WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republicans are quickly reacting to the release of August jobless report.
The Labor Department reported that the nation's unemployment level rose from 9.7 percent, up from 9.4 percent in July. That's the highest rate in 26 years. 216,000 jobs were lost in August, the smallest monthly job loss since August of last year.
The Republican National Committee released a statement just a half hour after the release of the unemployment report, taking on Vice President Joe Biden.
Thursday Biden highlighted the role of the administration's $787 billion stimulus package in sparking an economic recovery, saying "there is a growing consensus: the recovery act is working," he said.
The vice president told an audience at the Brookings Institute in Washington that "instead of talking about the beginning of a depression, we are talking about the end of a recession."
In response, RNC Chairman Michael Steele says, "Yesterday Vice President Biden gave yet another speech to try to convince the American people that President Obama's stimulus bill is creating the jobs he promised."
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Despite the drop in President Barack Obama's approval ratings, Republican policies are still not as popular as Democratic policies, according to a new national poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday morning indicates that the GOP has gained some ground in polls in recent months, but Democrats still hold the advantage on key issues like the economy and health care.
Fifty-two percent of people questioned say the president's policies will move the country in the right direction. An equal percentage feel the same way about the polices of the Democrats in Congress. What do Americans think of Republican policies? Forty-three percent say the GOP's policies will move the country in the right direction. Nearly half of those polled said congressional Republicans would move the country in the wrong direction.
But the percentage of people who think Obama will move the country in the right direction has dropped 11 points since May, while congressional Democrats have seen a 5 point dip. Congressional Republicans have seen a 4 point rise over the same period.
(CNN) - A man says part of one finger was bitten off in a confrontation that developed at a health-care rally Wednesday night in southern California.
William Rice, 65, told CNN in a telephone interview he was in Thousand Oaks, California, standing on a sidewalk across the street from a rally sponsored by the group MoveOn.Org, which supports health-care reform. Rice said an unidentified man came "running at me" yelling, "You're an idiot. You're an idiot."
A spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff's Office told CNN Rice was a counter-demonstrator and that he and another man got into a fistfight.
Rice would not divulge to CNN his views on the proposed health-care reforms.
Rice, who would not say why he was at the location, said he did not do anything to prompt the incident and did not know the other man.
Rice said he hit the other man on the nose when he came at him. "Had I not hit him he would have hit me," Rice said, adding that his left hand ended up in the other man's mouth during the incident, and the top part of his left pinky finger was bitten off.
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