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Dep't. of What? Again? Weekly Jobless Claims Fall More than Expected #BlameObama

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Today's jobless claims Quickie:

I know what you're saying: What? Again? Yes, again. There is more good news about jobless claims. Yes, despite Republican Congress members blocking everything blockable, we are seeing jobless claims continue to drop under President Obama's watch.

Bummer, huh?

Here it is, directly from everyone's favorite source for all things informative, the most accurate, trusted name in news, Fox! Take it away, Fox Biz! Via an email alert:

The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits fell last week to 298,000, from an upwardly revised 312,000 the week prior. Economists expected claims to fall to 300,000 from an initially reported 311,000.

More:

(Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell slightly more than expected last week, pointing to a sustained improvement in labor market conditions.

Me oh my. What's a GOP obstructionist to do?

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Quickie: Rand Paul is "writing" a book

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Got time for another Quickie?

Via The Hill:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is working on a new book slated for release next year at the same time he decides on a potential 2016 presidential bid. [...]

His office said it was still being written.

And by written, they meant plagiarized.

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Quickie: Former Sen. Larry "Wide Stance" Craig in legal hot water again

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Today's Quickie:

Back in March, I posted: Judge questions ex-Sen. Larry "Wide Stance" Craig's use of campaign cash to pay for legal defense.

Seems we have a sequel:

Idaho: Craig Defense Money Contested  by the Associated Press, via a New York Times news alert:

Federal election regulators want former Senator Larry Craig to pay $140,000 in fines and return nearly $217,000 to his campaign, arguing that he misused the money to fund his legal defense after his 2007 arrest in an airport bathroom sex sting.

If it isn't one thing, it's another.

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Quickie: Ross Perot donates $1,000,000 to Planned Parenthood

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Today's Quickie:

Ross Perot donated $1,000,000 to Planned Parenthood of Texas. How novel to see money going to such a good cause. Eat your heart out, pro-forced birthers.

And what a huge relief to women who depend on Planned Parenthood for health services such as cancer screenings. File this under "genuine life saver."

Via Mediaite:

For nearly 100 years Planned Parenthood has helped to educate men and women regarding family planning and general family health,” said Margot Perot, speaking for the Perot Foundation of Dallas. “Our family has supported this nonprofit for many years because we are impressed with the work they do—providing birth control; scientifically based education; breast health exams; and basic, life-saving healthcare for women who cannot afford services otherwise.

[h/t Salon]

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Quickie: Weekly jobless claims fall to 331,000, U.S. 2Q GDP revised up to 2.5%

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Today's Quickie:

Fox Biz just loves to email me with news alerts. Why, here's one now! And it's not even critical of President Obama!

The Labor Department reports weekly jobless claims fell to 331,000 from an upwardly revised 337,000 the week prior. Economists expected claims to fall to 332,000 from an initially reported 336,000.

The Commerce Department reports the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.5% in the second quarter, up from a reading of 1.7%, also higher than expectations of 2.2%.

blame obama Bush's fault smaller

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Quickie- Economy adds 165,000 jobs in April, unemployment down

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Nice way to start the day, even if it's followed by a doctor's visit.

(CNN) - The U.S. economy added 165,000 jobs in April, the Labor Department said Friday. Unemployment rate slipped to 7.5% from 7.6% in March.

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Quickie-- MSNBC headline: "Conclave mania!" Enough already.

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Today's Quickie:

Will someone tell me why MSNBC is treating the Popey Changey thing as a coming attraction trailer for a movie or a promo for a new reality series?

I flipped over to the cable news network during a break from the Stephanie Miller Show on Current. My bad. They introduced the "Selection of the Pope" segment with choir voices singing over a bright white graphic of the heavens, complete with sun rays and white fluffy clouds. I can't recall the title, but the overall impression I got was of a glossy pre-Oscar ad.

Shortly thereafter, this headline appeared in BIG BOLD LETTERS across the screen:

CONCLAVE MANIA!

Seriously. This is what cable news has come to.

Via art.1stdibs.com

Via art.1stdibs.com

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