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10:45 AM ET, July 6, 2012


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Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway:
June Jobs Report Brings Another Round Of Disappointment  —  Despite some signs I noted yesterday that suggested that the June jobs report might not be as disappointing as some feared, the slowing trend that we saw starting to develop in March, which continued into April, and got even worse in May, were still there in June.
Eric Platt / Business Insider:
JUNE JOBS REPORT MISSES EXPECTATIONS, UNEMPLOYMENT 8.2%  —  UPDATE:  —  U.S. payrolls expanded by just 80,000 net jobs in June keeping the unemployment rate flat at 8.2 percent, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows.  —  The private sector only expanded by some 84,000 positions.
Alex Kowalski / Bloomberg:
Payrolls In U.S. Rose 80,000 In June; Jobless Rate 8.2%  —  Employers in the U.S. hired fewer workers than forecast in June, showing the labor market is making scant progress toward reducing joblessness.  —  Payrolls rose 80,000 last month after a 77,000 increase in May, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington.
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
Jobs Report, First Impressions  —  Payrolls grew by 80,000 last month and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2% in a jobs report that confirms the slower trend in employment gains that showed up a few months ago.  —  In order to get a better feel for the underlying trend, it's useful to average across a few months.
Associated Press:
US employers add 80,000 jobs as economy struggles
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Via Meadia
Alexander Burns / Politico:
American Bridge hits Mitt's jobs rhetoric  —  Turns out it's not just health care where President Barack Obama sounds a lot like Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.  —  Ahead of the June unemployment numbers release this morning, the Democratic reserach group American Bridge is circulating video …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Brandon Blackwell / Plain Dealer:
Clash breaks out at GOP rally supporting Mitt Romney in Parma  —  PARMA, Ohio — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sent two GOP heavyweights to northern Ohio Thursday to beat President Barack Obama's similar bus tour to the punch.  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Minnesota …
Mike Allen / Politico:
Mitt Romney sets GOP fund-raising record  —  The Romney campaign, along with its Romney Victory fund, raised more than $100 million in June, obliterating the campaign's goal and setting the one-month record for any Republican campaign, according to a GOP official.
Carol E. Lee / Washington Wire:
Obama Attacks Romney on Health-Care Shift
Discussion: WLWT-TV
Alexander Burnsand Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Conservative griping about Mitt Romney grows
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and Hot Air
Obama: Turn Off Fox News  —  Obama suggests patron ask bar owner to switch off the conservative-leaning cable network.  —  Image by KEVIN LAMARQUE / Reuters  —  PARMA, Ohio — At an unscheduled stop at Ziggy's Pub and Restaurant, an Amherst, Ohio bar, President Barack Obama suggested …
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Voter to Obama: Let's arm wrestle for vote  —  A voter in Amherst, Ohio, offered to arm wrestle President Obama in exchange for his vote.  —  The president responded he'd prefer a basketball game instead, according to a White House pool report.  —  Obama was in Ohio wrapping …
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
President Obama Advised Patrons to Turn Off Fox News in Ohio Pub
Discussion: TVNewser
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Three Makes A Trend … - If Paul Clement Is So Good, How Did He Lose the Term's Two Biggest Supreme Court Cases?
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Morgan Freeman: Obama Isn't America's First Black President  —  President Barack Obama told his compelling life story during the campaign leading up to his election in 2008.  Upon his inauguration, many Americans took pride in their country having elected their first black president …
Morgan Freeman: No Black President For U.S. Yet
Discussion: theGrio and New York Magazine
Sobbing woman thanks Obama for health care law  —  SANDUSKY, Ohio — An emotional Ohio voter personally thanked President Obama for passing a health care overhaul, relating the story of her late sister's battle with cancer.  —  After Obama's speech in Sandusky, he encountered a sobbing Stephanie Miller …
Liz Sly / Washington Post:
Senior Syrian military officer defects  —  ANTAKYA, Turkey — A powerful military officer and longtime close associate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has defected and was on his way to Paris, where foreign ministers from Friends of Syria countries are meeting, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius confirmed Friday.
David Hogberg / Capital Hill:
‘Great Day For The First Amendment’: Walker Wins Appeal Vs. Kimberlin Peace Order  —  Back on May 29, Judge C.J. Vaughey of District Court of Maryland for Montgomery County signed a peace order against attorney Aaron Walker, preventing him from writing anything about convicted Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin.
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Santigold's ‘The Keepers,’ ‘Mad Men’ and Race  —  This last season of Mad Men heightened the debate about the show's approach to race and the 1960s, bringing Dawn, a young secretary, into the office as Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce's first African-American employee.
Mj Lee / Politico:
Pol hits DOJ for ‘liberal’ vote group  —  Texas Rep. Ted Poe blasted the Justice Department on Friday for hiring what the congressman called a “partisan” and “liberal group” as a part of the DOJ's effort to block the implementation of the state's voter ID law, saying the firm in question has “no credibility.”
Discussion: Lamar Smith and Weasel Zippers
Robert Scheer / The Huffington Post:
Crime of the Century  —  Forget Bernie Madoff and Enron's Ken Lay — they were mere amateurs in financial crime.  The current Libor interest rate scandal, involving hundreds of trillions in international derivatives trade, shows how the really big boys play.
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
'Polonium found on Arafat's clothing was planted'  —  Analyst tells ‘Post’ high levels of radioactive poison reportedly found on Arafat's belongings likely placed there much later.  —  The high levels of the radioactive poison polonium reportedly found on the belongings …
Discussion: and Israel Matzav
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TPM2012  —  Texas Lawmakers Try To Criminalize ‘Intrusive’ Patdowns …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Yoav Zitun / Ynetnews:
‘Next Lebanon war will be different’
Discussion: Israpundit and Israel Matzav
 Earlier Items: 
Zack Colman / E2-Wire:
Napolitano on weird weather and climate change: 'There's a pattern here'
Discussion: Associated Press
Intern / ThinkProgress:
Obamacare Is A Major Tax Cut For Middle Class Families
Discussion: The Raw Story
Adele Hampton / The Hill:
Rep. Joe Walsh gets into shouting match with CNN host over ‘true hero’ remark
Discussion: Politico