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2:25 PM ET, October 5, 2012

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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.
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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.
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.
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
The sickly, stagnant September jobs report  —  Is this the Obama October Surprise?  —  Only in an era of depressingly diminished expectations could the September jobs report be called a good one.  It really isn't.  Not at all.  —  1. Yes, the U-3 unemployment rate fell to 7.8% …
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:
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 …
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 …
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.
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
JACK WELCH: Obama Is Manipulating The Jobs Numbers Because His Debate Performance Was Awful
Discussion: GOP 12 and The PJ Tatler
Kevin A. Hassett / National Review:
Think Again about That ‘Good’ Jobs Report
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Labor secretary ‘insulted’ by claims job numbers were rigged
Discussion: CNN
Geoffrey Rogow / Real Time Economics:
Impossible to Manipulate Labor Survey Data — Former BLS Head
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Conservatives Doubt Jobs Numbers Following Strong Report
Alex Kowalski / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobless Rate Declines to 7.8%; 114,000 Jobs Added
CNN:
Unemployment rate below 8% a boon for Obama, but Romney says not enough
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
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.
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)
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Linda Morrison / Quad City Times:
I was not calling Ryan out  —  I am the woman in the Green Bay …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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.
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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
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Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Dems hope Biden can blunt Romney momentum post-debate
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
No, Romney Did Not “Move to the Center” in Debate  —  Before it becomes a kind of Fact-Made-Fact-By-Repetition, I'd like to challenge the much-assumed idea that in the first presidential debate Mitt Romney “moved to the center” in a real, substantive way.  This seems to be the conclusion …
Discussion: First Read, Mother Jones and Slate
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Moderate Mitt Returns!
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.
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 …
Dennis Owens / WHTM-TV:
Pa. lawmaker refuses Pledge of Allegiance at House meeting  —  Politicians are often criticized for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time that's taken the wrong way.  But state Representative Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) is being criticized for what she refused to say.
 
 
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