Obama finds a tough crowd at gun-control town hall
Leading Friday morning’s news cycle: President Obama met with a skeptical audience on gun-control executive actions on Thursday night on CNN. Obama also penned an op-ed in The New York Times that ran Thursday evening saying he won’t back a candidate who doesn’t support "common sense" gun measures. New York's tough headline: "Obama admits defeat on gun control, pushes Democrats to keep fighting."
What to watch Friday: December job numbers
Analysts are looking for the US economy to have added 211,000 jobs in December, just like the previous month, and the unemployment rate to hold steady at 5%. Others are anticipating a slight drop in the jobless number. Update: The US economy added 292,000 jobs in December, beating expectations. The unemployment rate was steady at 5%.
Also today: Tech CEOs tapped to fight terror
White House law enforcement and counterterrorism officials are scheduled to meet with tech-sector CEOs on Friday to see how they can help to fight radicalization online. Representatives from Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Apple are scheduled to attend. Meanwhile, the US said a top Islamic State spokesman was wounded in an airstrike.
Campbell to disclose GMOs on labels
The soup-maker will become the first major food company to spell out when its foods contain ingredients with GMOs, such as corn, soy, and sugar beets, on its labels. Campbell owns brands including Pepperidge Farms, V8, and Prego.
Not a CES publicity stunt
US Marshals raided a booth promoting hover boards at CES on Thursday after a Silicon Valley company accused a Chinese rival of ripping off its products. Meanwhile, virtual reality technologies took center stage at the Las Vegas event.
Critics say United should say more about CEO’s health
United Continental Holdings said Wednesday that CEO Oscar Munoz underwent heart-transplant surgery and was expected to return to his job this spring. However, some said the company should have disclosed more since Munoz suffered a heart attack 12 weeks ago.
New York mayor shuffles comms team
The communications team for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is getting a facelift. Former spokesman Wiley Norvell is taking on the role of communications adviser for Housing and Urban Development.
Who's going where
Northrop Grumman named Lisa Davis as corporate VP for communications, overseeing media relations, employee comms, advertising, executive comms, and branding and corporate image. Agenda brought on Jeff Crater as senior energer adviser. NBC Entertainment hired Allison Rawlings as SVP of corporate communications.