Obama and Romney agree that the election is about the economy; the White House sees a Hakeem Jeffries test

Briefing: Jeffries. (Cuomo's office via flickr)
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2012

"In an attempt to stem two weeks of political and economic sliding touched off by a grim jobs report, Mr. Obama, sounding as if he realized he was in a fight for his political life, wrapped his arms around the one issue that could be his chief liability in November: the still-sluggish economy. " [Helen Cooper]

Moving off the "fine" message, Obama said the November elections can break the stalemate in Washington and help get the economy moving. [Julie Pace]

Romney: "He's been president for three and a half years. And talk is cheap, actions speak very loud." [Laura MacInnis]

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Romney's campaign released another view of Obama's "fine" remark. [Michael Barbaro]

This is what the debates will look like. [Greg Sargent]

Today's speeches about the economy in Ohio were the first time Obama and Romney were in the same state on the same day. [Associated Press]

"Is your name really LeBron?" Obama asked a young man who introduced himself during an unscheduled stop at a Boys and Girls Club in Cleveland. [Henry Gomez]

A reporter notes Obama has been doing just as much fund-raising in New York as Romney, despite the rhetoric from the New York State Republican Party chairman. [Nick Reisman]

Obama expressed support for Rep. Greg Meeks' re-election, despite an F.B.I. probe into a loan he got. [Alison Gendar]

NY-06

Robert Mittman has connections to the Queens Democratic party. [Chris Bragg]

Lancman is "the best advocate for raising taxes on the rich." [Queens Chronicle]

Lancman appeared with the head of the Juniper Park Civic Association, which is hosting a debate tonight. [Flickr]

NY-08

A top Democrat with ties to the White House: "This primary outcome might represent hope for the future or painfully make clear that the caucus has utterly lost it's way." Also: Hakeem Jeffries got his photo taken with Obama and Bill Clinton. [Ben Smith]

So that's why he was that the Waldorf. [Twitter]

Jeffries raised more than $750,000 for his race. [Colin Campbell]

The NY Delegation

"What [Rep. Joe] Crowley’s massive war chest highlights is a stark reality of New York City’s congressional delegation: Members who are unopposed in their party have raised and spent an average of nearly twice as much in the primary season as those facing a challenger." [Sasha Chavkin]

City Hall

Another teacher arrested for sexually abusing a student. [Andy Newman]

A lawsuit filed today to block a deal supported by Bloomberg and Cuomo, argues there was not a serious inquiry into the impact of moving Fresh Direct from Queens to the Bronx. [Colin Moynihan]

Christine Quinn, Gale Brewer and Brad Lander promote Community Supported Agriculture Programs, in the City Hall parking lot. [William Alatriste]

Albany

Headline: "Cuomo's Astaire-worthy fracking performance." [Rick Karlin]