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12:50 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 * *
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.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Why the October Jobs Report Is Even Better Than It Looks  —  Bottom line: Whoever wins on Tuesday inherits an economy that is still awfully weak and a jobs recovery that's clearly gaining momentum  —  Here's the lede you'll read in most newspapers today about Friday's jobs report …
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Modest Growth in Jobs Seen in Final Report Before Election
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Economy Adds 171,000 Jobs in October; Topline Unemployment Rate at 7.9%
Discussion: Wonkblog and Calculated Risk
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.
John Moore / ABCNEWS:
‘We Need Food, We Need Clothing’: Staten Island Residents Plead for Help 3 Days After Sandy  —  The residents of Staten Island are pleading for help from elected officials, begging for gasoline, food and clothing three days after Sandy slammed the New York City borough.  —  “We're going to die!
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
New York's Incredible Shrinking Mayor
Lynn Zinser / New York Times:
Should the Race Be Run?  —  O.K., let's see if we have this straight …
Discussion: Politicker
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.
Jennifer Griffin / Fox News:
Sources, emails point to communication breakdown in Obama administration during Libya attack
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
In Benghazi timeline, CIA errors but no evidence of conspiracy
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
C.I.A. Played Major Role Fighting Militants in Libya Attack
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Taylor Marsh
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Sources: Key task force not convened during Benghazi consulate attack
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 …
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.
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Conflicted Voters Consider Closing Arguments
Discussion: CNN, Politico and ABCNEWS
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
White House race tight in 4 key states; Obama up in Virginia: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: Ballot Box and News Desk
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 …
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 …
Manu Raju / Politico:   Donnelly takes big lead over Mourdock
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Poll gives Donnelly 11-point lead over Mourdock
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
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.
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Nov. 1: The Simple Case for Saying Obama Is the Favorite  —  If you are following some of the same people that I do on Twitter, you may have noticed some pushback about our contention that Barack Obama is a favorite (and certainly not a lock) to be re-elected.
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
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.
Benny Johnson /
'LET'S WIN THIS MOTHERFU**ER!':  SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT DELIVERS SHOCK SPEECH AT DNC NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS  —  In a speech to a packed room of Obama for America phone bank volunteers at the Democratic National Committee headquarters Thursday night in Washington, D.C. …
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  —  This post was prepared in collaboration with Alexander Furnas and Amy Cesal.  —  Back in July, Senate Republicans successfully blocked the DISCLOSE Act …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
The Washington Post Co. reports higher earnings  —  The Washington Post Co. reported sharply higher earnings in the third quarter of this year, bolstered by cable television profits, political and summer Olympic Game advertising on its local television broadcast stations, and a one-time accounting benefit.
Discussion: Politico and Poynter
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Daily Mail:
Muslim clerics say Sandy is 'God's way of punishing America for anti-Muhammed film'
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Back-to-the-Future Campaign
Business Insider:
The Board Room  —  Finally.  Anyone not living in manhattan has not seen any response.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Miles-Long Gasoline Lines In New Jersey Show The Case For “Price Gouging”
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Campaigns Brace to Sue for Votes in Crucial States
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
Robert Gehrke / Salt Lake Tribune:
Tribune poll: Matheson trails Love 52 percent to 40 percent
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
In Shift, Romney Campaign Approaches Pennsylvania With a New Urgency
Kristen A. Lee / NY Daily News:
Trump takes $5M offer to President Obama off the table after deadline expires
Eline Gordts / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's Italy Comments Spark Anger
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Guardian
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Campaign Is Over, But The Election Isn't
Discussion: Marbury
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Under Attack, Nate Silver Picks the Wrong Defense