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VIDEO: First Read Minute: Jobs, Santorum strategy, and disclosure

NBC's Domenico Montanaro discusses March's jobs report, Rick Santorum's new campaign strategy, and Mitt Romney's tax problem.

 

The unemployment rate dipped today to 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 where it was the last two months. The economy added 120,000 jobs. But that was below the expected 200,000 jobs -- and those expectations will drive political coverage today.

Other stories we're watching and following up on:

Yesterday, Rick Santorum huddled with conservatives. His strategy seems to be the following:

1. Get Gingrich out, have him endorse Santorum and get all of his delegates to go to Santorum. Gingrich says that's not happening.

2. Get Texas to change its rules on how it allocates delegates, from proportional to winner take all. But Texas would need a waiver from the Republican National Committee to do so. And sources at the RNC tells us, there's little chance that will happen.

The other story getting attention today is -- once again -- Mitt Romney's taxes.

The Washington Post reported yesterday that not everything is laid out in his financial disclosure as it relates to investments with his former employer Bain Capital.

That sparked the Obama campaign to call for Romney to release more of his taxes. And they're encouraging people to Tweet Romney with the hashtag "Whats Romney Hiding."

The Romney campaign says it's done everything required by law and that this is a distraction from an Obama campaign that wants to do everything it can NOT to talk about the economy.

It's yet another sign of the general-election campaign having already started.