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Candidates Decry Crisis, but Don't Change Plans

McCain and Obama push same spending ideas after meltdown

(Newser) - Though John McCain and Barack Obama are both on board with the White House's $700-billion scheme to bail out Wall Street, they're both still pushing economic plans crafted before the crisis, and likely to be scuttled by it, the Washington Post reports. Although the fiscal situation is, in the words... More »

Policy Veterans Provide Steadying Hand for Obama

Supplementing outsiders with seasoned policy players good move so far

(Newser) - Supplementing a team of outsiders with some key veterans on domestic policy appears to have been a shrewd move by Barack Obama’s campaign, Jonathan Cohn writes in the New Republic. A case in point is Jason Furman, a star of the later (righter) stages of the Clinton administration who... More »

Obama Advisers Please the Right, But Not Much

Two 'pro-free-trade' centrists guide him, up to a point

(Newser) - If Barack Obama takes office, conservatives can take a small measure of comfort knowing that  two of his top economic advisers have generated angst on the left for being "centrist, pro-free-traders," writes Cesar Conda in the Weekly Standard. Austan Goolsbee and Jason Furman—the latter a Wal-Mart defender—... More »

Labor Blasts Obama's Top Economist

Unions worry that candidate is tilting toward Wall Street

(Newser) - After locking up the Democratic nomination, Barack Obama moved quickly to bring Clinton supporters into his general election tent, including Robert Rubin, President Clinton's treasury secretary. Jason Furman, an economist closely associated with Rubin, was hired as economic policy director, and that's provoked the ire of labor unions, who see... More »

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