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Jobs picture continues to improve, economy adds 227K

Jobs picture continues to improve, economy adds 227K

03/09/12 08:49AM

Most estimates in advance of today's new jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggested the economy added about 210,000 jobs in February. As it turns out, we did even better than that.The U.S. economy added 227,000 jobs last month, while the overall unemployment rate remained steady at 8.3%. read more

House GOP leaders are still struggling to lead their caucus.

'Playing with fire' on 2013 budget

03/09/12 08:00AM

Congressional Democrats and Republicans have been expected to have plenty of arguments in 2012, but the budget process was expected to go relatively smoothly. So much for that idea.Just seven months ago, the parties agreed to spending levels for the upcoming year, as part of the debt-ceiling negotiations. With those figures already locked in, the most contentious part of the budget was already addressed. read more

Morning Maddow: March 9

03/09/12 07:45AM

The Arizona Senate approves a bill protecting doctors who don't disclose information that might lead a pregnant woman to choose abortion.The Senate rejects the Keystone XL pipeline.Mitt Romney's high cost per vote.Registering to vote by smartphone.Well that settles it: Sen. Inhofe invokes Genesis to refute climate change.Meet the Congressman who wants to repeal health reform, Medicaid and the Child Health Insurance Program.The Space Shuttle flies again. read more

Ahead on the 3/8 Maddow show

03/08/12 09:18PM

Tonight's guests include:Frank Rich, writer-at-large for New York MagazineGovernor Martin O’Malley, (D) MarylandWhile watching tonight's video preview, take a listen to tonight's soundtrack. (Just be sure to allow the ad below to play out entirely before starting the video)Senior show producer Cory Gnazzo shars a preview of tonight's show:  read more

Higgs event

Challenge: (Physicists)x = LOL. Solve for x.

03/08/12 08:00PM

Yesterday my colleague Nazanin Rafsanjani sent around a New York Times story about the search for the theoretical Higgs boson, aka the "God Particle." Teams of physicists are trying to find out why particles have mass by smashing atoms into each other inside particle accelerators. They hope that by breaking them into measurable bits, one MIGHT turn out to be the Higgs boson, which is theorized to bestow mass upon other particles. Still with me? Anyway, Nazanin flagged one bit of the story in particular (get it? read more

The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff

03/08/12 07:00PM

Cory Gnazzo, senior show producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – we’ve got Frank Rich on the show tonight to discuss the fight for women’s health rights, plus how voter ID laws will affect the election this year, and... watch

O'Malley warns of hard right turns

O'Malley warns of hard right turns

03/08/12 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow shares a video clip of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley warning voters of the consequences of voting in conservative politicians, as Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, the picture of those consequences, looks on. watch

Trying to vote, Texas edition

03/08/12 06:14PM

The group Tennessee Citizen Action sends a follow-up video from the former Marine who challenged the new state law requiring you to show photo ID at the polls. Instead of going after a poll worker, this time Tim Thompson makes his pitch to the camera:What we should do is vote these people out of office, that put this law in effect. Because they don’t have our rights in the best interest. They don’t have the American people’s rights in the best interest. If they want to put the condition on our rights, that’s not justice. That’s not what we voted them into office for. read more