(CNN) - As both sides of the aisle put political spin on Friday's job report, outspoken Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu weighed in, calling the White House and advisers' comments on the report "numb and dumb."
"They're numb because they're insensitive to the 25 million people that are unemployed and underemployed. And they're dumb because they're deceptive," the Romney national campaign co-chairman said Friday on CNN's "The Situation Room."
(CNN) – Alan Krueger, the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, says economic data is volatile, but trending upwards.
Washington (CNN) – House Republicans demanded on Friday that the Obama administration identify White House staffers' personal e-mail addresses which may have been used to conduct government business, a request an Obama spokesman is calling "nakedly political."
The request, from House Committee and Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, follows a congressional committee report earlier this week that found some senior White House officials had exchanged e-mails with lobbyists and other interested parties during the drafting of the health care law in 2010 using their personal email accounts.
(CNN) – CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reports on what Congress did and didn't do before leaving town.
CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 3, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
DEVELOPING: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS … 8:30 a.m. ET July jobs report shows the unemployment rate rising from 8.2% to 8.3%.
11:57 a.m. ET: MITT ROMNEY AT A CAMPAIGN EVENT IN NORTH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA: “This economy has hurt American families right here and we need help. This is a place that is really struggling, and of course today, we just got a new number from the unemployment report, and it's another hammer blow to the struggling middle-class families of America because the president has not had policies that put American families back to work. I do. I'll put them in place and get America working again.”
12:02 p.m. ET: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN REMARKS ABOUT JOBS, CONGRESS AND TAXES FROM THE OLD EXECUTIVE OFFICE BUILDING: “We learned that our businesses created 172,000 new jobs in the month of July. That means that we've now created 4.5 million new jobs over the last 29 months and 1.1 million so far this year. Those are our neighbors, family members finding work and the security that comes with work. But let's acknowledge we've still got too many folks out there who are looking for work. We've got more work to do on their behalf, not only to reclaim all of the jobs that were lost during the recession but also to reclaim the kind of financial security that too many Americans had felt was slipping away from them for too long.”
Washington (CNN) - A glass half-full or emptying fast? Depends on who you listened to Friday as President Barack Obama and certain Republican nominee Mitt Romney described the July jobs report at competing public appearances.
Flanked by what he called middle-class Americans at the White House, Obama said the July figures showed 29 straight months of job growth, including 1.1 million new jobs this year, following the recession that was in place when he took office in January 2009.
North Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) – Mitt Romney said Friday in Nevada that a monthly jobs report showing the unemployment rate rising from 8.2% to 8.3% proved President Barack Obama had failed to stem the suffering of 23 million Americans still out of work.
The same report showed 163,000 jobs were created in July, a statistic the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said represented only one element of a larger, disappointing record.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama touted overall job creation numbers from his time in office on Friday morning, hours after a jobs report brought mixed news on the nation's employment picture. He also urged Republicans in Congress to pass a tax measure which remains a rift between the two parties.
Private sector hiring was up in July, with the economy creating a net 163,000 jobs, but the unemployment rate also increased from 8.2% to 8.3%, according to the Labor Department's report.
(CNN) – The Tea Party Express continued its slate of endorsements Friday, throwing its support behind U.S. Senate candidate Mark Neumann ahead of Wisconsin's Republican primary August 14.
"The Tea Party is united behind Mark Neumann because he is the proven conservative in the race," Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer wrote in a statement. "Mark earned the support of the Tea Party Express, and Tea Party members from every corner of Wisconsin, because he is the only one with a plan that cuts spending, balances the budget and repeals ObamaCare. He understands that we must get back to Constitutional principles in Washington. And, he is the one we can trust to stand up to Barack Obama."
New York (CNNMoney) - Is President Obama a job creator? Not yet. But he might be by Election Day.
The American economy only has to add another 316,000 jobs to get back to where it was in January 2009, when the president was sworn in.