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10:45 AM ET, September 7, 2012


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Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Payrolls in U.S. Rose 96,000 in August, Jobless Rate Fell  —  Payrolls rose less than projected in August and the unemployment rate declined as more Americans left the labor force, indicating the U.S. labor market is stagnating.  —  The economy added 96,000 workers last month following …
Bill McBride / Calculated Risk:
August Employment Report: 96,000 Jobs, 8.1% Unemployment Rate  —  From the BLS: … Click on graph for larger image.  —  This was another weak month, especially with the downward revisions to the June and July reports.  —  This was below expectations of 125,000 payroll jobs added.
Jobs report brings end to Democrats' convention high  —  (CNN) - Friday's jobs report indicating only 96,000 jobs were created in August brought a quick end to any lingering Democratic euphoria from this week's party convention, bringing into sharp reality the challenges President Barack Obama …
Discussion: Reuters and ABCNEWS
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Jobs growth cools in August, seen forcing Fed's hand  —  (Reuters) - Jobs growth slowed sharply in August, setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to pump additional money into the sluggish economy next week and dealing a blow to President Obama as he seeks reelection in November.
Associated Press:
US economy adds 96K jobs; unemployment rate falls to 8.1 pct. as more people end job searches
Politico:   Joe Biden DNC speech (text. video)
Alexander Burns / Politico:
The Romney swing-state blitz, revealed  —  We reported Thursday that Mitt Romney was about to embark on a major general-election TV offensive, marking his first major use of the post-convention dollars his campaign has been dying to spend.  Now, Team Romney is putting out word …
Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: The Party that Obama Un-Built  —  Where is the next generation of Democrats?  —  Charlotte, N.C.  —  Julian Castro is no Barack Obama.  And for that, Democrats have themselves to blame.  —  The focus of this week's Democratic convention was President Obama.
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
Obama Faces Obstacles in Holding North Carolina
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Obama, in Democratic Convention Speech, Asks for More Time  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Obama on Thursday night accepted the Democratic nomination for a second term, making a forceful argument that he had rescued the economy from disaster and ushered in a recovery that would be imperiled by a return to Republican stewardship.
Washington Wire:
Text of Biden's Remarks to the Democratic Convention
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Steve Holland / Reuters:
No sign of convention bounce for Obama: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - So far, U.S. President Barack Obama has not received much of a bounce yet in popular support from the Democratic National Convention, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday.  —  The latest daily tracking poll found …
Mark Halperin / The Page:   From Tampa to Charlotte and Beyond
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama's convention evolution complete
Discussion: “The Lid” and Riehl World News
Transcript: President Obama's DNC Speech  —  Below are President Obama's remarks, as prepared for delivery, formally accepting the Democratic presidential nomination at his party's convention Thursday night:  —  Michelle, I love you.  The other night, I think the entire country saw just how lucky I am.
Transcript: President Obama's Convention Speech
Elyse Siegel / The Huffington Post:
Barack Obama Speech Text: Read The President's Democratic Convention Remarks
Discussion: Althouse
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Parsing the Grand Bargain promises  —  There are many fine passages in Obama's speech tonight, of course.  I would expect nothing less.  He's great at this stuff and I'm sure he fired up the base and brought over some undecideds too.  —  But you had to know that I was going to look at what he said about deficits.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Did Obama Phone It In?  —  Barack Obama's speech tonight was....OK.
Jaweed Kaleem / The Huffington Post:
Cardinal Timothy Dolan's Benedictions At RNC And DNC (FULL TEXT) … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Elections 2012, Democratic Convention, Democratic Convention, Elections 2012, Religion and Politics, Video, 2012 Democratic Convention, 2012 Democratic National Convention, Cardinal Timothy Dolan …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Washington Free Beacon:   Dolan Calls for Religious Liberty, Protection of Unborn at DNC
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama at the DNC: That's it?  —  It would have been better had he not spoken.  Seriously.  Like an aging rock star, President Obama, in a downsized venue, with downsized proposal and spewing downsized rhetoric only reminded us how far he has fallen from the heady days of 2008.
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
Reporters Using ‘Fake Names’ to Buy Obama Campaign Merchandise at the DNC  —  The Obama campaign merchandise table inside one of the media areas at the DNC.  The press stand is visible on the left side of the photo.  —  CHARLOTTE, NC — Members of the media have apparently been using …
US Department of State:
MR. VENTRELL: Okay.  Jill?  —  QUESTION: Yes?  —  MR. VENTRELL: Jill or Jo.  —  QUESTION: Go ahead, Jill.  —  QUESTION: Please.  —  QUESTION: Well, I really did want to find out about the sighting of Vladimir Putin in the skies over the Yamal Peninsula.  (Laughter.)
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
State Dept. Again Refuses to Name Capital of Israel!
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Secret Service Arrests Charlotte Man For Twitter Death Threats Against Barack Obama  —  Buster  —  A North Carolina man was arrested yesterday for threatening to kill President Barack Obama in a series of Twitter messages, one of which warned that, “Ima hit president Obama with that Lee Harvey Oswald swag …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything  —  An exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world's best accurate maps.  —  Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view.
Discussion: The Verge and Gizmodo
Tanya Sinkovits / CBS St. Louis:
TV Station Pulled Akin's Ads Due to of Lack of Payment  —  ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Is Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin facing a cash crunch?  Todd Akin's TV ads are, reportedly, being yanked from stations across the state because his campaign isn't paying the bills.
Jenny Rogers / Washington Examiner:
Former Treasury secretary falls into hotel pool at DNC … CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bob Rubin, Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, is safe after a fall into the Ritz-Carlton pool.  Rubin, in town for the Democratic National Convention, took the tumble around 8 p.m. Wednesday …
Joe Biden DNC speech (text. video)  —  Folks, that's not how we look at it.  Americans have never looked at it that way.  These men and women aren't looking for a handout.  They're just looking for a chance to acquire the tools and the skills to provide for their families …
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U.S. Backs Blacklisting Militant Organization
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Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
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Discussion: Law Blog and New York Magazine
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Campaigns hit the reset button
Discussion: CNN
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James Rosen / Fox News:
Romney campaign to ‘carpet bomb’ airwaves after Obama nomination speech
Keith Ellison / CNN:
Ellison reacts to Jerusalem reference in party platform
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav