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3:25 PM ET, October 5, 2012

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Tim Catts / Bloomberg:
Former GE CEO Jack Welch Says White House Manipulates Jobs Data  —  History Says No  —  Former General Electric Co. (GE) Chief Executive Officer Jack Welch accused the Obama administration on Twitter of manipulating today's employment data for political advantage.
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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.
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
The sickly, stagnant September jobs report  —  Is this the Obama October Surprise?  —  Only in an era of depressingly diminished expectations could the September jobs report be called a good one.  It really isn't.  Not at all.  —  1. Yes, the U-3 unemployment rate fell to 7.8% …
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.
Talking Points Memo:
Romney: ‘This Is Not What A Real Recovery Looks Like’  —  Following news that the U.S. economy added 114,000 jobs in September, with unemployment falling to 7.8%, Mitt Romney on Friday released the following statement on the September unemployment report:
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 …
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.
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Jobless Rate Falls to 7.8%, Lowest Since January 2009
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Jobs report: 114K jobs added, jobless rate 7.8%; Update: CNBC confused by “contradictory” …
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
JACK WELCH: Obama Is Manipulating The Jobs Numbers Because His Debate Performance Was Awful
Discussion: GOP 12 and The PJ Tatler
Kevin A. Hassett / National Review:
Think Again about That ‘Good’ Jobs Report
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Meet the Incredible, Incoherent Jobs-Report Truthers
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Labor secretary ‘insulted’ by claims job numbers were rigged
Discussion: CNN
Geoffrey Rogow / Real Time Economics:
Impossible to Manipulate Labor Survey Data — Former BLS Head
Alex Kowalski / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobless Rate Declines to 7.8%; 114,000 Jobs Added
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Joe Scarborough: Jobs Report Numbers 'Don't Add Up' (VIDEO)
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Economix
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Santelli Smells A Rat: 'I Told You They'd Get It Under 8%—They Did!'
Discussion: Politico
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.
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
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Elias Isquith / The Atlantic Online:
Paul Ryan's Debt to Barry Goldwater—Who'd Be Mortified by Paul Ryan  —  The conservative scion vice-presidential nominee seeks to finish the work that the GOP started in 1964, with one crucial revision.  —  U.S Congress (Ryan); Library of Congress (Goldwater)
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 …
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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Bill Sizemore / Virginian-Pilot:
Ex-defense chief says hit on Iran would be disastrous  —  Painting a picture of internal political dysfunction in a dangerous world, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Wednesday night that a U.S. or Israeli attack on Iran would have disastrous consequences.
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Bloomberg:
Robert Gates Says Israel Is an Ungrateful Ally: Jeffrey Goldberg
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
Romney: ‘47 percent’ remarks were ‘completely wrong’  —  View Photo Gallery — Surrounded by four of his five sons, Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney makes a surprise appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Denver.  View more photos from the campaign trail.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
No, Romney Did Not “Move to the Center” in Debate  —  Before it becomes a kind of Fact-Made-Fact-By-Repetition, I'd like to challenge the much-assumed idea that in the first presidential debate Mitt Romney “moved to the center” in a real, substantive way.  This seems to be the conclusion …
Discussion: First Read, Mother Jones and Slate
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Moderate Mitt Returns!
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Ryan: Biden Coming at Me ‘Like a Cannonball’  —  Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan talk to each other on the phone almost every day, and the day of the first presidential debate was no exception.  “I told him after the debate that he crushed it,” Ryan told THE WEEKLY STANDARD in a phone interview Thursday night.
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.
CNN:
Deficit tops $1 trillion for 4th straight year  —  New York (CNNMoney) - The federal government logged a $1.1 trillion deficit in fiscal year 2012 - marking the fourth straight year of trillion-dollar shortfalls.  —  As a share of the economy, the deficit fell to roughly 7% …
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Boing!  —  Few disagree that Mitt Romney won Wednesday night's presidential debate.
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