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3:15 AM ET, October 6, 2012

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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.
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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.
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 …
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Solid Jobs Report Spawns Crackpot ‘Job Truthers’ Movement
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...
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Meet the Incredible, Incoherent Jobs-Report Truthers
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
September jobs report: Debunking the jobs report conspiracy theories
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Joe Scarborough: Jobs Report Numbers 'Don't Add Up' (VIDEO)
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Santelli Smells A Rat: 'I Told You They'd Get It Under 8%—They Did!'
Discussion: Politico
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.”
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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Deborah Newell Tornello / Litbrit:
Mitt the Cheat: Busted in 8 Frames.  UPDATED 4X  —  I'm going to put the fourth update up here, because it's as probative a piece of evidence as it gets that Mitt Romney cheated and used crib-notes during Wednesday's presidential debate.  My thanks to @KatieAnnieOakly for this photograph pairing.
Discussion: US News, CBS DC and CANNONFIRE
Kyle Drennen / NewsBusters.org blogs:   Ed Schultz on ‘Today’: Obama Thrown Off by ‘So Many Lies’ From ‘Corporate Shark’ Romney
Daily Kos:
Did Mitt use crib notes for the debate?
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 …
Jim Siegel / The Columbus Dispatch:
Voting three days before election reinstated but not required  —  Early voting in Ohio began Tuesday.  These voters cast ballots at the Franklin County Board of Elections location on Morse Road.  —  The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today sided with the Obama campaign and Ohio Democrats …
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Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Appeals Court Rules Ohio Must Make Early Voting Available To All Voters
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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Peter Kirsanow / National Review:
Fact Check: Multiple Romney Falsehoods During Debate  —  Washington.  A fact check of claims made by Mitt Romney during Wednesday's domestic-policy debate shows numerous falsehoods, the magnitude of which could damage the electoral prospects of the Republican challenger.
Francisco Toro / The New Republic:
Hugo Chavez Might Actually Lose His Election on Sunday  —  CARACAS—The presidential election in Venezuela this Sunday really shouldn't be this close.  Counting on his legendary charisma and a dizzying oil boom that has brought nearly $1 trillion into state coffers during his tenure …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jim O'Grady / Transportation Nation:
Pro-Tolerance Ads Begin Appearing In NYC Subway  —  (New York, NY - WNYC) Three religious groups — two Christian and one Jewish — have decided to fight speech with speech in the clamor over a controversial subway ad.  Pro-Muslim ads from those groups have begun showing up in the New York City subway …
Discussion: Politico and Gawker
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Katy Davis / CMPA:
Study: Presidential Debaters More Aggressive in 2012
Discussion: Politico and Election 2012
Washington Free Beacon:
Meet the Obama Donors at the BLS  —  At least two economists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) have contributed to President Barack Obama's campaign.  Harley Frazis of Bethesda, MD, has contributed at least $2,000 to Obama and $9,000 to the Democratic National Committee over the last three election cycles.
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Hot Air
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
Associated Press:
Scalia: Abortion, death penalty “easy” cases  —  Justice Antonin Scalia says his method of interpreting the Constitution makes some of the most hotly disputed issues that come before the Supreme Court among the easiest to resolve.  —  Scalia calls himself a “textualist” and …
Mittromney / YouTube:
Facts Are Clear  —  mittromney Subscribe Subscribed Unsubscribe  —  1,987  —  Instead of creating jobs, President Obama is really creating debt.  Over thirty cents of every dollar is borrowed—much of it from China.  He's not just wasting money.  He's borrowing it, then wasting it.
Discussion: KDVR.com, The Fix, CNN and First Read
 
 
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Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Obama Weighs Retaliation for Attacks in Benghazi, Libya, That Killed Chris Stevens
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Jobless rate tumbles to near four-year low
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
In Virginia, Obama Touts Support for Abortion, Free Contraception
Discussion: LifeNews.com
Jamil Anderlini / Financial Times:
China's naked truths reveal emperor's garb
Discussion: The Peking Duck and Via Meadia
Ryan J. Reilly / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Has News For The Birthers: He's Not One Of Them
Lisa Fleisher / Wall Street Journal:
Halloween Horror Story: The Case of the Missing Pumpkin Lattes
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Max Brantley / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Romney Hits the Air Waves
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