past you clicked the "subscribe to the newsletter" button on the right side of the blog under the ad, you've been receiving a daily e-mail listing the MaddowBlog posts from the previous day. If you clicked that button recently, you've had a sneak peek at the upgraded version of the newsletter that will now also include links to the previous night's video clips, plus the newest tweets from @MaddowBlog and more, in addition to the most recent blog links.We're formally launching the upgraded version next Wednesday, July 6, so a heads up. read more

Treats of the campaign trail

Treats of the campaign trail

07/01/11 08:00PM

Cynthia Ross Freidoff and Melissa Freidoff Rogers, owner and manager of Ross' restaurant in Bettendorf, Iowa, prepare their special "Magic Mountain" and ... watch

How fireworks work

How fireworks work

07/01/11 08:00PM

Amy Kule, the executive producer of the 35th annual "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular," talks TRMS producer Will Femia about the construction of... watch

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