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12:05 PM ET, November 2, 2012

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Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Employment Situation Summary  —  Transmission of material in this release is embargoed USDL-12-2164 until 8:30 a.m. (EDT) Friday, November 2, 2012  —  Technical information:  —  Household data: (202) 691-6378 * cpsinfo@bls.gov * www.bls.gov/cps
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Jason Lange / Reuters:
Payrolls rise sharply, giving Obama some relief  —  (Reuters) - Employers stepped up hiring in October and the jobless rate ticked higher as more workers restarted job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lackluster economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's reelection chances.
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Modest Growth in Jobs Seen in Final Report Before Election  —  In the last assessment of the job market before the presidential election, the Labor Department announced Friday that the nation's employers had added 171,000 positions in October, as well as more jobs than initially estimated in both August and September.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Economy Adds 171,000 Jobs in October; Topline Unemployment Rate at 7.9%
Discussion: Wonkblog and Calculated Risk
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:   Why the October Jobs Report Is Even Better Than It Looks
Wall Street Journal:
CIA Takes Heat for Role in Libya  —  When the bodies of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya, arrived at Andrews Air Force Base after the Sept. 11 attack, they were greeted by the president, the vice president and the secretaries of state and defense.
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Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Sources: Key task force not convened during Benghazi consulate attack
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
C.I.A. Played Major Role Fighting Militants in Libya Attack
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:   New Detailed Account of Benghazi Attack Notes CIA's Quick Response
New York Post:
This is no way to get us up & running  —  Generators should give power to people — not marathon  —  As hundreds of thousands of Big Apple residents suffer in homes left without power by Hurricane Sandy, two massive generators are being run 24/7 in Central Park — to juice a media tent for Sunday's New York City Marathon.
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John Moore / ABCNEWS:
‘We Need Food, We Need Clothing’: Staten Island Residents Plead for Help 3 Days After Sandy
Michael R. Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
A Vote for a President to Lead on Climate Change
New York Times:
Officials Defend Decision Not to Cancel Marathon
Barack Obama / CNN:
President Barack Obama: My vision for America  —  Editor's note: Barack Obama is president of the United States.  —  (CNN) — For the past few days, all of us have been properly focused on one of the worst storms of our lifetimes.  We mourn those who were lost.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, ABCNEWS and Poynter
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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Campaign Is Over, But The Election Isn't
Discussion: Marbury
CNN:
Final jobs report before election gives ammo for both sides
Discussion: Reuters
Mitt Romney / CNN:
My vision for America  —  TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 31 …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Who's Really Winning Early Voting?  —  With both parties spinning early-vote totals, here's the bottom line: Republicans are significantly improving on 2008 in several big early-voting states.  —  Reuters  —  If you're following the presidential election closely, you know that Election …
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Adam C. Smith / The Buzz Florida Politics Feed:
Democrats crushing Republicans on sporadic Fla voters in early voting
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Mark Thornhill / WAFF-TV:
Nonunion Ala. crews turned away from Sandy recovery  —  The hurricane-ravaged east coast has been receiving north Alabama help, but crews from Huntsville Utilities learned they'll be doing work in Long Island, New York instead of in New Jersey.  —  Crews from Huntsville …
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Why Romney Is Likely to Win  —  When I started making election predictions eight years ago, I had a very different perspective than I do today.  I knew relatively little about the history of presidential elections or the geography of American politics.  I had a good background in political science and statistics.
Discussion: American Prospect
Indianapolis Star:
Indiana election poll: Joe Donnelly builds lead over Richard Mourdock in Senate race  —  Democratic Senate nominee U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly has built a significant lead in the race for Senate, according to a new Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll.  —  The poll, released this morning …
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Donnelly takes big lead over Mourdock
Discussion: CNN and The Political Carnival
Rasmussen Reports:
An Unpredictable End to a Very Predictable Election  —  A Commentary By Scott Rasmussen  —  Election 2012 has had few surprises.  So it's somewhat surprising that heading into the final weekend of the election season, we are unable to confidently project who is likely to win the White House.
Discussion: Business Insider
Matthew Vadum / Front Page Magazine:
Benghazi Investigator Slams America and ‘Islamophobes’  —  America is a seething hotbed of “Islamophobia,” filled with ignorant racist rubes who irrationally fear the benign Muslim religion, according to the Obama administration's lead investigator into the Benghazi atrocities.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The choice  —  “Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not.”  That was Barack Obama in 2008.  And he was right.  Reagan was an ideological inflection point, ending a 50-year liberal ascendancy and beginning a 30-year conservative ascendancy.
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Benghazi blunder: Obama unworthy commander-in-chief  —  U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in a well-planned military assault on their diplomatic mission in Benghazi seven weeks ago, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  So why are details surfacing, piecemeal, only now?
New England College:
NEW POLL GIVES PRESIDENT OBAMA SOME DAYLIGHT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE  —  NEC Poll Also Shows Clear Leaders in NH Congressional Races  —  Henniker, NH- With just a few days to go until voters head to the polls, the latest New England College Poll gives the President a slight, but clear lead in the battleground state of New Hampshire.
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Liberals fear grand bargain betrayal if President Obama wins  —  Labor unions and liberal interest groups are going all-out for President Barack Obama's reelection — but they're just as ready to turn that firepower back on him if he betrays them with a grand bargain.
Discussion: New York Times and Taylor Marsh
 
 
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Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Latest Dark Money Tallies: $213 million and counting, 81% on behalf of Republicans; 34 races with $1 million or more
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Campaigns Brace to Sue for Votes in Crucial States
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Food Stamp Growth 75X Greater than Job Creation
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Benny Johnson / TheBlaze.com:
'LET'S WIN THIS MOTHERFU**ER!':  SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT DELIVERS SHOCK SPEECH AT DNC NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
2012 Polls And The Long-Dormant ‘Incumbent Rule’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dean Baker / Salon:
Get ready for the phony debt fight
Discussion: Wonkblog
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
In Shift, Romney Campaign Approaches Pennsylvania With a New Urgency
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Eline Gordts / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's Italy Comments Spark Anger
Discussion: Guardian and AMERICAblog
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
White House race tight in 4 key states; Obama up in Virginia: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: Ballot Box and News Desk
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Under Attack, Nate Silver Picks the Wrong Defense