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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Meet The Conservatives Who Think Today's Job Numbers Are A Conspiracy  —  The Bureau of Labor Statistics released an unexpectedly strong monthly jobs report on Friday, finding a dramatic drop in unemployment to 7.8 percent and revised the number of jobs added in July and August up from initial estimates.
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Congressman Allen West / Facebook:
In regards to today's Jobs report—I agree with former GE CEO Jack Welch, Chicago style politics is at work here...  We all want the suffering of the American people from this rampant scourge of unemployment to end.  However, today's jobs report is confusing to say the least.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The unemployment truthers are not helping Romney  —  So the unemployment rate truthers are in a panic this morning.  Some conservatives are angrily claiming that the new Labor Department stats finding unemployment below eight percent were cooked to help Obama win reelection.
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Solid Jobs Report Spawns Crackpot ‘Job Truthers’ Movement  —  This post has been updated.  —  The economy added 114,000 jobs in September and unemployment declined to 7.8 percent.  Not great numbers, but paired with major upward revisions to previous monthly reports and taken in the context …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Jobs News Makes Obama's Case Easier  —  Whenever a new set of jobs numbers is announced, it is important to keep in mind just how noisy the data can be.  —  Forecasts of the monthly growth in nonfarm payrolls miss by 68,000 jobs on average.  That means that the margin of error on the forecasts …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
September jobs report: Debunking the jobs report conspiracy theories  —  Look at that graph.  There's nothing all that amazing, or all that weird, about this month's numbers.  —  We've hit that moment in the election when people begin to lose their minds.
Tim Catts / Bloomberg:
Former GE CEO Jack Welch Says White House Manipulates Jobs Data
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
The sickly, stagnant September jobs report
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Meet the Incredible, Incoherent Jobs-Report Truthers
Geoffrey Rogow / Real Time Economics:
Impossible to Manipulate Labor Survey Data — Former BLS Head
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Joe Scarborough: Jobs Report Numbers 'Don't Add Up' (VIDEO)
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Jobs report: 114K jobs added, jobless rate 7.8%; Update: CNBC confused by “contradictory” …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Santelli Smells A Rat: 'I Told You They'd Get It Under 8%—They Did!'
Discussion: Politico
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Jobless rate tumbles to near four-year low
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney “Cheat Sheet” Was A Handkerchief, Campaign Says  —  Conspiracy theory of the day.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  ABINGTON, Va. — Mitt Romney's campaign is shooting down a simmering online theory the Republican nominee used a “cheat sheet” in Wednesday night's debate against President Barack Obama.
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Daily Kos:
Did Mitt use crib notes for the debate?  —  There is a scandal brewing that suggests that Mitt Romney used crib notes for the debate.  This is of course, C-H-E-A-T-I-N-G!, and would be awful if true.  —  I believe the candidates are only supposed to have a blank piece of paper (pad) and a pen at the podium, provided by the CPD.
Culture Desk:
Cover Story: The First Presidential Debate  —  Here's a sneak preview of next week's cover, “One on One,” by Barry Blitt.  “This image seemed like a proper response to the first Presidential debate,” says Blitt, “but I'm not sure I realized how hard it is to caricature furniture.”
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA): Evolution, Big Bang ‘Lies Straight From The Pit Of Hell’  —  Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) tore into scientists as tools of the devil in a speech at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman's Banquet last month.  —  “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology …
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Email Shows State Department Rejecting Request of Security Team at US Embassy in Libya  —  (Image Credit: Ibrahim Alaguri/AP Photo)  —  ABC News has obtained an internal State Department email from May 3, 2012, indicating that the State Department denied a request from the security team …
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Obama Weighs Retaliation for Attacks in Benghazi, Libya, That Killed Chris Stevens
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
Bloomberg:
Robert Gates Says Israel Is an Ungrateful Ally: Jeffrey Goldberg  —  It was an extraordinary scene: President Barack Obama, sitting impassively in the Oval Office in May as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lectured him, at considerable length and at times condescendingly …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Exclusive: Jim Lehrer says he was ‘effective’ as presidential debate moderator  —  I didn't follow it carefully,' he said |  Jim Lehrer has been widely criticized for his passive performance as the moderator of Wednesday's night's presidential debate, but in his first post-debate interview …
Jacob Bernstein / New York Times:
Patrick Abner and Thomas Roberts  —  EVEN news anchors with matinee-idol looks can get a case of the jitters.  —  Of course, this isn't exactly how Thomas Roberts — a fairly down-to-earth guy and the 11 a.m. host of “MSNBC Live” — describes himself.  —  But it is what happened back in September 2000.
BuzzFeed:
Obama Deploys Big Bird To Romney Rally  —  And the Democratic National Committee releases a new web video mocking Romney for wanting to cut the subsidy for PBS.  Furry politics.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  Statement from Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith:
Discussion: PJ Media
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Linda Morrison / Quad City Times:
I was not calling Ryan out  —  I am the woman in the Green Bay Packer jacket at Rep. Paul Ryan's rally in Clinton who asked him the question about specific plans to fix our economy.  Needless to say, I was quite shocked to learn the Obama campaign seized my question, putting out the statement …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Hill
Paula Bolyard / PJ Media:
Ohio Poll Analyst: Voter Turnout Modeling Predicts Big Ohio Trouble for Obama … That's the analysis of Clinton Cooper at Election Insights, an Ohio firm that uses geographic information systems (GIS) and election data to illustrate the political landscape of the electorate.
Jason Sickles / Yahoo! News:
Boy Scout denied Eagle award after coming out  —  A longtime Boy Scout claims he's being denied the organization's highest honor because he's gay.  —  Ryan Andresen, who lives near San Francisco, recently finished an extensive service project needed to earn his Eagle Scout award, but his troop leader refuses to give him the rank.
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Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Has News For The Birthers: He's Not One Of Them  —  Paul Ryan has figured out a way of letting the birthers down gently.  —  Like many of his fellow congressmen, Ryan has been bombarded for years with letters from conspiracy theorists who believe President Obama was somehow secretly born …
Max Brantley / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Republican extremists, in their own words  — SLAVERY HAD ITS PLUSES: Republican Rep. Jon Hubbard.  —  Extremism is no vice among Arkansas Republicans.  And, no, I'm not talking about neo-Confederate Republican Rep. Loy Mauch, who once tried to have Abraham Lincoln's bust removed from the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama pays price for ducking the questions  —  Barack Obama received a valuable reminder in his drubbing at Wednesday night's debate: He is a president, not a king.  —  In the hours after the Republican challenger Mitt Romney embarrassed the incumbent in their first meeting …
 
 
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
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