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August 6, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas, Tribune Washington Bureau
Christina Romer, an economic advisor to President Obama, announced her resignation Thursday night, the second top White House economic official to step down. Romer, head of the Council of Economic Advisors, said she would leave Sept. 3 and return to her job as an economics professor at UC Berkeley. Romer had clashed with Obama's top economic advisor, Lawrence Summers, over her access to the president, though administration officials said she was not leaving because of any personality conflict or policy differences.
December 4, 2009 | By Peter Nicholas
Eager to show he isn't neglecting the recession, President Obama hosted a jobs summit Thursday, soliciting ideas from scores of business and labor leaders on how to reverse an economic downturn that has sent the unemployment rate to its worst level in a generation. The event at the White House was held on the eve of a new government report expected to show that more than 120,000 jobs were lost in November, with unemployment still hovering above 10%. Having spent weeks developing a new Afghanistan war strategy and pushing a healthcare bill, Obama wanted to demonstrate that he has not lost sight of the jobs issue.
August 31, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Beryl W. Sprinkel Economic advisor to Reagan Beryl W. Sprinkel, 85, who served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Reagan administration and who helped guide the administration's response to the October 1987 stock market crash, died Aug. 22 at a nursing home in Beecher, Ill. He had Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, a rare neuromuscular disease. Sprinkel, protege of conservative economics guru Milton Friedman, taught economics at the University of Chicago and was executive vice president and economic advisor at the Harris Trust and Savings Bank in Chicago for nearly 30 years.
May 14, 2009 | Binyamin Appelbaum, Appelbaum writes for the Washington Post.
L. William Seidman, who led the federal response to the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s as chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., died Wednesday at a hospice in Albuquerque, N.M., of complications from pneumonia. He was 88.
April 5, 2009 | Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman
Oops, it seems that many on President Obama's team, including those seeking to save the American automobile industry, do not actually drive vehicles from the American automobile industry. According to a study by the Detroit News and a White House parking lot survey by, neither do Obama's White House staffers. Before leaving for Europe (where the Secret Service had pre-placed Obama's new armored Cadillac), the president dished out rhetorical tough love to U.S. automakers.
November 25, 2008 | Richard C. Paddock, Paddock is a Times staff writer.
UC Berkeley economics professor Christina D. Romer, named Monday by President-elect Barack Obama to head his Council of Economic Advisors, is an expert on the Great Depression and monetary policy who is respected for her keen analytical skills, friends and colleagues say. Associates praised Romer, 49, as a knowledgeable and tough-minded expert who can be expected to work well with other members of Obama's team as his administration attempts to overcome the country's economic crisis.
July 15, 2008
Re "A week McCain may wish to forget," July 12 I suppose John McCain deserves some credit for his denunciation of Phil Gramm's idiotic commentary on the state of the economy. What is even more troubling, however, is McCain's poor judgment in his selection of Gramm as an economic advisor. Gramm is a millionaire who is totally out of touch with reality. During his tenures as a U.S. representative and a senator, he presided over some of the worst economic disasters in U.S. history, including the deregulation of savings and loans, which led to bailouts at taxpayers' expense; banking deregulation, which led to the current mortgage crisis; and let's not forget his influence to have his wife, Wendy Gramm, ascend to chairwoman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, in which she was able to aid Enron's rise to power.
February 7, 2008 | Matt Schudel, Washington Post
Anthony Solomon, an international economic advisor to three presidents who later played a leading part in setting federal monetary policy, died Jan. 18 of kidney failure at his home in New York. He was 88. Solomon held high-level positions in the State Department under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and later had a three-year stint as undersecretary of the treasury during the administration of Jimmy Carter.
February 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
President Bush on Wednesday promoted Harvey Rosen to be chairman of his Council of Economic Advisors, the group that counsels him on economic issues and prepares the administration's annual economic report to Congress. Rosen, a former economics professor at Princeton University, is a member of the council. He succeeds Gregory Mankiw, who resigned last week to return to his teaching post at Harvard University. Rosen is considered one of the country's leading experts on tax policy.
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