* New CNN poll: Obama leads Romney 49-46 among registered voters, but Americans also say Romney’s business background is the right experience to improve the economy, 50-45.
Yet despite that continued presumption of Romney’s economic competence, the two are exactly tied, 45-45, on who best understands the economy, and Obama has a big lead, 55-34, on who best understands the problems of ordinary Americans.
* Chart of the day: Glenn Kessler has a very interesting comparison of Romney’s and Obama’s jobs records; it shows both inherited jobs losses and ended with job growth. Definitely worth a look.
* Fact check of the day: The Associated Press buries a range of Romney claims about Solyndra, which will nonetheless continue to be repeated far and wide by the Romney camp.
* Relatedly, good stuff from Jake Tapper, who asks the Romney campaign to justify his claim that an “inspector general” concluded the Obama administration steered Solyndra money to “friends and family”:
I asked the Romney campaign why the candidate is saying something that is not true. A campaign aide responded with the campaign’s — not the inspector general’s — take that “friends” and “family” benefitted from the Solyndra loan.
* A good find by Simon van Zuylen-Wood: It turns out GOP Veep darling Rob Portman is all for the government “picking of winners and losers” Romney derides as proof of Obama’s economic illiteracy.
* Steve Benen’s regular Friday tally of Romney’s most glaring falsehoods and distortions of the week weighs in at a hefty 18 items. It’s the 20th installment, and there’s still no shortage of material.
* Jamelle Bouie pivots off today’s job numbers to recap the recent history of GOP obstructionism and contemplate how incredibly ludicrous our politics have really become.
* Romney adviser Lanhee Chen clarifies: President Romney would not offer any relief to the 11.5 million homeowners who owe more than on mortages than homes are worth, dismissing any “short term approaches.”
* Raising the stakes, Obama tells donors that his reelection might finally break the GOP “fever” of opposition to tax hikes:
“I believe that if we’re successful in this election — when we’re successful in this election — that the fever may break, because there’s a tradition in the Republican Party of more common sense than that... My hope and my expectation is that after the election, now that it turns out the goal of beating Obama doesn’t make much sense because I’m not running again, that we can start getting some cooperation again.”
* Jonathan Bernstein on why the repeal and replace fraud won’t die: New polling shows again that voters don’t want full repeal, and like key parts of the health law.
* Digby on how Democrats — finally, belatedly — are beginning to awaken to the dead seriousness of the right’s voter surpression schemes.
* And a random question: How many news accounts on today’s GOP attacks over the bad jobs numbers will also tell readers that Senate Republicans filibustered multiple jobs bills that the public supported?