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10:35 AM ET, August 3, 2012


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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Economy Creates 163,000 New Jobs but Rate Rises to 8.3%  —  The U.S. economy closed out an otherwise weak second quarter by creating more jobs than expected, with 163,000 new positions added, but the unemployment rate rose to 8.3 percent.  —  Markets reacted positively to the announcement …
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Pace of Hiring Rose in July, but Jobless Rate Ticked Up  —  Continuing a long slog upward from the depths of the recession, the American economy added 163,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in July, the Labor Department said on Friday.  That compares to a revised 64,000 jobs in June.
Bill McBride / Calculated Risk:
July Employment Report: 163,000 Jobs, 8.3% Unemployment Rate  —  From the BLS: … Click on graph for larger image.  —  This was a somewhat better month, and the revisions for the previous two months were mostly offsetting.  —  This was above expectations of 100,000 payroll jobs added.
Binyamin Appelbaum / Economix:
Beware the Jobs Report of July  —  The American economy almost certainly shed more than a million jobs last month, just as it does every July.  But that's not the “jobs number” that will get most of the attention when the Bureau of Labor Statistics speaks Friday morning.
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
195,000 Fewer Americans Had Jobs in July; 150,000 Dropped Out of Labor Force  —  ( - There were 195,000 fewer people employed in the United States in July than in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as the national unemployment rate ticked up from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent.
Alan B. Krueger / White Blog:
The Employment Situation in July
Tony Merevick / Chicago Phoenix:
The Civil Rights Agenda files complaints against Chick-fil-A  —  Protesters at Chicago Chick-fil-A Aug. 1, 2012.  Photo: Tony Merevick.  —  The Civil Rights Agenda, a local LGBT rights advocacy group, filed multiple complaints with the Illinois Department of Human Rights Thursday …
The Daily Beast:
A Gay Chick-fil-A Employee Speaks Out  —  A gay employee, writing anonymously over fears she'd be fired for speaking out, says she hopes her customers don't choke on their nuggets—but one day will swallow their words. … Robyn Beck, AFP / Getty Images  —  That's what I said four days ago.
Discussion: SFist
Todd S. Purdum / Vanity Fair:
What Makes Him Tick?  —  Americans want to feel they know the person they're electing president—but Mitt Romney seems determined to keep himself a secret.  —  Mitt Romney's contention in Jerusalem that “culture makes all the difference” in determining national economic strength caused …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Romney's Personal Image Remains Negative  —  Obama Leads Nationwide, But Closer Race in Swing States  —  OVERVIEW  —  By a 52% to 37% margin, more voters say they have an unfavorable than favorable view of Mitt Romney.  The poll, conducted prior to Romney's recent overseas trip …
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Pew: Obama has big lead; Romney favorability drops
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Romney's Personal Image Remains Negative
First on CNN: Massive $77 million ad time buy for Obama  —  Washington (CNN) - The Obama campaign has taken the extraordinary step of booking $77 million in additional ad time starting Friday and running through Election Day, a Republican ad buying source told CNN.
Rick Perry / CNN:
Perry: Romney's VP pick won't make much difference
Discussion: ABCNEWS
TRENDING: Romney to Reid: ‘Put up or shut up’
Justin Sink / The Hill:
DCCC apologizes to Adelson for ‘Chinese prostitution’ comments  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee issued an apology to casino mogul and prominent Republican donor Sheldon Adelson on Thursday, after the billionaire threatened to sue the organization over comments insinuating …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
DCCC apologizes to Adelson
Anna Palmerand John Bresnahan / Reuters:
DCCC apologizes to Sheldon Adelson
Discussion: Moe Lane and
Sir John Keegan  —  Sir John Keegan, who has died aged 78, achieved an international reputation as a military historian, then discovered a talent for writing rapid analyses of international crises as the defence editor of The Daily Telegraph.  —  He had been on the teaching staff …
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Romney: Harry Reid needs to ‘put up or shut up’ on charges about taxes  —  Mitt Romney on Thursday said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) needs to “put up or shut up” when it comes to charges the presumptive GOP nominee did not pay his taxes.  —  Romney also accused the White House of being behind the allegation.
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Obama's problems in the South  —  Ever since his national debut at the 2004 Democratic convention, Barack Obama's calling card has been that he practices consensus-oriented politics that transcend traditional divisions.  But four years after his historic presidential election …
Wall Street Journal:
The Life of the Party  —  What Bill Clinton could add to the Obama re-election effort.  —  From a friend watching the Olympics: “How about that Michael Phelps?  But let's remember he didn't win all those medals, someone else did.  After all, he and I swam in public pools, built by state employees using tax dollars.
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
WH Chief of Staff Daley Briefed on Solyndra Concerns, Email Says  —  Buried in the treasure trove of White House emails related to Solyndra released Thursday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee is one suggesting that concerns about Solyndra's viability were shared all the way up to …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Romney adviser: Obama's campaign chief appears to have broken the law
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: ‘Regulatory czar’ Cass Sunstein returning to Harvard  —  Cass Sunstein, administrator of the powerful Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House Office of Management and Budget, will return later this month to his previous post at Harvard Law School, the White House will announce Friday.
Discussion: Washington Wire and The BLT
Market Wire:
Vante of Tucson, AZ Regrets Actions of Former CFO  —  Employee Has Left the Company  —  TUCSON, AZ—(Marketwire - Aug 2, 2012) - The following is a statement from Vante:  —  Vante regrets the unfortunate events that transpired yesterday in Tucson between our former CFO/Treasurer Adam Smith …
OBAMA CAMPAIGN SUES TO RESTRICT MILITARY VOTING  —  Obama, like many Democrats, like to say that, while they may disagree with the GOP on many issues related to national security, they absolutely share their admiration and dedication to members of our armed forces.
Wells Tower / GQ:
Desperately Seeking Mitt  —  They say Mitt Romney is a robot.  They say he is an unusually handsome cyborg.  They say if you opened up his chest, you'd see a pile of crackling circuitry or maybe a bale of old straw.  And as we prepare (finally!) to crown him the Republican nominee in Tampa …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Attack of the Cookie Monsters
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Romney's excellent trip
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
Fifty Shades of Scalia
Robin Bravender / Politico:
Tea party to make its voice heard in Tampa
Discussion: CNN
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
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