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July jobs report 'sluggish at best'

08/03/13 12:12PM

The jobs numbers are “sluggish at best” with 162,000 jobs added with expectations between 185,000-200,000 new jobs, USA Today contributor Regina Lewis said on Weekends with Alex Witt. “At this rate it will take seven more years to make up for the jobs lost,” she said. Even though unemployment is down, the numbers are misleading because participation is down, Lewis added. However the 6,000 added manufacturing jobs is a bright spot in the report. read more

Protesters crowd into Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office Tuesday July 16, 2013, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Dream Defenders organized a sit-in of Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office in response to the ‘not guilty’ verdict in the trial of George...

Stand your ground: 'No progress without struggle'

08/03/13 12:02PM

The Dream Defenders are gaining ground in their protest of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law. After camping out for 19 days in front of Florida’s Capitol building, Florida’s House Speaker Will Weatherford said he will order hearings on the controversial law that allows citizens to use lethal force in the name of self-defense. Executive Director of the Dream Defenders, Phillip Agnew, called the progress a “small victory,” but said on Saturday he understands affecting change is a “marathon and not a sprint.”  He added, “A few of us were joking that we’d love to see what 30, 40 days looks like.” read more

Palestinian Muslim worshipers walk towards the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank, on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan on August 2, 2013, as they head to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's...

US officials warn of 'serious' terror threats abroad

08/03/13 11:59AM

Lawmakers and U.S. officials are warning of possible terror threats to American interests abroad following the State Department's rare step to issue a worldwide alert for all U.S. citizens traveling overseas through August. The State Department also plans to close at least 22 U.S. embassies and consulates in 17 countries throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa on Sunday in response to warnings that al-Qaida and its affiliates "may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August." read more

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Weekends at the box office with Alex Witt

07/29/13 11:17AM

Hugh Jackman’s 6,000 calorie-a- day diet to transform into Wolverine paid off in dollars at box office this weekend. "The Wolverine" earned $55 million in ticket sales. It slashed the trend of other big-budget action films like "R.I.P.D.," "Pacific Rim," "The Lone Ranger," and "White House Down" flopping this summer. Last week’s box office leader, "The Conjuring," continued to summon audiences with $22.1 million in domestic sales. read more

File photo: New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand questions U.S. military leaders while they testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on pending legislation regarding sexual assaults in the military June 4, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by: Win...

Sexual assault a 'cultural problem' in military

07/28/13 06:48PM

An estimated 500 U.S. soldiers are sexually assaulted each week and, last year, 3,374 service members reported sexual assaults. About 90 percent of service members didn't report unwanted sexual contact. That’s more than 3,374 members of the armed forces who have been sexually assaulted by one of their own. read more

File photo: A picture dated July 7, 2011 shows Harry Potter author J K Rowling attending the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (Photo by: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images).

Rowling outed as author of detective novel

07/28/13 04:45PM

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy What was thought to be a surprisingly wonderful novel for a first time writer has instead been revealed as the work of J.K. Rowling, the famed author of the "Harry Potter" series. Rowling admitted last week to penning the novel "The Cuckoo's Calling" under the pseudo name Robert Galbraith. read more

File photo:  A person uses a credit card to complete a purchase at a Best Buy store in New York, New York, USA, on 09 December 2008. (Photo Credit: Justin Lane/EPA)

Sneaky credit card charges raking in billions

07/28/13 03:23PM

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Ever signed up for something advertised as  free of charge only to have that service turn into a costly monthly subscription? That surprise charge on a credit card statement is known as a “grey fee," an unwanted charges that occurs from misleading sales practices. These fees most often sneak up on consumers when a free trial or membership expires and is automatically renewed. read more

From left, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., Rev. Al Sharpton, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, during a rally before oral arguments in the Shelby County,...

Dem Rep. 'optimistic' about immigration reform

07/28/13 03:00PM

According to a new  National Journal Poll, 73% of Democratic respondents and 69% of Republican respondents believe that their representatives in Congress are unlikely to pass immigration reform. Democratic Congresswoman from Texas, Sheila Jackson Lee, however, said Sunday on Weekends with Alex Witt that she was not discouraged by the poll numbers. “I’m going to be optimistic because I don’t think Speaker Boehner has any choice, I don’t think the Republican Party has any choice," Jackson Lee said. "I believe this government will not be able to stand up to the voices of the people.” read more

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