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Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 4:06 pm
Cue the song "Anything You Can Do," from the musical "Annie Get Your Gun." The Obama and Romney campaigns have for all practical purposes started waging their general-election campaigns against each other.
The number of Americans filing first-time claims for jobless benefits fell by 12,000 last week, to 367,000 from 379,000 the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.
The agency also said that "the 4-week moving average was 375,750, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week's revised average of 377,750."
"In the end, it wasn't even close," The Seattle Times writes this morning.
By a 28-21 vote early Wednesday evening, the Washington State Senate approved a bill legalizing gay marriage in the state.