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3:25 PM ET, October 8, 2010

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Ezra Klein:
Welcome to the anti-stimulus  —  The good news: The private sector gained 64,000 jobs in September.  The bad news?  The public sector lost 159,000.  And they weren't all census jobs, either.  Local governments fired 76,000 workers.  In other words, this is the first jobs report in recent months that isn't driven by census layoffs.
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Cuts in Government Led U.S. Economy to Lose 95,000 Jobs  —  The economy shed 95,000 nonfarm jobs in September, the Labor Department reported Friday, with most of the decline the result of the layoffs by local governments and of temporary decennial Census workers.
Felix Salmon:
Time's running out for job growth  —  There's absolutely nothing to get excited about in the September payrolls report.  America has substantially fewer jobs than it did a month ago, in what is meant to be a growing economy.  Even the uptick in private-sector employment (+64,000) …
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Biggest Local Cuts in 30 Years
Seema Mehta / PolitiCal:
An associate of Jerry Brown calls Meg Whitman a “whore” over pension reform (AUDIO)  —  In a private conversation that was inadvertently taped by a voicemail machine (audio below), an associate of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown can be heard referring to his Republican opponent Meg Whitman as a …
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Brown or aide is heard slurring Whitman  —  In a private conversation inadvertently captured on voicemail, someone calls the GOP candidate for governor a ‘whore,’ saying she made a deal to protect law enforcement pensions while seeking endorsements.  —  In a private conversation inadvertently captured …
CNN:
California governor candidates spar over ‘whore’ remark
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Jerry Brown associate: Call Meg Whitman ‘whore’
Discussion: National Review
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Reid gets top GOP endorsements  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid racked up the endorsements of two high-profile Nevada Republicans Thursday and Friday, a sign that the state's GOP establishment remains at a distance from Republican Sharron Angle.  —  Dema Guinn, Nevada's former first lady …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Leading Nevada Republican endorses Harry Reid
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
A Florida Double Crist?  —  Kendrick Meek might drop out of the Florida senate race and thereby pave the path to victory for Charlie Crist.  —  TAMPA — Republican leaders in the Sunshine State are fretting that a deal may be in the works to get Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek …
David E. Sanger / The Caucus:
Donilon to Replace Jones as National Security Adviser  —  President Obama will announce on Friday that Gen. James Jones, the national security adviser, is resigning and will be replaced by Thomas E. Donilon, the principal deputy national security adviser, senior administration officials said.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Breaking: Jones stepping down
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
New York Times:
Nobel Peace Prize Given to Jailed Chinese Dissident  —  BEIJING — Liu Xiaobo, an impassioned literary critic, political essayist and democracy advocate repeatedly jailed by the Chinese government for his writings, won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in recognition of …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The End of the Tunnel  —  The Erie Canal.  Hoover Dam.  The Interstate Highway System.  Visionary public projects are part of the American tradition, and have been a major driver of our economic development.  —  And right now, by any rational calculation, would be an especially good time to improve the nation's infrastructure.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Caught Spying on Student, FBI Demands GPS Tracker Back  —  A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online.  The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real …
Ezra Klein:
‘This is the biggest fraud in the history of the capital markets’  —  Janet Tavakoli is the founder and president of Tavakoli Structured Finance Inc. She sounded some of the earliest warnings on the structured finance market, leading the University of Chicago to profile her as a …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Scott Baker / The Blaze:
GLENN BECK REVEALS HE'LL UNDERGO MEDICAL TESTS FOR COMBINATION OF CONDITIONS  —  This morning on his radio program, Glenn Beck discussed in more detail some of the physical challenges he's been facing.  Glenn told his audience that he will be taking several days off next week to undergo tests at a hospital “out west.”
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Was Bush better president than Obama?  —  (CNN) - Americans are divided over whether President Barack Obama or his predecessor has performed better in the White House, according to a new national poll.  —  And a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday also indicates …
Ian M. / Think Progress:
Joe Miller Received Medicaid Benefits He Thinks Are Unconstitutional  —  Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller has repeatedly claimed that federal health care benefits violate the Constitution.  It turns out, however, that “Mr. Noun, Verb, and Unconstitutional” doesn't actually think that the Constitution applies to himself.
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Healthcare Friday: Tea Party candidate benefited from 'unconsti …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Paladino Meltdown Watch.  —  Faced with a political race that didn't involve proving he hated Muslims more than the other candidate, Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino's candidacy has struggled to gain ground on Democrat Andrew Cuomo.  An initial Quinnipiac poll showed Paladino …
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Brendan Scott / New York Post:
Paladino: Andrew Cuomo's ‘prowess is legendary’
Jose Lambiet / Page2Live.com:
Sarah Palin in West Palm Beach: “I'll run for president if the American people want me to!”  —  Former vice-presidential hopeful and governor of Alaska Sarah Palin told a small studio audience during the taping of a Newsmax.com webcast Wednesday in West Palm Beach that she would run for president in 2012 if …
John / Power Line:
How Dumb Can They Get?  —  The people who run the New York Times, along with columnists like Paul Krugman and Maureen Dowd, are so ill-informed and out of touch that their efforts to tell the rest of us what to think grow more pitiful every day.  This is from today's NYT Corrections Section.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Dinesh D'Souza / Washington Post:
Why Barack Obama is an anti-colonialist  —  If you want to understand what is going on in the White House today, you have to begin with Barack Obama.  No, not that Barack Obama.  I mean Barack Obama Sr., the president's father.  Obama gets his identity and his ideology from his father.
New York Times:
Flawed Foreclosure Documents Thwart Home Sales  —  OCALA, Fla. — Amanda Ducksworth was supposed to move in to her new home this week, a three-bedroom steal here in central Florida with a horse farm across the road.  Instead, she is camped out with her 7-year-old son at her boss's house.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Colbert Democrats  —  A president's first midterm election is inevitably a referendum on his two years in office.  The bad news for Democrats is that President Obama's “reelect” number is 38 percent — precisely Bill Clinton's in October 1994, the eve of the wave election …
NorthJersey.com:
Fox 5 reporter Charles Leaf accused of sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl  —  Charles Leaf mug shot.  —  Leaf is being held in the Bergen County Jail on $250,000 bail and will be arraigned on Nov. 4 in Wyckoff Municipal Court.  —  Leaf, 41, faces charges of aggravated sexual assault …
New York Times:
Duke Winces as a Private Joke Slips Out of Control  —  DURHAM, N.C. — For nearly two weeks, many here on the Duke University campus had been aware of a certain senior “thesis” that a recent graduate wrote, apparently as a private joke, about her sexual exploits with 13 student-athletes.
Charles Riley / CNNMoney.com:
Bank of America halts all foreclosure sales  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Bank of America is halting foreclosure sales in all 50 states as part of a widening investigation into flaws in the process, the company announced Friday.  —  The announcement came a week after the nation's largest bank …
Chicago Breaking News:
Drug cops smash into wrong house, terrorize elderly couple  —  Andrij and Anna Jakymec were startled by a late night raid on their home by Cook County sheriff's police gang crimes narcotics unit officers executing a search warrant.  (E. Jason Wambsgans/ Chicago Tribune)
Wall Street Journal:
The Cap-and-Trade Crackup  —  A Virginia Democrat with a ‘safe’ seat angers constituents with his anti-coal vote.  —  Even as Speaker Nancy Pelosi twisted arms for the final votes to pass her climate bill in June 2009, Democrats feared they might be “BTU'd.”
Discussion: Power Line and Shopfloor
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Greta Van Susteren Helped Give Eliot Spitzer His Start On TV: On CNN In 1995  —  Greta Van Susteren was a guest on our return to Office Hours yesterday, and the wide ranging conversation included Gloria Allred, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton.  —  But Van Susteren also revealed how she helped give …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
The Real Israel Lobby  —  Now we know who constitutes the real Israel lobby: the American public.  Especially the Republican-leaning part of it.  —  Consider the results of a new poll, a survey of 1000 likely voters done October 3 to 5 by McLaughlin and Associates for the Emergency Committee for Israel.
Discussion: Commentary and Ben Smith's Blog
Syed Saleem Shahzad / Asia Times:
Al-Qaeda takes a big hit  —  ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Mohammad Usman was little-known other than for being wanted for the killing of a police officer in 1997 and his connections with prayer leaders at the Taliban-friendly Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) in Islamabad in the early 2000s.
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Mike / Rortybomb:
Foreclosure Fraud For Dummies, 1: The Chains and the Stakes
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Likely Voters Demographically Typical, but Skew Conservative
Paul Krugman:
Chronicle of a Slowdown Foretold
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Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
Here's the Pub, Church and Field for Public Sex
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Tyranny Of The Compassionate  —  A Federal judge in Michigan …
Sarah Muller / msnbc.com:
Lou Dobbs: ‘I have done nothing illegal’
Quinnipiac University:
Despite Anger At D.C., Dems Lead In All New York Races, Quinnipiac …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
BUSTED!  Video Documents Role of Democrat Consultant Neal Rauhauser …
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