NPR's Ari Shapiro says living on the Romney campaign trail means lots of waiting. Waiting for the press bus to depart, waiting for the candidate to arrive, waiting for the Secret Service sniffer dog to inspect your gear. It's hard to get actual work done during those lulls. But it's easy to scan Twitter.
The Labor Department said the U.S. economy added 69,000 jobs last month — far fewer than analysts expected. The unemployment rate also rose to 8.2 percent, up from 8.1 percent in April. The monthly jobs report is an important weather vane for anyone trying to get a bead on which way the economic winds are blowing.
In congressional campaigns, the incumbent tends to have an advantage. But because of redistricting and a young challenger with impressive fundraising totals, the race in California's 9th district is highly competitive.
A federal judge in Florida has blocked the state from enforcing tough restrictions on groups that conduct voter registration drives. Because of the restrictions, the League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote had stopped registering voters in the state. The groups challenged the new law in court.
A jury in North Carolina Thursday acquitted John Edwards on one count in his federal campaign finance case and deadlocked on the others. The judge declared a mistrial. The government had accused the former vice presidential nominee of accepting campaign donations to cover-up an affair with his pregnant mistress. The government is unlikely to retry the case.
Participation is down at some of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events which raise money for breast cancer research and treatment. The foundation may be suffering from the fallout of its decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood programs. The decision was quickly reversed.
Above average voter turnout is expected for next week's gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin. Passions have run high in the state ever since Republican Governor Scott Walker launched an effort to curb the collective bargaining power of public employee unions.
The unemployment in Michigan is dropping as the auto industry rebounds, and the state has a budget surplus for the first time in many years. But many local leaders say they're not seeing a comeback. They believe state leaders are helping themselves — and the business community — at the expense of the well-being of cities.
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