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10 things you need to know today: November 3, 2012
Matt Romney does his father's work in Russia, the NHL cancels its Winter Classic, and more in our roundup of the stories that are making the news and driving opinion
 
Matt Romney speaks at an event in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29: The second-eldest Romney son tried to deliver a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on behalf of his father.
Matt Romney speaks at an event in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29: The second-eldest Romney son tried to deliver a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on behalf of his father.
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1. ECONOMY ADDS 171,000 JOBS IN OCTOBER
The Labor Department reported on Friday that the economy added a solid 171,000 jobs in October, beating most economists' forecasts. The unemployment rate, however, ticked up to 7.9 percent, as more people entered the labor force looking for work. The jobs report is the last before Election Day, and could provide a boost to President Obama as he seeks to convince voters that the economy is on the right track. In further good news for the president, the Labor Department upwardly revised its numbers for September and August, showing that the economy added 84,000 more jobs than initially reported. [The Week]
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2. NEW YORK CITY MARATHON CANCELED
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced late Friday that the New York City marathon will not take place on Sunday as planned. The move comes after the mayor faced bitter criticism for attempting to go forward with the event to "stimulate the economy" despite the fact that many city residents lost their homes and businesses and have gone days without power and water. It remains unclear if the race will take place at another time — not encouraging news for the tens of thousands of runners who traveled to the city from across the country and abroad for the event. The marathon has taken place every year since 1970, including the race in 2001 held two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. [New York Times]
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3. OBAMA KNOCKS ROMNEY FOR JEEP AD
President Obama, back on the campaign trail after a week of dealing with Hurricane Sandy, blasted Mitt Romney for running an ad in Ohio that falsely suggests that Chrysler, the bailed-out auto company, is sending Jeep jobs in America to China. "You don't scare hardworking Americans just to scare up some votes," Obama told a rally in Springfield, Ohio. "That’s not what being president's about." The ad has been debunked by Chrysler's executives and media outlets, but the Romney campaign has yet to pull it down, an indication that it sees the popularity of the auto bailout in Ohio as a major obstacle to overcoming Obama's slim but durable lead in the state. [Los Angeles Times]
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4. ROMNEY'S SON IN RUSSIA ON BUSINESS
Matt Romney, the second-eldest son of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, traveled to Russia this week on a business trip, where he tried to deliver an indirect message to President Vladimir Putin that his father wanted friendly relations with Russia, according to The New York Times. Mitt Romney has described Russia as the U.S.'s top geopolitical foe, but his son reportedly told a Russian with access to Putin that, despite his bellicose rhetoric on the campaign trail, Romney actually wanted to build a relationship. The Romney campaign did not comment. [The New York Times]
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5. NORTHEAST BRACES FOR ANOTHER NOR'EASTER
As the Northeast continues to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, meteorologists say a nor'easter could bring another round of wind, rain, and flooding to the area next week. While the storm won't be anywhere near as strong as Sandy, "even a weak storm could result in a significant set back for clean-up efforts and add to the misery of those reeling from Sandy's destruction," says James Samenow at The Washington Post. But on the bright side, "there's a legitimate chance the storm develops too far out to sea to be a problem." [Washington Post]
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6. POLL: EMBATTLED MOURDOCK LOSING IN INDIANA
Republican Indiana Senate candidate and state treasurer Richard Mourdock is falling behind his opponent Democrat Joe Donnelly, according to a Howey/DePauw University Battleground Poll released Friday. Mourdock is at 36 percent while Donnelly leads at 47 percent. Mourdock recently came under fire for his response to a debate question about abortion. Mourdock opposes abortion even in cases of rape, and said that when pregnancy results from rape, it's what "God intended to happen." The Howey/DePauw survey put Donnelly 2 points ahead in September. [Huffington Post]
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7. GUNMEN KILL 18 IN SOUTHWESTERN PAKISTAN 
Gunman attacked a bus in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province on Friday, killing 18 people including one woman and one child. Most of the victims died from fire that engulfed the vehicle, which was at gas station. Several militant groups are active in Baluchistan, Pakistan's biggest but poorest province. [Reuters]
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8. RHODE ISLAND SUES CURT SCHILLING OVER LOANS
The state of Rhode Island has sued former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling for the $75 million loan guarantee that backed 38 Studios, Schilling's failed video game company. The lawsuit, filed in state Superior Court, names Schilling and 38 Studios' former chief executive and chief financial officers. In May, 38 Studios missed a $1 million loan payment, and defaulted on a government-backed loan. Schilling has already been sued by Citizen's Bank for $2.4 million. [Providence Journal]
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9. NHL CANCELS WINTER CLASSIC
Due to ongoing labor disputes, the National Hockey League has canceled its 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium. The signature event, which was supposed to be held on Jan. 1, between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, is the latest casualty of the labor dispute that has put the season on hold. Already 326 games have been canceled through Nov. 30. In its most recent proposal, the NHL offered the players' union a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenues, which exceeded $3 billion last season, but that offer was rejected. The players responded with three offers that were also rejected in turn. [Associated Press]
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10. FOSTER TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Jodie Foster will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes in January. Foster won Academy Awards for her roles in The Accused and Silence of the Lambs. She is also a producer and director, and has appeared in more than 40 films. [ABC News]

 

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