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Does Jobs Report Mean Things Are Getting Better?

For the first time in nearly four years, unemployment is below 8 percent. It's already heating up the election discussion on the economy. But Wednesday's debate left some confused about where the candidates stand. Host Michel Martin looks at the candidates' economic platforms with NPR's Marilyn Geewax and The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy.
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It's All Politics, Oct. 4, 2012

Republican Mitt Romney delivers a needed jolt to his campaign at the first presidential debate. Ron Elving and Ken Rudin dissect the memorable moments and look ahead to next week's matchup between Vice President Joe Biden and Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
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Analysis: 'Gang of Eight' Starts On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

CQ Roll Call's David Hawkings says the 'Gang of Eight' senators may be trying to "clear out the underbrush" and lay the foundation for an eventual deal to avoid the fiscal cliff that would be made after the election. 

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Analysis: Redskins Support Maryland Gambling, Nationals Unite D.C. Region

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about D.C. budget autonomy, the Washington Redskins' support over expanded gambling in Maryland, and how the Nationals' success unites the D.C. region.

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Labor Secretary Says Talk Of Fudged Jobless Numbers Is Insulting

Today's news about a drop in the unemployment rate has some of President Obama's critics speculating about cooked books. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis says such talk is "ludicrous."
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Romney: I Was 'Just Completely Wrong' On 47 Percent

His controversial comments didn't come up in Wednesday night's debate. Thursday night on Fox News Channel, the Republican presidential nominee said his "whole campaign is about the 100 percent."
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Venezuelans In Fla. Face 900-Mile Trip To Vote

Venezuelans go to the polls Sunday to decide whether President Hugo Chavez remains in power. Polls indicate it's his most serious electoral challenge since taking office nearly 14 years ago. But Venezuela closed its Miami consulate, so Florida voters have to go to New Orleans.
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September's 7.8 Jobless Rate A Boost For Obama

For the first time since President Obama took office, the unemployment rate is back at 7.8 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday. It's been above 8 percent for nearly four years. The number of new jobs added was in line with expectations — 114,000.
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Romney Campaigns In Virginia On Debate Momentum

The day after the first presidential debate, GOP challenger Mitt Romney rallied thousands of supporters in rural Virginia. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan was there too, cheering on his running mate following Wednesday's strong debate performance in Denver.

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