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Jobless claims edge above 400,000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week, popping above 400,000 for the first time in just over a month and reinforcing the view that the battered labor market was healing only slowly. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits climbed to a seasonally adjusted 402,000 from…

Fmr. Bush nominee: ‘Extending unemployment benefits is a terrible idea’

Despite unemployment benefits serving as a necessary last resort for jobless Americans, former George W. Bush labor secretary nominee Linda Chavez thinks Congress shouldn’t bother with them for now. “Extending unemployment benefits is a terrible idea,” Chavez told Fox and Friends Monday morning, as Congress prepares to take will decide…

Yep, their plan is for you to work until you keel over

Steve Benen has a post up expressing amazement that Republicans have decided to make “starve the unemployed” a talking point. Not that it’s surprising that many Republicans believe that unemployment benefits are wrong because they give people who live paycheck to paycheck the occasional opportunity to avoid taking extremely shitty,…

Foot, Meet Bullet. I Shot It At You.

I really don’t understand how multiple Republican Senators saying that people are voluntarily unemployed because of unemployment benefits isn’t blaring from every cable pundit’s mouth and every Democrat’s press office as the worst thing anyone’s ever said (seeing as how it kind of, er, is). Politico, of course, has the…

Men Of Pure Genius

Sometimes, a man walks among us who simply spouts the bon mots of the heavens, who says things so wise, so true, that we must simply stop and reflect upon their wisdom lest it is lost in the hubbub of our mundane, everyday lives. Sadly, Matt Continetti is just a…

Race-baiting Rush needs to get his Klan garb out of the cleaners

He needs it straight away for popping off this offensive sh*t. LIMBAUGH: As the economy performs worse than expected, the deficit for the 2010 budget year beginning in October will worsen by $87 billion to $1.3 trillion. The deterioration reflects lower tax revenues and higher costs for bank failures, unemployment…

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