The biggest story in Washington on Friday is the release of the July unemployment rate. No matter what the monthly Labor Department report shows, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will each try to frame the rate as a reason to support his economic policy.
Obama has a late-morning White House event focusing on middle-class tax cuts, and he is expected to include comments on the July unemployment rate. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, will be campaigning in Nevada, and he is certain to work in reaction soon after the rate is announced.
Last month's rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent.
The July report will set the topic for an otherwise quiet weekend in terms of scheduled political events.
Vice President Joe Biden will attend a re-election fundraiser in Los Angeles on Friday, and first lady Michelle Obama will be campaigning in Massachusetts.
Worth noting on Saturday: Biden will speak at the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Las Vegas; former President Bill Clinton will keynote the Minnesota Democratic-Farm-Labor Party Hubert H. Humphrey - Mondale Dinner; and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, will campaign for Romney in Ohio.
And then there is this: Saturday is Obama's birthday. He turns 51. What does he want for his birthday? On Thursday he said he wants to win Florida.
Sources: Yahoo! News, Associated Press