Former US Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole announced on Thursday that he has lung cancer and will begin treatment next week."Recently, I was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer," the 97-year-old former senator from Kansas said in a tweet."My first treatment will begin on Monday," he said. "While I certainly have some hurdles ahead, I also know that I join millions of Americans who face significant health challenges of their own."Dole battled back from being severely wounded during World War II to become a five-term US senator and the Republican Party's 1996 presidential nominee.Dole lost the White House race to Democrat Bill Clinton, 20 years after losing the 1976 election as Gerald Ford's running mate, making him the only person to lose both the presidential and vice presidential elections on a major party ticket.Dole was elected to the US House of Representatives from Kansas in 1960 and won election to the US Senate in 1968.He was re-elected four times, serving both as Senate majority and minority leader over the years.Dole won the Republican presidential nomination on his third attempt, in 1996, making him at the time, at age 73, the oldest ever first-time nominee for the White House.He was soundly defeated, however, after an uninspiring campaign, with Clinton capturing 379 electoral votes to Dole's 159.
The number of Americans filing first-time jobless claims has sharply fallen, remaining historically high but coming in under expectations. The Labor Department said Thursday that 730,000 Americans filed new jobless claims last week, a decline of 111,000 claims from the revised level of the week before. The previous week's number of claims was revised down by 20,000, the Labor Department said. Economists were expecting about 845,000 jobless claims to be filed last week, CNBC reports. The drop in jobless claims came as welcome news after a spike last week, even as the latest number still remained higher than the pre-pandemic record of 695,000. At the same time, experts warned of a potential rebound to come, noting recent winter weather could be a factor in the decline. "The sharp drop in jobless claims likely is due to people in states hit hardest by last week's huge storm, especially Texas, having better things to do than make jobless claims," Pantheon Macroeconomics chief economist Ian Shepherdson said, per CNBC. "We expect a rebound next week. The trend seems to be about flat, but we remain of the view that claims will soon start to trend down, slowly at first but then more quickly as the reopening of the economy accelerates in April and May."
In an op-ed, the former vice president criticized Democratic efforts to counter voter suppression and echoed Republican anger at the 2020 election.      
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