Economy added 96,000 jobs in August, unemployment falls to 8.1%
September 7th, 2012
08:33 AM ET
2 years ago

Economy added 96,000 jobs in August, unemployment falls to 8.1%

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The labor market lost momentum last month as job growth fell to a disappointingly slow pace.

The unemployment rate fell, but that was largely due to people who stopped looking for jobs.

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On the Trail: Friday, September 7
September 7th, 2012
07:28 AM ET
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On the Trail: Friday, September 7

(CNN) - The two parties' political conventions are over, and with 60 days to go until Election Day, both campaigns are out in force Friday. And they're headed to some familiar territory: Iowa and New Hampshire, the two states that kicked off the caucus and primary season back in January. Both are key general election battlegrounds.

Mitt Romney, who spent the last several days in Vermont preparing for the debates, will make campaign stops in both states, as will President Obama and Vice President Biden.

(As Romney flies from Iowa to New Hampshire, the Obamas and the Bidens will be flying from New Hampshire to Iowa.)

Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential candidate, campaigns in Nevada.

See the full schedule after the jump.
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Tax battle: Obama vs. Romney
September 7th, 2012
07:13 AM ET
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Tax battle: Obama vs. Romney

New York (CNNMoney) – Both President Obama and Mitt Romney want to change the income tax code in big ways.

And for good reason.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • President Obama • Taxes
CNN Fact Check: Clinton arithmetic holds up on jobs
September 7th, 2012
07:11 AM ET
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CNN Fact Check: Clinton arithmetic holds up on jobs

(CNN) - It was a big applause line, one of many for former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday night.

Speaking to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Clinton - whose presidency unfolded during a boom era for the U.S. economy - told delegates that Democratic administrations had a nearly 2-to-1 advantage over Republicans in creating jobs.

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CNN Fact Check: Would Romney bankrupt Medicare by 2016?
September 7th, 2012
07:09 AM ET
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CNN Fact Check: Would Romney bankrupt Medicare by 2016?

(CNN) - More than one speaker at the Democratic National Convention alleged this week that a Mitt Romney presidency would spell financial ruin for Medicare in four years.

The claim stems from earlier projections, made before the Democrats' health care reform law was passed in 2010, that Medicare's hospital insurance trust fund would be insolvent before the end of this decade.

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September 7th, 2012
07:04 AM ET
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CNN Fact Check: Obama, Romney and Osama bin Laden

(CNN) - It may have been Barack Obama's most dramatic moment as president so far, and it certainly didn't go unmentioned as he accepted the Democratic nomination for a second term Thursday night.

Speaker after speaker reminded the audience in the convention hall and beyond that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden - the mastermind of 9/11, public enemy No. 1 for a decade - had been gunned down by American commandos in Pakistan 16 months ago.

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Filed under: Mitt Romney • Osama bin Laden • President Obama
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, September 7, 2012
September 7th, 2012
05:10 AM ET
2 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, September 7, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click the headlines for more.

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CNN: Obama urges voters to secure the change he started
President Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination for re-election on Thursday, telling the Democratic National Convention and Americans that only the voters in November have the power to secure the change he started. In a tough speech that sounded now-familiar themes of his campaign, the president sought to show his supporters that their votes for him four years ago brought achievements that would be wiped out if Republican challenger Mitt Romney wins the election two months away.

CNN: Romney campaign releases ads for 8 battleground states
Less than an hour after President Barack Obama had stepped off of the Democratic National Convention stage, Republican challenger Mitt Romney's campaign announced 15 new, state-specific television advertisements which the campaign says will run in 8 battlegrounds.

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Romney campaign releases ads for 8 battleground states
September 7th, 2012
02:33 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney campaign releases ads for 8 battleground states

(CNN) - Less than an hour after President Barack Obama had stepped off of the Democratic National Convention stage, Republican challenger Mitt Romney's campaign announced 15 new, state-specific television advertisements which the campaign says will run in 8 battlegrounds.

A week ago, Romney was officially made the Republican Party's presidential nominee, granting him access to a substantial war chest set aside for the general election. His campaign largely stayed off of television during the Democratic National Convention, which concluded after Obama's speech on Thursday.
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Five things we learned from Day Three of the DNC
September 7th, 2012
02:19 AM ET
2 years ago

Five things we learned from Day Three of the DNC

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - President Barack Obama accepted the nomination of his party Thursday on the last night of the Democratic National Convention, wrapping up a three-day political lovefest in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Obama's acceptance speech wasn't one of his best, but it was enough to send Democrats infused with enthusiasm as they head home and hope it spreads there.

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September 7th, 2012
02:15 AM ET
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Obama urges voters to secure the change he started

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - President Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination for re-election on Thursday, telling the Democratic National Convention and Americans that only the voters in November have the power to secure the change he started.

In a tough speech that sounded now-familiar themes of his campaign, the president sought to show his supporters that their votes for him four years ago brought achievements that would be wiped out if Republican challenger Mitt Romney wins the election two months away.

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