Washington (CNN) - Another month, another weak jobs report. And don't expect Congress to do much about it anytime soon.
With unemployment stuck above 8%, congressional Democrats and Republicans blasted each other Friday for blocking legislation that would help create new jobs and spark stronger economic growth. Both parties have a number of proposals on the table, but with the campaign now in full swing neither side expects anything to pass before Election Day.
(CNN) – In an act of protest, Jon Huntsman will not attend the Republican national convention this August in Tampa.
The former Republican presidential hopeful, Utah governor and ambassador to China said in a statement that he won't participate in the convention or others in the future until his fellow conservatives start tackling the bigger issues.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney's offhand remark comparing a batch of cookies from a mom-and-pop store to snacks found at 7-Eleven was resurrected by his rival's campaign Monday as President Barack Obama's bus tour made its final stop in Pittsburgh.
Romney originally made his comments in April during a campaign swing through Pennsylvania. Pausing to take note of the desserts while sitting down at a picnic table, Romney said: "I'm not sure about these cookies. They don't look like you made them," Romney said to the woman sitting next to him "No, no. They came from the local 7-eleven, bakery, or whatever."
(CNN) – On the day new employment numbers showed a disappointing growth of 80,000 jobs in June, President Barack Obama on Friday nodded to the small increase but said there was more work to be done.
"It's still tough out there," Obama said at a campaign stop in Poland, Ohio.
Washington (CNN) - An independent group co-founded by Karl Rove says it's going up with a new TV commercial that highlights what it claims are President Barack Obama's excuses for the bad economy.
Crossroads GPS said Friday that the spot is the first wave of a $25 million ad buy starting July 10 and running through early August. The group says the ad will air on network TV in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, all important swing states that both Democrats and Republicans will heavily contest in presidential election.
Washington (CNN) - Expect to see more of Kevin Madden accompanying Mitt Romney on the campaign trail.
The senior adviser in Romney's presidential campaign will be traveling more with the presumptive Republican nominee and working more in the day to day messaging of the campaign, a source close to team Romney confirms to CNN.
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (CNN) - A jobs report showing lukewarm hiring in June is a "kick in the gut" to American workers, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney said in New Hampshire Friday.
"It's consistent with what I've heard as I've gone across the country and met with families in their homes, in cafes and restaurants and in break rooms," Romney said. "American families are struggling. There's a lot of misery in America today, and these numbers understate what people are feeling and the amount of pain which is occurring in middle class America."
(CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will respond to Friday's June jobs report in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, at 10 a.m. ET, his campaign said.
(CNN) – A weak jobs report Friday was followed quickly by finger pointing from Republicans, who blamed President Barack Obama for enacting policies that have prevented growth and dissuaded employers from hiring.
U.S. employers created 80,000 jobs in June, the Labor Department said Friday. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2%.
New York (CNNMoney) - Hiring was lukewarm last month, with employers adding jobs but not enough to bring the unemployment rate down.
The economy added 80,000 jobs in June, the Labor Department reported Friday, barely an improvement from the 77,000 jobs added in May.