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2:30 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.
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%
Dean Baker / CEPR:
Job Growth Slows Sharply In March, Unemployment Edges Down to 8.2 Percent
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.
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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.
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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Rick Santorum / CNN:   Santorum's daughter, ‘Bella,’ hospitalized again
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Santorum daughter Isabella hospitalized Friday
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Republican Committee Makes Big Turnaround on Fund-Raising  —  Once teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and irrelevance, the Republican National Committee has raised more than $110 million over the past 15 months and retired more than half its debt, accumulating large cash reserves …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
President Obama raises nearly $1.5 million in 3 hours
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
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
Mary E. O'Leary / The New Haven Register:
Sparks fly over Israel during Connecticut Democrats' U.S. Senate debate  —  moleary@nhregister.com / Twitter: @nhrmoleary  —  WEST HARTFORD — It was a new tone and a new day in the race for the U.S. Senate race among Democrats, when Lee Whitnum called one of the contenders “a whore” in his support for Israel and another “ignorant.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pirate's Cove
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:   Murphy called ‘whore’ in Dem debate
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 …
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.
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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The Media's Delegate Math is Wrong
The Post and Courier:
Schlafly says contraception issue contrived  —  Photo by Leroy Burnell/staffCitadel cadet Spencer Mellon (left) holds the door for Colleen Holmes, executive director the Eagle Forum (center), and Phyllis Schlafly.  The famous political activist delivered a lecture in a new course being offered …
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats give special interests a role at convention  —  Organizers have found ways to skirt their own rules and give corporations and lobbyists a presence at the national event in September.  The situation reflects President Obama's difficulties in delivering on a vow to limit the influence of money in politics.
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) …
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Not Enough Inflation  —  A few days ago, Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, spoke out in defense of his successor.  Attacks on Ben Bernanke by Republicans, he told The Financial Times, are “wholly inappropriate and destructive.”  He's right about that …
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin and Daily Kos
 
 
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Jesse Garza / JSOnline:
Democrats in recall race zero in on wealthy
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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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Josh Bivens / Economic Policy Institute:
Public-sector job losses: An unprecedented drag on the recovery
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Michael Collins / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Corker draws challengers from the left and right
 Earlier Items: 
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Santorum fights speculation his race has been run
Discussion: Mediaite and Wonkette
New York Times:
The Law of the Gun in Florida
PR Newswire:
PG-13 Rating Granted for BULLY by MPAA Without Cutting Crucial Scene
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
The Strange (and Formerly Sexist) Economics of Engagement Rings
Wall Street Journal:
Super PAC Money Stalled Despite Obama Greenlight
Discussion: ABCNEWS and News Desk