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11:15 AM 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 * *
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%
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Pre-Election Jobs Report Shows Some Gain; Rate 7.9%
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
Michael R. Bloomberg / Bloomberg:
A Vote for a President to Lead on Climate Change  —  The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast — in lost lives, lost homes and lost business — brought the stakes of Tuesday's presidential election into sharp relief.
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
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.
Final jobs report before election gives ammo for both sides
Discussion: Reuters
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Campaign Is Over, But The Election Isn't
Discussion: Marbury
Mitt Romney / CNN:
My vision for America  —  TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 31 …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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.
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Sources: Key task force not convened during Benghazi consulate attack  —  CBS News has learned that during the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi, the Obama Administration did not convene its top interagency counterterrorism resource: the Counterterrorism Security Group, (CSG).
Martha Raddatz / ABCNEWS:   New Detailed Account of Benghazi Attack Notes CIA's Quick Response
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
C.I.A. Played Major Role Fighting Militants in Libya Attack
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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.
New York Times:
Officials Defend Decision Not to Cancel Marathon
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.
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
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Under Attack, Nate Silver Picks the Wrong Defense  —  “Anybody that thinks that this race is anything but a tossup right now is such an ideologue, they should be kept away from typewriters, computers, laptops and microphones for the next 10 days, because they're jokes.”
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
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?
WINNING THE MEDIA CAMPAIGN 2012  —  BOTH CANDIDATES RECEIVED MORE NEGATIVE THAN POSITIVE COVERAGE IN MAINSTREAM NEWS, BUT SOCIAL MEDIA WAS EVEN HARSHER  —  From the conventions to the eve of the final presidential debate, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have both received more negative …
Sarah Parnass / ABCNEWS:
Errant Email to Newt Gingrich Supporters Says ‘Obama Is Going to Win’  —  An email message mistakenly sent to Newt Gingrich's list serve this morning told subscribers that President Obama would no doubt win in 2012 and that they should be more worried about Obama's winning in 2016.
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
Dean Baker / Salon:
Get ready for the phony debt fight  —  Both candidates agree: The national debt is the most urgent challenge facing the nation.  But it's not — at all  —  There is almost certain to be a renewed push for cutting the budget regardless of who wins the election.  This is a big part of Romney's and the GOP's agenda.
Discussion: Wonkblog
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Food Stamp Growth 75X Greater than Job Creation
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Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
2012 Polls And The Long-Dormant ‘Incumbent Rule’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alex Kowalski / Bloomberg:
Payrolls in U.S. Climbed More Than Forecast in October
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
In Shift, Romney Campaign Approaches Pennsylvania With a New Urgency
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Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
White House race tight in 4 key states; Obama up in Virginia: Reuters/Ipsos poll
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Withdrawal of a Congressional Research Report on Tax Rates Raises Questions