From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
As expected, the labor federation AFL-CIO endorsed Obama today.
"In so many ways -- on jobs, health care, gas prices and the war in Iraq -- our country is headed in the wrong direction," AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said in a released statement. "Barack Obama has proven from his days as an organizer, to his time in the Senate and his historic run for the presidency, that he's leading the fight to turn around America. He's a champion for working families who knows what it's going to take to create an economy that works for everyone, not just Big Oil, Big Pharma, the insurance companies, the giant mortgage lenders, speculators and the very wealthy. We're proud to stand with Sen. Obama to help our nation chart a course that will improve life for generations of working people and our children."