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5:30 PM ET, October 5, 2012

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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Meet The Conservatives Who Think Today's Job Numbers Are A Conspiracy  —  The Bureau of Labor Statistics released an unexpectedly strong monthly jobs report on Friday, finding a dramatic drop in unemployment to 7.8 percent and revised the number of jobs added in July and August up from initial estimates.
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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.
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.
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Solid Jobs Report Spawns Crackpot ‘Job Truthers’ Movement  —  This post has been updated.  —  The economy added 114,000 jobs in September and unemployment declined to 7.8 percent.  Not great numbers, but paired with major upward revisions to previous monthly reports and taken in the context …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Jobs News Makes Obama's Case Easier  —  Whenever a new set of jobs numbers is announced, it is important to keep in mind just how noisy the data can be.  —  Forecasts of the monthly growth in nonfarm payrolls miss by 68,000 jobs on average.  That means that the margin of error on the forecasts …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
September jobs report: Debunking the jobs report conspiracy theories  —  Look at that graph.  There's nothing all that amazing, or all that weird, about this month's numbers.  —  We've hit that moment in the election when people begin to lose their minds.
Steven Russolillo / MarketBeat:
Jack Welch: 'I Wasn't Kidding'
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
The sickly, stagnant September jobs report
David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Meet the Incredible, Incoherent Jobs-Report Truthers
Kevin A. Hassett / National Review:
Think Again about That ‘Good’ Jobs Report
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Jobs report: 114K jobs added, jobless rate 7.8%; Update: CNBC confused by “contradictory” …
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Jobless Rate Falls to 7.8%, Lowest Since January 2009
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney “Cheat Sheet” Was A Handkerchief, Campaign Says  —  Conspiracy theory of the day.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  ABINGTON, Va. — Mitt Romney's campaign is shooting down a simmering online theory the Republican nominee used a “cheat sheet” in Wednesday night's debate against President Barack Obama.
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Daily Kos:
Did Mitt use crib notes for the debate?  —  There is a scandal brewing that suggests that Mitt Romney used crib notes for the debate.  This is of course, C-H-E-A-T-I-N-G!, and would be awful if true.  —  I believe the candidates are only supposed to have a blank piece of paper (pad) and a pen at the podium, provided by the CPD.
Bloomberg:
Robert Gates Says Israel Is an Ungrateful Ally: Jeffrey Goldberg  —  It was an extraordinary scene: President Barack Obama, sitting impassively in the Oval Office in May as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lectured him, at considerable length and at times condescendingly …
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Linda Morrison / Quad City Times:
I was not calling Ryan out  —  I am the woman in the Green Bay Packer jacket at Rep. Paul Ryan's rally in Clinton who asked him the question about specific plans to fix our economy.  Needless to say, I was quite shocked to learn the Obama campaign seized my question, putting out the statement …
Discussion: The Hill and ABCNEWS
Jacob Bernstein / New York Times:
Patrick Abner and Thomas Roberts  —  EVEN news anchors with matinee-idol looks can get a case of the jitters.  —  Of course, this isn't exactly how Thomas Roberts — a fairly down-to-earth guy and the 11 a.m. host of “MSNBC Live” — describes himself.  —  But it is what happened back in September 2000.
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 …
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA): Evolution, Big Bang ‘Lies Straight From The Pit Of Hell’  —  Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) tore into scientists as tools of the devil in a speech at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman's Banquet last month.  —  “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Exclusive: Jim Lehrer says he was ‘effective’ as presidential debate moderator  —  I didn't follow it carefully,' he said |  Jim Lehrer has been widely criticized for his passive performance as the moderator of Wednesday's night's presidential debate, but in his first post-debate interview …
BuzzFeed:
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: youtube.com  —  Statement from Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith:
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Max Brantley / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times:
Republican extremists, in their own words  — SLAVERY HAD ITS PLUSES: Republican Rep. Jon Hubbard.  —  Extremism is no vice among Arkansas Republicans.  And, no, I'm not talking about neo-Confederate Republican Rep. Loy Mauch, who once tried to have Abraham Lincoln's bust removed from the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Paula Bolyard / PJ Media:
Ohio Poll Analyst: Voter Turnout Modeling Predicts Big Ohio Trouble for Obama … That's the analysis of Clinton Cooper at Election Insights, an Ohio firm that uses geographic information systems (GIS) and election data to illustrate the political landscape of the electorate.
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)
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.
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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama pays price for ducking the questions  —  Barack Obama received a valuable reminder in his drubbing at Wednesday night's debate: He is a president, not a king.  —  In the hours after the Republican challenger Mitt Romney embarrassed the incumbent in their first meeting …
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
Glut of Solar Panels Poses a New Threat to China  —  BEIJING — China in recent years established global dominance in renewable energy, its solar panel and wind turbine factories forcing many foreign rivals out of business and its policy makers hailed by environmentalists around the world as visionaries.
Discussion: Wonkblog, Hot Air, MarketBeat and Via Meadia
Associated Press:
Scalia: Abortion, death penalty “easy” cases  —  Justice Antonin Scalia says his method of interpreting the Constitution makes some of the most hotly disputed issues that come before the Supreme Court among the easiest to resolve.  —  Scalia calls himself a “textualist” and …
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
Romney captures the God vote at first debate  —  When Mitt Romney mentioned the “Creator” in the debate Wednesday, he owned it.  “We're all children of the same God,” he said.  —  That's about 85 percent of the country he was talking to.  That should have been President Obama's constituency …
Washington Free Beacon:
Meet the Obama Donors at the BLS  —  At least two economists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) have contributed to President Barack Obama's campaign.  Harley Frazis of Bethesda, MD, has contributed at least $2,000 to Obama and $9,000 to the Democratic National Convention over the last three election cycles.
 
 
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Mike Flynn / BREITBART.COM:
OBAMA COLLAPSE IN ILLINOIS: TIED IN DISTRICT HE WON BY 23 POINTS IN '08
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
California Gas  —  5 pm yesterday; At noon, Supreme had been 4.99 at the same station
Discussion: Instapundit and Maggie's Farm
CNN:
Deficit tops $1 trillion for 4th straight year
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Romney Hits the Air Waves
Discussion: neo-neocon
Elizabeth Hartfield / ABCNEWS:
Maine Candidate's World of Warcraft Persona Stirs Debate
Sterling C. Beard / Ballot Box:
Comedian Steve Martin endorses Kerrey in zany Web ad
Discussion: Politico
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Romney surrogate claims ‘Etch A Sketch’ lying is ‘good campaign tactics’
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Hullabaloo
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Legal group comes to aid of Army instructor ousted over Muslim groups' complaints
Discussion: The Jawa Report
 Earlier Items: 
weaskamerica.com:
Boing!  —  Few disagree that Mitt Romney won Wednesday night's presidential debate.
Discussion: Hot Air
Ian Schwartz / KASA-TV:
Governor steps up when baby left in car
Discussion: Albuquerque Journal and Politico
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Bush Lawyer: Proposed Romney Torture Policy Is ‘Indisputably Illegal’
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
No, Romney Did Not “Move to the Center” in Debate
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Romney hits a trifecta in Denver
Discussion: Instapundit, Betsy's Page and Hot Air