January 20, 2009 |
I'm no policy wonk. But I'll admit to a certain thrill in reading "Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President" (Basic Books: 666 pp., $24.95 paper), a policy casebook edited by New York City's former elected public advocate (and current Air America president) Mark Green and onetime Clinton White House staffer Michele Jolin.
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July 26, 1990 |
President Bush announced Wednesday the appointment of Richard Porter as a special assistant and executive secretary of his Domestic Policy Council. Porter has been deputy assistant secretary for policy review and analysis at the Treasury Department since February, 1989.
April 21, 2009 |
If it seems arbitrary -- even unfair -- to take the measure of a new president after just 100 days in office, you can blame Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1933, with the nation in a financial meltdown, Roosevelt came to the White House and, with an enthusiastic Democratic Congress at his command, enacted a whirlwind of emergency legislation.
February 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Top finance officials of the world's 20 largest economies sought Saturday to allay fear of a currency war, pledging not to target exchange rates to gain a competitive advantage in trade. But the joint statement, issued at the end of a meeting in Moscow of the so-called Group of 20, or G-20, did not single out any country, essentially giving a pass to Japan to keep pursuing its economic policies despite a significant slide in the value of the yen since November. Japan's new government under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will meet with President Obama this week in Washington, had been talking down the yen and has pressed its central bank for more expansive monetary stimulus to break out of its deflationary trap and boost the nation's stagnant economy.
May 13, 2004 |
President Bush on Wednesday named his acting AIDS advisor, Carol J. Thompson, as head of the Office of National AIDS Policy. Bush's first two AIDS advisors, Scott Evertz and Joseph O'Neill, are both male doctors who are openly gay. Thompson, a woman, is not a physician and is heterosexual. The appointments of Evertz and O'Neill to the job were applauded at the time by gay groups and AIDS activists.