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11:20 THE SORROW & THE PITY From Randy Newman’s greatest album, “Mr. President, Have Pity on the Working Man.”
10:55 TAXING DEBATE And so PolitFact weighs in and finds that Romney calling the ACA a “tax”—because SCOTUS said so—is “mostly true.” Polled fifteen constitutional experts. Concludes: “PolitiFact focuses on political speech, rather than legal speech, and judged by that standard Romney is pretty close to accurate. We rate his statement Mostly True.” No mention of Romney’s denying in past such a mandate was a tax.
10:40 JOBS REPORT REACTIONS, Part II Added to initial responses (see below), here’s a roundup… Bright spot in report: Wages up somewhat, also hours worked… Romney sure sounded like Obama in 2006 when he tried to explain jobs numbers. See newly uncovered video… Just asking: Jobs report fallout overhyped? Do most voters really care that much about stagnant overall picture if they still have job or are retired?
10:15 FRACKING FILM The great doc filmmaker Alex Gibney with an online only “op-doc” at NYT on fracking and a “songs against drilling” concert featuring Natalie Merchant.
PATIENCE ON JOBS? Only about 80,000 jobs added in new report. Unemp rate stuck at 8.2 percent. Ezra Klein analyses… Biggest drag continues to be public sector. Ari Berman: “4,000 more public sector jobs lost last month. 640,000 gone since 2009. That’s why we need new jobs plan!”Why today’s jobs report (and the next one) will have such a strong impact on presidential race. And Greg Sargent on same here… 14,000 more jobs in education lost, bringing total tin past year to 100,000… Richard Yeselson: “If the Fed does not aggressively intervene at this point, questions about its non partisan legitimacy can be fairly raised.”