Jim Lehrer to critics: ‘So what?’

Jim Lehrer responds to those who thought he let President Obama and Mitt Romney ramble on and roll over him in Wednesday’s presidential debate […]

“It was frustrating as it began happening, when they didn’t answer the questions directly and they went over time. But I kept reminding myself: “Hey, wait a minute. Waaait a minute. This isn’t about rules. This is about the reality of the exchange of the two candidates.” So I just backed off. . . . I had no problem doing that. Yes, there were times when I pushed them, and sometimes they ran over and ignored me and all that sort of stuff. So what? I mean, it isn’t about my power, my control or whatever. It was about what the candidates were doing, what they were talking about and what impression they were leaving with the voters. That’s what this is about. It’s not about how I felt about things.”

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Romney’s letter from dad, Obama’s first office photos

Which photos did Barack Obama hang in his Illinois state senate office? And what did George Romney write to cheer a discouraged Mitt during the future presidential candidate’s Mormon mission to France? 

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The biggest political dynasty in all 50 states

Last week, we asked Fix readers to help us pick out the biggest state-based political dynasty in all 50 states.

And The Fix readers, as they always do, came through.

Below, we list what we see as the top political dynasty in each state.

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Unemployment rate falls to 7.8%

The job market is finally showing some juice.

The unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September, the Labor Department said Friday, from 8.1 percent in July, its lowest since January 2009. It is a surprising show of improvement in a job market that had seemed listless in recent months. Unlike in August, the number improved for the right reason: not because people gave up looking for jobs, but because far more people reported having one.

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There was one president who tried to manipulate BLS

Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch is getting a lot of attention for an unfounded accusation that the Obama administration somehow cooked the positive jobs numbers issued Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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It’s Jim Lehrer’s turn to respond to the debate

Jim Lehrer has a few words in response for those who thought he let President Obama and Mitt Romney ramble on and roll over him in Wednesday’s presidential debate:

“So what?”

The veteran PBS newsman, who was persuaded by the Presidential Debate Commission to moderate his 12th debate — the last one he’ll do, he vows — says the event wasn’t about “control” or the strict enforcement of rules. It was about producing a sharp discussion and substantive contrast between the candidates. Besides, he says, few people seemed to understand that the new format, which divided the discussion into 15 minute segments, was supposed to encouraged such exchanges.

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It’s Jim Lehrer’s turn to respond to the debate

Jim Lehrer has a few words in response to those who thought he let President Obama and Mitt Romney ramble on and roll over him in Wednesday’s presidential debate:

“So what?”

The veteran PBS newsman, who was persuaded by the Presidential Debate Commission to moderate his 12th debate — the last one he’ll do, he vows — says the event wasn’t about “control” or the strict enforcement of rules. It was about producing a sharp discussion and substantive contrast between the candidates. Besides, he says, few people seemed to understand that the new format, which divided the discussion into 15 minute segments, was supposed to encourage such exchanges.

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