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12:05 PM ET, October 5, 2012


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Talking Points Memo:
Romney: ‘This Is Not What A Real Recovery Looks Like’  —  Following news that the U.S. economy added 114,000 jobs in September, with unemployment falling to 7.8%, Mitt Romney on Friday released the following statement on the September unemployment report:
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Jobless Rate Falls to 7.8%, Lowest Since January 2009  —  The nation's unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent in September to its lowest rate since President Obama took office, the Labor Department said Friday.  —  While employers added only a modest 114,000 jobs last month …
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Jobs Growth Rises 114,000 as Rate Slides to 7.8 Percent  —  Job growth remained tame in September, with the economy creating just 114,000 net new positions though the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent, the first time it has been below 8 percent in 43 months.
Associated Press:
US jobless rate falls to 7.8 pct., 44-month low  —  US unemployment rate falls to 7.8 pct., lowest since 2009, giving Obama a potential boost  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years …
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
JACK WELCH: Obama Is Manipulating The Jobs Numbers Because His Debate Performance Was Awful  —  Former GE CEO Jack Welch's reaction to non-farm payrolls adding 114,000 new jobs in September and the unemployment rate falling to 7.8 percent:  —  Looks like Welch already was predicting this last night:
Unemployment rate below 8%, but Romney says not enough  —  Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney, who has used an unemployment rate above 8% to hammer President Barack Obama for the past several years, was left without his usual attack line Friday as the September jobs report showed the rate falling to 7.8%.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Kevin A. Hassett / National Review:
Think Again about That ‘Good’ Jobs Report
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:   Huge September Drop In Unemployment, Economy Adds 114,000 Jobs
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Unemployment Rate Plummets to 4.3%—For Government Workers
Wall Street Journal:
Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.8%
Alex Kowalski / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobless Rate Declines to 7.8%; 114,000 Jobs Added
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Susanna Kim / ABCNEWS:
September Jobs Report: Unemployment Falls to 7.8 Pct
Fox News:
Jobless rate falls to 7.8 percent in September, as Obama looks for boost
Tim Catts / Bloomberg:
Former GE CEO Jack Welch Says White House Manipulates Jobs Data  —  History Says No  —  Former General Electric Co. (GE) Chief Executive Officer Jack Welch accused the Obama administration on Twitter of manipulating today's employment data for political advantage.
Congressman Allen West / Facebook:
In regards to today's Jobs report—I agree with former GE CEO Jack Welch, Chicago style politics is at work here...
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Labor secretary ‘insulted’ by claims job numbers were rigged
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Romney: ‘47 percent’ remarks were ‘completely wrong’  —  View Photo Gallery — Surrounded by four of his five sons, Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney makes a surprise appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Denver.  View more photos from the campaign trail.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Romney: ‘47 percent’ remarks ‘wrong’  —  Mitt Romney came full circle on his “47 percent” remarks Thursday night, calling them “just completely wrong” in an interview on Fox News.  —  When asked by host Sean Hannity what he would have said if President Barack Obama had brought …
Mario Trujillo / Ballot Box:
Romney says he was ‘completely wrong’ on ‘47 percent’ comment
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Email Shows State Department Rejecting Request of Security Team at US Embassy in Libya  —  (Image Credit: Ibrahim Alaguri/AP Photo)  —  ABC News has obtained an internal State Department email from May 3, 2012, indicating that the State Department denied a request from the security team …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Ryan: Biden Coming at Me ‘Like a Cannonball’  —  Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan talk to each other on the phone almost every day, and the day of the first presidential debate was no exception.  “I told him after the debate that he crushed it,” Ryan told THE WEEKLY STANDARD in a phone interview Thursday night.
Discussion: The Hill and Election 2012
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Dems hope Biden can blunt Romney momentum post-debate
Mike Ramsey / CBS Chicago:
NAACP Official: Obama Campaign Staffer Threatened Me  —  CHICAGO (CBS) — The President of the South Suburban Branch of the NAACP alleges a director of the re-election campaign of Barack Obama has threatened and intimidated him because he doesn't support the president.
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Top Obama Fundraiser To Release Bin Laden Film 2 Days Before Election  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — A film dramatizing the death of Osama bin Laden is set to debut next month on the National Geographic Channel, two days before the presidential election.  —  “Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden …
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Was Obama rattled by developing donor scandal story? … President Obama reelection campaign, rattled by his Wednesday night debate performance, could be in for even worse news.  According to knowlegable sources, a national magazine and a national web site are preparing a blockbuster donor scandal story.
Ronald Brownstein /
Obama's Missing Piece: A Second-Term Agenda  —  After his lackluster debate performance, President Obama needs to better articulate his second-term agenda.  —  DENVER—President Obama didn't have many good moments in this week's first presidential debate.  But it was telling that the few came …
Discussion: Hot Air and First Read
Megan McArdle / The Daily Beast:
Iran on the Verge of Hyperinflation  —  Sanctions wreak havoc on the rial  —  In fact, on the verge might not be the right way to put it; in the middle of might be more accurate.  Steve Hanke estimates that inflation is running at 70% a month.  This is, as Alex Tabarrok points out, nowhere near a record.
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT, Wonkblog and AEIdeas
Megan McArdle / The Daily Beast:
Just Say No To Layoff Notices  —  Obama Administration pressures …
Discussion: Business Insider
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Talking Points Memo:
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
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Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
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Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
Idiot's Delight
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Hillary Reinsberg / BuzzFeed:
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Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Steve Friess / Politico:
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Discussion: Betabeat and Balloon Juice