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11:15 AM 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
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 …
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.
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:
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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 …
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.
Business Insider:
BOOM: UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS TO 7.8%, BIG UPWARD REVISION TO LAST MONTH  —  Overall, this was a solid report.  —  Nonfarm payrolls came in right in line with estimates at 114K, but the unemployment rate tumbled to 7.8 percent from 8.1 percent last month.  —  What's really good is that …
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
Alex Kowalski / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobless Rate Declines to 7.8%; 114,000 Jobs Added  —  September Jobs Report: Breaking Down the Numbers  —  The unemployment rate in the U.S. unexpectedly fell to 7.8 percent in September, the lowest since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, as employers took on more part-time workers.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.8%
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:   Huge September Drop In Unemployment, Economy Adds 114,000 Jobs
Susanna Kim / ABCNEWS:
September Jobs Report: Unemployment Falls to 7.8 Pct
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Unemployment Rate Plummets to 4.3%—For Government Workers
Discussion: Riehl World News
Fox News:
Jobless rate falls to 7.8 percent in September, as Obama looks for boost
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
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 …
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.
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.
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Dems hope Biden can blunt Romney momentum post-debate  —  Democratic strategists are eyeing the forthcoming debate between Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) with a mix of hope and nervousness in the wake of President Obama's widely panned performance in his initial encounter with Mitt Romney Wednesday night.
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Ryan, Romney turn their fire on Biden
Discussion: CNN, Politico, Wizbang and The Hill
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
Federal Judge Approves Scaled-Down Florida Voter Purge  —  TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a challenge to Florida's recent voter purge efforts, clearing the way for the removal of about 200 suspected non-U.S. citizens from state voter rolls before the November 6 presidential election.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Former college hoops star endorses Romney in new ad  —  Former National Basketball Association player Greg Anthony is featured in a new ad for the Romney campaign, in which he explains why he voted for President Obama in 2008 but is switching to the GOP candidate in 2012.
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 …
Hillary Reinsberg / BuzzFeed:
For Some, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Goes Too Glam  —  Critics call her “almost unrecognizable” in a Vogue profile.  So what?  —  Wasserman Schultz in Derek Lam in the October 2012 Vogue profile.  —  Source: Marcus Mam / via:
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
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