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Protests over state budget cuts, anti-union bills spread throughout U.S.

The Wisconsin protests over bills taking away collective bargaining rights for public employees have sparked protests across the country, from New Jersey and Ohio to California.

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Labor unions, White House  
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Facebook exec, venture capitalist, union leaders among those named to Obama's jobs council

President Obama in January tapped General Electric chief executive Jeffrey Immelt to head an industry group that would advise him on how American companies could create more jobs. But the White House had been hush-hush since then about who exactly would sit on that council. On Thursday, the White House (finally) relased the list of business heavyweights who on the panel. The is list is very tech-heavy. In addition to Intel CEO Paul S. Otelliniand former AOL Time Warner CEO Steve Case, whose names were leaked earlier, the list also includes Silicon Valley venture capitalist John Doerr and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Among the other executives on the council are Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO of American Express, and Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | February 23, 2011; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Corporations, White House  
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Explore projected spending in Obama's budget

Interest payments on the national debt are projected to quadruple over the next decade, surpassing spending on Medicaid, Medicare and domestic programs. Explore the government's projected spending through this interactive chart:

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | February 17, 2011; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Budget and fiscal policy, White House  
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Warren slams opponents of new consumer bureau for trying to 'chip away at its independence'

White House advisor Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday accused critics of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for "trying to chip away at its independence" by subjecting it entirely to Congressional appropriations. "Politicizing the funding of bank supervision would be a dangerous precedent," Warren, a Harvard professor who is charged with setting up the new agency, said in prepared remarks to be delivered this afternoon to members o the Consumers Union. Warren said that the CFPB, which was set up to make sure things like credit agreements and other financial products are regulated in a way that protects consumers, would effectively be deprived of the funds it needs to keep large banks in check.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | February 15, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, White House  
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Obama's speech to U.S. Chamber of Commerce disappoints progressive groups

The President Obama who appeared before the Chamber of Commerce on Monday morning was nothing like the one the lobbying group's members had gotten to know over the two years they were at war.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | February 7, 2011; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  U.S. Chamber of Commerce, White House  
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Obama to Chamber of Commerce on shared goals: Making U.S. 'the best place on Earth to do business'

President Obama is extending another olive branch to business community this morning with a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha  | February 7, 2011; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  White House  
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Older Entries in This Category »

On economy, Obama takes a new role: cheerleader, Perry Bacon Jr. , January 31, 2011
Corporate leaders meet with Obama, Hu on exports, Jia Lynn Yang , January 19, 2011
Post-holiday blues from the folks who bring you Davos, Howard Schneider , January 12, 2011
Former comptroller of currency Dugan returning to Covington & Burling, Amanda Becker, Capitol Business , December 20, 2010
Biden says passage of tax cut is critical to growth, Lori Montgomery , December 9, 2010
Altman in the running to succeed Summers, Lori Montgomery , November 17, 2010
House sustains Obama veto on mortgage bill, Associated Press , November 17, 2010
 
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