(CNN) - Hands down, it's the most important monthly economic report in the race for the White House.
And April's numbers from the Labor Department didn't provide President Obama a lot to brag about.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Friday urged high school students to e-mail, tweet, and teach their parents to tweet a message to Congress to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling on July 1.
In his continuing push to extend the current 3.4% interest rate charged on federal student loans, Obama told students at a Virginia high school that the goal is to provide all Americans with the best possible education.
New York (CNNMoney) - April's jobs report was, in a word, disappointing. The economy added only 115,000 jobs. Hiring slowed. More than 340,000 workers dropped out of the labor force.
April's report, which follows lackluster numbers for March, is particularly bad news for President Obama's campaign staff in Chicago.
Pittsburgh (CNN) - Mitt Romney, slamming President Barack Obama for his performance creating jobs, said Friday any unemployment figure above 4% shouldn't be cause for celebration.
Romney's comments came hours after the Labor Department released figures showing hiring slowed in April, and workers dropped out of the labor force at an alarming rate. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell to 8.1%.
(CNN) - The Friday meeting between presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his former rival Rick Santorum lasted 90 minutes and took place at the office of Santorum's campaign senior strategist John Brabender in Pittsburgh, sources told CNN.
The meeting began Friday morning. Romney said in an interview on Fox Friday an endorsement from Santorum was not imminent.
(CNN) - With less than four days before the Indiana Senate primary, incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar and his challenger Richard Mourdock made their closing arguments in new television ads released Friday - the final spots of a long, often-times ugly nomination battle.
"America faces serious challenges, but Hoosiers' courage and determination are unbreakable. It's this spirit that guides me every day in the Senate," Lugar says in the ad, "Spirit."
(CNN) – Mitt Romney said Friday his team encouraged Richard Grenell, a spokesman who resigned after less than two weeks on the job, to stay with the campaign.
"We wanted him to stay with our team," Romney said in an interview on Fox News. "He is a very accomplished spokesperson."
Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum battled each other for months, trading attacks over the Massachusetts health care plan, who was the true fiscal conservative and each other's records.
Now the one-time foes for the Republican presidential nomination are sitting down Friday in Pittsburgh not to hash over their differences, but instead to get to know each other better and discuss what role Santorum may play in helping Romney, according to Santorum aides.
(CNN) - A student who attended a Gov. Chris Christie campaign event requests a note explaining his tardiness to school.
(CNN) - Governor Mitt Romney will drop his challenge for the four remaining delegates in Ohio, effectively giving them to Rick Santorum.
The delegates come from districts Santorum won but because he didn't have a full slate of names required to fill the spots, the Romney campaign originally contested they should be awarded to the former Massachusetts governor. This will bring Santorum to 25 delegates in Ohio, still below the 38 Romney won, CNN estimates.