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12:35 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:
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.
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.
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...  We all want the suffering of the American people from this rampant scourge of unemployment to end.  However, today's jobs report is confusing to say the least.
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 …
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% a boon for Obama, but Romney says not enough
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Labor secretary ‘insulted’ by claims job numbers were rigged
Discussion: CNN
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:   Huge September Drop In Unemployment, Economy Adds 114,000 Jobs
Alex Kowalski / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobless Rate Declines to 7.8%; 114,000 Jobs Added
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.8%
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, ABCNEWS 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.
Kevin A. Hassett / National Review:
Think Again about That ‘Good’ Jobs Report  —  Today's jobs report is a classic.  The report, of course, reveals the results of two surveys, one of households, one of establishments.  The professional economists and the press usually emphasize the establishment survey because it is viewed as less volatile.
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 …
Elias Isquith / The Atlantic Online:
Paul Ryan's Debt to Barry Goldwater—Who'd Be Mortified by Paul Ryan  —  The conservative scion vice-presidential nominee seeks to finish the work that the GOP started in 1964, with one crucial revision.  —  U.S Congress (Ryan); Library of Congress (Goldwater)
Discussion: Bloomberg and Balloon Juice
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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Moderate Mitt Returns!  —  A sour fog settled over the Republican Party during the primary season.  Several plausible candidates decided not to run for president, and the whole conversation ended up tainted by various political circus acts.  —  The G.O.P. did its best to appear unattractive.
Obama Deploys Big Bird To Romney Rally  —  And the Democratic National Committee releases a new web video mocking Romney for wanting to cut the subsidy for PBS.  Furry politics.  —  Source:  —  Statement from Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith:
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
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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Discussion: MarketBeat
Gov. Deval Patrick: Obama missed opportunities in debate
Talking Points Memo:
Obama: Romney Will Ignore Wall Street, ‘Crack Down On Sesame Street’
Ronald Brownstein /
Obama's Missing Piece: A Second-Term Agenda
Discussion: Hot Air and First Read
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
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 Earlier Items: 
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Marian Wang / Chronicle of Higher Education:
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Discussion: ProPublica
Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
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Pro-Muslim Subway Ads to Hang Near Anti-Jihad Ads
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
Idiot's Delight
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Megan McArdle / The Daily Beast:
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Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT, Wonkblog and AEIdeas
Hillary Reinsberg / BuzzFeed:
For Some, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Goes Too Glam
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers