(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Friday that "today's job report confirms what most Americans already know: We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do."
He called on Congress to take a series of steps to help strengthen the economic recovery, including dedicating more money to infrastructure repair, streamlining the patent approval process, passing several free-trade agreements, and extending the current payroll tax break.
He also called for a rapid conclusion to the debt ceiling talks. "The sooner we get this done," the sooner businesses will have the certainty needed "to grow and to hire," he said.
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidates pounced on the June jobs report Friday, sharply criticizing President Obama and touting their plans to improve the country.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said the president "has failed to get this economy moving again."
(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Friday that there is no agreement on a deal to raise the debt ceiling "in private or in public."
"It's not like there's some imminent deal about to happen," Boehner said. "There are serious disagreements" about how to deal with the problem. "This is a Rubik's Cube that we haven't quite worked out yet."
(CNN) – A documentary film about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is no longer just for private premiers. Producers of the film released a trailer Friday of the feature-length film set to play throughout the country beginning July 15.
The trailer is a glimpse into the favorable film that tracks Palin's career using home movies and photographs, audio from her memoir "Going Rogue" and interviews with former aides and supporters.
Washington (CNN) - Just five minutes after the release of the nation's June unemployment report, House Speaker John Boehner released a statement saying "the American people are still asking the question, where are the jobs?"
At 8:30 a.m. ET, the Labor Department reported the unemployment rate edged up to 9.2 percent in June, from 9.1 percent in May. Economists had predicted the rate would improve to 9 percent.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – The job market hit a major roadblock last month, as hiring slowed to a crawl and the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose.
The economy gained just 18,000 jobs in the month, the government reported Friday, sharply missing most expectations and coming in even weaker than the paltry 25,000 jobs added in May. Economists were eagerly awaiting this month's report, following a dismal report from May that originally showed a gain of just 54,000 jobs.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A group of U.S. lawmakers pushed for the creation of a "melting pot museum" on the National Mall, calling Thursday for a presidential commission to study the idea.
The Museum of the American People would focus on the role immigration and migration played in the development of American society, said Rep. Jim Moran, D-Virginia, who introduced a bill about the museum Thursday.
Washington (CNN) - Meeting with top U.S. lawmakers a day after his 76th birthday, the Dalai Lama cited the principle of church-state separation in his recent decision to step down as the political head of an exiled movement.
"The religious institution, the leader of the religious, and the political leadership, should be separate," he told the legislators during an appearance Thursday in the Capitol. "I myself combine! So my statement, my explanation, become like hypocrisy. Saying something, doing something different."FULL STORY
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CNN: Obama, Hill leaders hold 'constructive' debt talks, schedule more
President Barack Obama and congressional leaders from both parties launched a new round of negotiations on a deficit reduction deal Thursday and quickly scheduled a second meeting for Sunday, signaling a shared desire to ensure the federal debt ceiling gets raised to avoid possible default next month.
CNN: Liberals warn Obama against cutting entitlement benefits
Sensing a shift away from their priorities, progressive Democrats and advocacy groups warned Thursday they could turn on President Barack Obama if a deficit-reduction deal reduces benefits in entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.