Obama group backs economic speech with ad
July 26th, 2013
08:02 AM ET
12 months ago

Obama group backs economic speech with ad

(CNN) – Organizing for Action, the political advocacy group aligned with President Barack Obama, has turned the much-hyped, hour-long speech the president delivered in Illinois on Wednesday into a 60-second television spot that will air on national cable.

Clips of the president are spliced together with photographs of construction workers, manufacturers, students, and families, all designed to promote the economic message the White House says will be their focus on the coming months.
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Filed under: Economy • OFA • President Obama
July 24th, 2013
01:51 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama: Rest of my presidency is for working-class America

Galesburg, Illinois (CNN) - President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday to focus his energy for the rest of his presidency on the core tenet of his election victories - equal opportunity for all Americans - starting with a campaign-style speech on the economy that also appeared to launch this year's budget battle with Republicans.

Confronting deep partisan divide over federal spending, tax reform and raising the debt ceiling later this year, Obama told a raucous crowd of hundreds at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, that reversing a growing inequality between haves and have-nots should be the top priority of Congress.

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Filed under: Economy • President Obama
Obama speeches renew budget debate as deadlines loom
July 24th, 2013
11:46 AM ET
12 months ago

Obama speeches renew budget debate as deadlines loom

(CNN) - The great budget battle of 2013 begins in earnest Wednesday with speeches by President Barack Obama that will emphasize his economic fairness message in the face of Republican demands for more sharp spending cuts.

Confronting deep partisan divide over the 2014 federal budget, tax reform and raising the debt ceiling later this year, Obama's remarks in Illinois and Missouri will seek to frame the budget debate by focusing on the nation's recovery from recession during his presidency and his call for equal opportunity that helped win two elections.

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Filed under: Economy • President Obama
Obama heads home to refocus on the economy
July 24th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
12 months ago

Obama heads home to refocus on the economy

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama returns to his home state of Illinois on Wednesday to kick off a series of speeches intended to shift the public conversation back to the economy.

The first speech in the series will take place at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where Obama delivered his first major economic address of his national political career eight years ago.
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Filed under: Economy • Illinois • President Obama
Obama to talk about economy at Illinois college
July 21st, 2013
08:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama to talk about economy at Illinois college

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will hit the road again to talk about jobs and the economy, resetting the message amid a busy summer that's so far been dominated by immigration reform efforts, the IRS scandal, national security leaks and the president's trips to Europe and Africa.

Obama will return to Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois on Wednesday to kick off a series of speeches about his economic plan, White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer wrote in an e-mail to supporters Sunday evening.
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Filed under: Economy • Jobs • President Obama
July 21st, 2013
11:50 AM ET
1 year ago

5 stories to watch this week

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama holds more campaign-like events on the economy this week after speaking on Monday to the group that helped him get a second term in the White House.

Here are five stories to watch in the week ahead.

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Filed under: Congress • Economy • President Obama
Republicans quick to say jobs report not good enough
July 5th, 2013
10:11 AM ET
1 year ago

Republicans quick to say jobs report not good enough

Washington (CNN) – Both the White House and Republicans are weighing in on the new unemployment report. And as expected, their reactions were completely different.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a better than expected jobs report Friday, with 195,000 jobs added to the economy while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6%.
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Filed under: Alan Krueger • Economy • Jobs • John Boehner • President Obama • Reince Priebus
June jobs report: Hiring beats expectations
July 5th, 2013
08:58 AM ET
1 year ago

June jobs report: Hiring beats expectations

New York (CNNMoney) - The job market made some headway last month, as hiring continued at a pace that beat expectations.

The economy added 195,000 new jobs in June, the Labor Department reported Friday, the same as the hiring pace in May, which was revised higher. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6%.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Economy • Jobs
CNN Economy Poll: Are you better or worse off than last year?
June 19th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Economy Poll: Are you better or worse off than last year?

Washington (CNN) - Call it a mixed bag.

They're still a minority, but an increasing number of Americans say economic conditions right now are good, according to a new national poll.
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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • Economy
Obama to tap new top economist
June 10th, 2013
07:09 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama to tap new top economist

(CNNMoney) - President Obama is set to name Jason Furman as the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, the fourth person to hold the top economics post since Obama took office.

Furman has served as assistant to the president for economic policy and as principal deputy director of the National Economic Council, a post he has held since the beginning of the administration. During his time in the White House, he has helped craft the stimulus bill passed in the administration's early days and was a major contributor to the shaping of health care reform legislation.

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Filed under: Economy • President Obama
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