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3:10 PM ET, September 7, 2012


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James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
The awful, awful August jobs report  —  This was not the employment report either American workers or the Obama campaign were hoping for.  A huge miss. It shows the U.S. labor market remains in a deep depression, generating few jobs and little if no income growth.  As IHS Global Insight puts it:
White Blog:
The Employment Situation in August  —  While there is more work that remains to be done, today's employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression.  It is critical that we continue the policies …
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Disappointing jobs report unlikely to change presidential contest  —  Today's unemployment report was disappointing: only 96,000 jobs created last month, and revisions reducing the previous two months by 40,000, it was not only well below expectations but, more importantly, below what the economy needs to do to get people back to work.
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
Jilian Fama / ABCNEWS:
Pols Respond to August Jobs Report
Discussion: CNN and
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama puts positive spin on jobs report
Discussion: Politico
Susanna Kim / ABCNEWS:
August Jobs Report: Unemployment Falls to 8.1 Percent
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
New Jobs at 96,000, Missing Expectations; Rate Hits 8.1%
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Jobs growth cools in August, seen forcing Fed's hand
Paul Miller /
Eastwood says his convention appearance was ‘mission accomplished’  —  AFTER A week as topic No. 1 in American politics, former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood said the outpouring of criticism from left-wing reporters and liberal politicians after his appearance at the Republican National Convention …
Tim Mak / Politico:
Clint Eastwood explains the ‘empty chair’  —  Clint Eastwood revealed that what he termed a “very unorthodox” speech involving an empty chair at the Republican National Convention was a last-minute, impromptu decision.  —  Eastwood told his hometown newspaper, The Carmel Pine Cone …
Twitter Blog:
DNC2012 Night 3: Obama's speech sets records  —  Today's highly-anticipated event in Charlotte was the single biggest day of both conventions.  President Barack Obama's (@BarackObama) acceptance speech at #DNC2012 set a new record for political moments on Twitter, with 52,756 Tweets per minute coming just after its conclusion.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Obama sets tweets-per-minute record
Steve Holland / Reuters:
No sign of convention bounce for Obama: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Did Obama Phone It In?  —  Barack Obama's speech tonight was....OK.  But that was about all.  It meandered, it skittered, and most of the time it seemed oddly themeless.  It had some good lines, but too often they were left hanging.  Take this jab at Republicans, for example: … That's a good riff.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama at the DNC: That's it?
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Parsing the Grand Bargain promises
Obama's Message Breaks Through In Swing State Newspapers  —  An emphasis on the path forward.  Lukewarm reception to his speech from pundits doesn't make the headlines.  —  Andrew Kaczynski  —  a half hour ago  —  16 responses
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and BuzzFeed
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 …
Romney campaign releases ads for 8 battleground states
Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: The Party that Obama Un-Built
Wall Street Journal:
The Democrats' Soft Extremism  —  Obama is out of ideas, and Clinton's speech was unworthy of him.  —  Barack Obama is deeply overexposed and often boring.  He never seems to be saying what he's thinking.  His speech Thursday was weirdly anticlimactic.  There's too much buildup, the crowd was tired, it all felt flat.
Transcript: President Obama's Convention Speech … PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.  (Sustained cheers, applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  —  AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Four more years!  Four more years!  Four more years!  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you.  —  AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Four more years!
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:   Obama's Acceptance Speech Didn't Mention Unemployed
John Cook / Gawker:
Ask the DNC: Is Romney Ready for the Kill List?  —  As you may have heard last night, Osama bin Laden is dead, has perished from the earth, is at the bottom of the sea, and is not better off than he was four years ago.  The Democrats are trying to pull a Bush on national security …
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Agonist
Eric Kleefeld / Talking Points Memo:
Akin TV Ad Buy Canceled — For Failure To Pay The Station  —  Rep. Todd Akin's effort to continue his bid for the Missouri Senate seat is now faced with a new challenge: Paying the campaign's bills for TV ads on time.  —  The Akin campaign's TV ad buy with the NBC affiliate in Columbia …
Tanya Sinkovits / CBS St. Louis:
TV Station Pulled Akin's Ads Due to of Lack of Payment
Kyle Leighton / Talking Points Memo:
CHART: The Racial Makeup Of Obama, Romney Presidential Coalitions  —  When it comes to building a winning coalition, President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have very distinct paths to victory.  Romney is betting on winning big with white voters.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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 …
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
White House circulating draft of executive order on cybersecurity  —  The White House is circulating a draft of an executive order aimed at protecting the country from cyberattacks, The Hill has learned.  —  The draft proposal, which has been sent to relevant federal agencies for feedback …
Discussion: Daily Dot
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