(CNN) - In their weekly addresses, the White House and the Republican Party described different visions for how to fix an economy that still struggles to show consistent growth.
Friday's monthly jobs report showed the economy picking up slightly after a lull over the winter, but signaled that a healthy jobs market is still years away.
President Obama, in his weekly address from the White House, pushed for job creation and training, access to education and raising the minimum wage, while Sen. Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, in the GOP's weekly address, blamed Democrats for an approach that he says throws "billions of dollars each year" at problems in the job market without making fundamental improvements.
(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at the annual California Republicans convention Saturday as the party faces an uphill battle in a state that has turned more and more blue.
Some speculated Rice would run in the Republican presidential primaries in 2008, but she wasn't interested. She left George W. Bush's White House in 2009 and returned to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, as a political science professor.
As a featured speaker at the California Republican Party luncheon in Burlingame, Rice touched on many issues central to the Republican’s party’s future – from economic inequality and education, to foreign policy and military strength.
(CNN) - The percentage of Americans who identify themselves as political independents is at an all-time high and the number who identify as Republicans is at an all-time low, according to new numbers by Gallup.
Forty-two percent of Americans identified themselves as independents last year, the highest level Gallup's measured since it switched from in-person to telephone interviews a quarter century ago.FULL STORY
Updated 10:47 a.m. ET, 11/24/14
Washington (CNN) – Republicans blasted the Obama administration Saturday night after President Barack Obama announced a historic agreement had been reached by Iran and six world powers over Tehran's nuclear program.
In tweets and official statements, House and Senate Republicans argued that the administration was appeasing a duplicitous enemy without securing enough concessions in return.
Washington (CNN) – After Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost the Latino vote by more than 40% in 2012, the Republican Party has started an effort to rebrand itself to be more attractive to the growing demographic.
But that's not going to be easy, according to the results of a new poll released Friday, and will require the Republican Party to turn back the a belief among Latinos that the party doesn't care about them.
Washington (CNN) – A few days after President Barack Obama announced his proposed "grand bargain" to spur economic growth, Republicans remain unimpressed with the United States economy, reacting harshly to the new jobs report for July.
According to the Labor Department, the economy added 162,000 jobs last month, lowering the unemployment rate from 7.6% in June to 7.4% in July. The numbers are less than the 180,000 jobs that economists had originally anticipated for the month.
Washington (CNN) – Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming ripped Liz Cheney's decision to challenge Sen. Mike Enzi for his Senate seat next year in Wyoming as "bad form" and predicted she would lose in the GOP primary next year.
"I don't know that anybody can out-conservative Mike Enzi," Lummis told reporters outside the House chamber on Tuesday. She also compared her to Hillary Clinton when she ran for senator in New York.
(CNN) - The House of Representatives passed a measure to repeal Obamacare entirely on Thursday - a move the GOP-led chamber has done twice already.
But the latest scandal involving the IRS, one of the key agencies charged with enforcing the health care law, is adding fuel to the political fire over the controversial new law.
(CNN) - Republicans continued the battle of the budget in their weekly address Saturday, dissing the Democrat-controlled Senate's recently proposed annual fiscal plan.
Speaking for his party, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah repeated demands for a provision to balance the budget and urged President Barack Obama to craft his upcoming proposal accordingly. The president's budget plan is set to release next month.
Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) – A task force charged with identifying winning political strategies and broadening the GOP's appeal with minority voters will deliver its recommendations in March to the Republican National Committee on what steps the party needs to take going forward.
"We have real challenges and we did get whipped," in the 2012 election, Mississippi National Committeeman Henry Barbour said at the RNC's Winter Meeting in Charlotte. "That is not something we take lightly."