(CNN) - As President Barack Obama prepares to take his re-election campaign into high gear, his running mate is acknowledging the formidable contest ahead.
Speaking at the Atlantic Ideas Forum Thursday in Washington, Vice Pres. Joe Biden said Republicans posed a real threat to Obama's reelection prospects.
Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - One day after President Barack Obama referred to the jobs crisis in America as "an emergency", GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will deliver his first major foreign policy speech, sharply criticizing the president while laying out his own vision for what he calls "An American Century" including calling for increased military spending.
In an advance draft of his planned remarks he'll deliver before cadets at The Citadel in Charleston, Romney is expected to lay out his vision that combines economic and military strength, noting that "God did not create this country to be a nation of followers."
(CNN) – President Obama has an endorser in a former president, and former foe.
Former President Bill Clinton released a statement Friday disputing the use of his own words as a critique for the president's "American Jobs Act."
New York (CNN) - The "Occupy Wall Street" protests are scheduled to go on Friday as the grassroots movement continues to grow, spread to other cities and grab the attention of the president.
President Barack Obama said Thursday that the demonstrators are giving a voice to those frustrated with the financial system as protests popped up in more than a dozen American cities.
New York (CNNMoney) - Hiring was stronger than expected in September, a rare piece of good news amid growing worries of a weakening U.S. economy. Employers added 103,000 jobs in the month, the Labor Department reported Friday. And July and August were both revised higher, showing an additional gain of 99,000 jobs over the summer. For the last several months, there have been widespread concerns about the economy falling back into recession. And Friday's report was welcome news amid fear of a double-dip recession. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney had predicted a gain of just 65,000 jobs in the month.
Businesses added 137,000 jobs, including 45,000 Verizon strikers who returned to work last month. But that hiring was slightly offset by a loss of 34,000 public jobs, mostly at the local government level. Economists had predicted the private sector would add 90,000 workers in the month. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate remained at 9.1% in August, in line with economists' forecasts.
Washington (CNN) - The government watchdogs who've raised the alarm about billions of dollars of war-zone waste and fraud are falling silent or are missing in action.
The Commission on Wartime Contracting was created by Congress in 2008 as a kind of all-star team of government and accounting experts. It held 25 hearings, its members traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq and they made eight reports to Congress. As of September 30, it was out of the watchdog business with the expiration of its charter.
(CNN) - Courtney Hight told herself not to cry as police handcuffed her outside the White House. "I knew I was doing the right thing," she said. "So I did not cry."
On a cloudy day last month Hight, a former member of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, took a huge career risk and joined more than 1,200 protesters who were demanding that President Obama deny a building permit for Keystone XL, a planned oil pipeline that would stretch from Alberta, Canada, to Texas.
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CNN: Obama challenges GOP: Time to 'meet the moment'
"As we look towards next week, any senator out there who's thinking about voting against this jobs bill when it comes up for a vote needs to explain exactly why they would oppose something that we know would improve our economic situation at such an urgent time for our families and for our businesses," [President Barack] Obama said at a news conference.