* Nate Silver says today’s jobs report mostly cemented the political status quo, i.e., the electorate’s sense that the recovery is slow but we’re not likely to slip into recession, which leaves Obama still the favorite.
* Jim Tankersley says nothing has changed: A slow but not escalating recovery is the picture solidifying in voters’ minds, and it’s unclear whether it’s enough to decisively tip them either way.
* Good on the ground reporting from the Los Angeles Times on how Ohio voters are processing Obama’s message about Bain and the tax returns — and the doubts it’s sowing about whose side Romney's on.
* Is Obama gaining in the swing states he’s saturating with ads? Jay Cost finds evidence that he may be doing better in the battlegrounds than nationally, though the real action has yet to begin.
* If it’s Friday, it’s time for Steve Benen’s regular tally of Romney’s most glaring falsehoods and distortions of the week, and this installment weighs in at 28 items.
* Good question from Ed Kilgore: How can Romney turn his favorability ratings around if he’s rendered unable to talk about his business background, gubernatorial experience, tax returns, or details of his proposals?
* I’m glad the New York Times' Jackie Calmes stated as fact that Romney’s tax plan is not like Simpson-Bowles, as he’s claimed, because the latter asks for new revenues from the wealthy.
We need more reporting that cuts through the he-said-she-said on Romey’s plans, not to mention more comparing the candidates’ plans to fix the crisis — which, last I checked, is the central issue in this race.
* By saying “put up or shut up” to Harry Reid, Romney has only reminded us that he has yet to “put up” on his tax returns, and let’s face it, this should have been an easy one for him.
* Also, it’s remarkable that the GOP’s nominee for president needs to reassure voters of this: “Let me also say, categorically, I have paid taxes every year.” This issue isn’t going away.
* Nancy Pelosi adds her voice to those pressuring Edward DeMarco to stop blocking mortgage relief, and this story will escalate, though Obama still can’t appoint his own choice, thanks to GOP opposition.
* Relatedly, a good rant from David Dayen over the government’s failure to keep adequate track of how many foreclosures have happened, which doesn’t make it easier to formulate a response to the crisis.
* Also good: Digby translates Paul Ryan’s latest into the Ayn-Randian original.
* The AARP is launching a tour in swing states and at the conventions highlighting Social Security and Medicare as key election issues — another sign the battle will be fought on the turf of entitlement reform.
* And via Taegan Goddard, the quote of the day (actually, pretty much everybody’s quote of the day at this point), from porn star Jenna Jameson, explaining her endorsement of Romney:
“When you’re rich, you want a Republican in office.”
Update: The labor backed Americans United For Change is already out with a Web video having fun with the Jameson endorsement, and with her rather candid explanation for it.