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4:00 PM ET, April 6, 2012

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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The big March jobs miss — and why the real unemployment rate sure ain't 8.2%  —  Swing and a miss. A big miss. A really big miss. U.S. employers added just 120,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said on Friday.  That's the smallest increase since October.
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US Adds 120,000 Jobs; Unemployment Falls to 8.2%  —  U.S. payrolls rose far less than expected in March, keeping the door open for further monetary policy support from the Federal Reserve, even as the unemployment rate fell to a three-year low of 8.2 percent.
Free exchange:
Alternative jobs-report summary  —  TODAY, the Bureau of Labour Statistics released its March employment report.  There is a 90% chance that employment rose by between 20,000 and 220,000 jobs.  The change in the number of unemployed from February to March was probably between (roughly) …
Dean Baker / CEPR:
Job Growth Slows Sharply In March, Unemployment Edges Down to 8.2 Percent
Annalyn Censky / CNNMoney.com:
March jobs report: Hiring slows, Unemployment falls
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
U.S. hiring slowed sharply in March; unemployment fell to 8.2%
Z. Byron Wolf / ABCNEWS:
Bella Santorum Admitted to Hospital  —  Bella Santorum, the youngest daughter of Rick Santorum, has returned to the hospital.  —  “Rick and his wife Karen have taken their daughter Bella to the hospital,” Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a written statement.
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
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Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com:
Rick Santorum's Daughter Bella Hospitalized Again
Discussion: Hot Air and GOP 12
Rick Santorum / CNN:   Santorum's daughter, ‘Bella,’ hospitalized again
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum daughter Isabella hospitalized Friday
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Tom Hamburger / Washington Post:
Romney using ethics exception to limit disclosure of Bain holdings  —  Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, whose wealth has become a central issue in the 2012 campaign, has taken advantage of an obscure exception in federal ethics laws to avoid disclosing the nature and extent of his holdings.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
President Obama raises nearly $1.5 million in 3 hours
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
After a Weak Jobs Report, Romney Goes on the Attack
Discussion: Salon and Economix
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Scott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay Law … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  WASHINGTON — A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill.
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Jesse Garza / JSOnline:
Democrats in recall race zero in on wealthy
Discussion: National Review and Blogging Blue
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
David Brooks to the Rescue!  —  Last year, the New York Times' David Brooks was one of the pundits who declared Paul Ryan “brave” and “serious” for his proposal to pillage the social safety net and direct the spoils to rich people.  Since then—and in particular, the debt ceiling showdown …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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David Brooks / New York Times:
That Other Obama  —  President Obama is an intelligent, judicious man who can see all sides of an issue.  But every once in a while he tries to get politically cute, and he puts on his Keith Olbermann mask.  —  I suppose it's to his credit that he's most inept when he tries to take the low road.
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Murphy called ‘whore’ in Dem debate  —  Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) was called a “whore” by a primary opponent during Thursday night's debate for Connecticut's open Senate seat.  —  Lee Whitnum, who is mounting her second bid for the Senate in Connecticut, blasted Murphy over his support for Israel, the New Haven Register reported.
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Mary E. O'Leary / The New Haven Register:
Sparks fly over Israel during Connecticut Democrats' U.S. Senate debate
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pirate's Cove
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: Oh, for Some Kennedyesque Grace  —  Obama makes his campaign strategy clear.  It's divide and conquer.  —  These are things we know after President Obama's speech Tuesday, in Washington, to a luncheon sponsored by the Associated Press:  —  The coming election fully occupies his mind.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Betsy's Page
Investor's Business Daily:
Is Obama ‘Dangerously Close To Totalitarianism’?  —  Power: Given the president's end-runs around Congress, his shredding of the Constitution and his assault on the authority of the courts, a second term free of electoral restraints may be a frightening prospect.
Discussion: nation.foxnews.com and Cold Fury
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Rob Portman tops veepstakes  —  If he wins the GOP presidential nomination, Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick will ultimately come down to two basic choices: whether he wants a running mate who helps him govern or one who helps him politically.  —  Which imperative reigns won't be clear until …
Laurence H. Tribe / CNN:
The 5th Circuit Court's insult to Obama  —  Editor's note: Laurence H. Tribe is Carl M. Loeb University professor and professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School.  —  (CNN) — There has never been any doubt that President Obama fully accepts the Supreme Court's authority to render …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Clarence Thomas scolds colleagues for talking too much at oral arguments  —  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas defended his silence during the oral arguments last week on President Obama's healthcare law and scolded his colleagues for talking too much.  —  “I don't see where that advances anything …
Reuters:
NBC probe centers on staffer in shooting story error  —  (Reuters) - An internal NBC News probe has determined a “seasoned” producer was to blame for a misleading clip of a 911 call that the network broadcast during its coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting, according to two sources at the network.
Rachel West / WAVY-TV:
Navy F-18 crashes in Va. Beach  —  I-264 shut down in both directions at Laskin  —  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The Navy confirms to WAVY.com that an F-18 jet has crashed in Virginia Beach Friday afternoon.  —  Grazia Moyers, spokeswoman for the Virginia Beach Police Department …
Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Effort would change Texas primary to winner take all, benefit Santorum  —  Updated at 5:20 p.m. to include comments from the RNC throwing cold water on the winner-take-all effort:  —  A spokesman for the Republican National Committee said Texas would need — but not receive — a waiver from the national party to change its primary.
Discussion: Washington Post, GOP 12, The Page and CNN
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New York Times:
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Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Lisa Murkowski: ‘It Makes No Sense To Make This Attack On Women’
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Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats give special interests a role at convention
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Not Enough Inflation  —  A few days ago, Alan Greenspan …
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Tarek Amara / Reuters:
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