Cue the collective sigh of relief! A government report showed the job market fared better than expected in July.
There are growing warnings that the United States could fall into a new recession, even with its debt ceiling crisis finally behind it.
In this week's Tech Check podcast, Doug Gross, John Sutter and Stephanie Goldberg tackle some of the headlines from this week's Fortune Brainstorming Tech conference in Colorado.
What did Larry Summers really think of the Winklevoss twins?
Larry Summers, formerly one of the top economic advisors to President Obama, is advocating more government stimulus to jumpstart the struggling U.S. economy.
While the economy is still reeling from 8.5 million jobs lost in the recession, the outlook for job growth in America is looking up, former White House economic advisor Larry Summers said in an exclusive interview airing on CNN Sunday.
Larry Summers has agreed to work two weeks longer than planned as President Barack Obama's top economic adviser, a White House official said Wednesday.
President Barack Obama's top aides on Wednesday defended the tax plan hammered out with Republican leaders, saying Democrats are coming around to the reality that the agreement contains plenty of good things despite proposals they dislike.
David Axelrod, senior adviser, President Obama, responds to Democrats' reactions over extension of Bush-era tax cuts.
Investment banker Roger Altman quietly slipped into the White House early Friday morning for a second round of meetings with top officials, fueling talk inside the administration that he may be on the inside track to replace Lawrence Summers as President Obama's senior economic adviser.
Two more members of the Obama administration economic team are on their way out, adding to a wave of departures in recent months.
With the departure of top economic adviser Larry Summers, President Obama has a chance to deflect a big criticism often lobbed against his inner circle by the private sector: Lack of CEO chops.
No sooner did news break that Larry Summers would step down as director of the National Economic Council than speculation began on his successor. White House aides hinted they wanted a prominent corporate executive. Anne Mulcahy, who led a painful turnaround at Xerox, was soon being named as the top candidate to fill Summers' shoes.
President Barack Obama's top economic adviser is going back to Harvard University at year's end, the White House announced Tuesday after hints of a shakeup of the administration's team.
Tennessee has the highest combined state and average local sales tax rate of any U.S. state, at 9.44%, according to a research group's report released Thursday.
The U.S. government must find a balance between supporting the economic recovery and reducing long-term budget deficits, White House economic advisor Lawrence Summers said Monday.
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CNN's Candy Crowley talks about getting the economy going with Pres. Obama's economic adviser Larry Summers.
Dancing on the head of a pin, two of the president's top advisers were out Sunday touting March job gains as signs that the president's economic policy is working while paying due diligence to a brutal 9.7 percent unemployment rate.
The slow but steady U.S. economic recovery appears set to continue, with underlying indicators signaling a growing strength, some of the nation's senior economists said Sunday.
The slow but steady U.S. economic recovery appears set to continue, with underlying indicators signaling a growing strength, some of the nation's senior economists said Sunday.
Getting old brings a host of changes. Achy knees. Way more time to play bridge. And, occasionally, the tendency to make unwise money decisions.
With the impending retirement of Federal Reserve Vice-Chair Don Kohn, it's time for President Obama to get serious finally about filling some long-empty seats at the Fed.
President Obama on Thursday publicly signed on to a message that former Federal Reserve chief Paul Volcker has been giving for a year: Let's limit the big banks.
Without any experience in automaking or government, Steven Rattner left his Wall Street perch to wade into the largest restructuring in American history. The scale and speed of the rescue raised many questions, inspiring Rattner to write this account of a defining moment in capitalism.
"No, we are not in a trade war," chief White House economist Lawrence Summers declared when I raised the prospect with him two days after the Beijing regime lobbed U.S. auto parts and chicken wings back at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in retaliation for President Obama's Chinese tire tax.
He famously stirred controversy with his observations about women and science while running Harvard, but in his current post as director of the White House's National Economic Council, Larry Summers received a warm welcome from the female power brokers at Fortune's summit.
Amid nervousness about states' economies and a growing unemployment rate, the Obama administration is considering a series of measures aimed at putting many Americans back to work before the 2010 midterm elections, sources close to the process told CNN.
A top White House adviser said Friday that business opponents of President Obama's plan to create an agency to protect financial consumers are trying to "scare people."
The White House shot down concerns Monday that middle-class families may face a tax increase in order to combat rising deficits and a struggling economy.
Robert Gibbs says President Obama "is not raising taxes" on those making less than $250,000 a year.
A full economic recovery may be slow to materialize, but the administration's stimulus plan is working and the economy has stabilized over the past few months, a key White House adviser asserted Friday.
Business legend Jack Welch has already hailed Ben Bernanke as "a national hero" for the Federal Reserve chief's aggressive moves to pump up the economy, but Bernanke's work is not nearly finished. One of the factors that will influence the decision whether to reappoint him when his term ends in January is the nature of the next task facing him or his successor: to wean the economy off the $1 trillion of new money created by the Fed when disaster loomed last fall.
Now that President Obama has presented his plan to fix the way the U.S. regulates finance, it's time to assess if the plan will work. The 85-page "white paper" his Treasury Department released lays out the specifics. Now Congress will begin its ugly process of turning the proposals into law. There are some good ideas here. There's also a whole lot that may make Wall Street howl in protest.
Is the government going to make life even tougher for Standard & Poor's, Moody's and other credit rating firms?
President Obama will release details on Wednesday of his proposed overhaul of how the government oversees banks and financial companies.
Meet Washington's new power brokers on the economy: Consumer advocates.
President Obama's National Economic Council head Lawrence Summers noted in his speech March 13 that the economic crisis has led to an "excess of fear" that must be reversed.
White House officials and some members of Congress reacted strongly Sunday to news that insurance giant AIG had intended to pay out $165 million in bonuses and compensation. The company has received at least $170 billion in federal bailout money.
While touting the administration's economic plan on Friday, President Obama's top economic chief said it was unclear how long the fixes would take to work.
World leaders need to pump more money into the economy in a coordinated effort to boost demand and pull the world out of recession, the White House's chief economic adviser said Monday.
President-elect Barack Obama's economic team and congressional staffers are close to finalizing a massive recovery proposal but are still hammering out details, Vice President-elect Joe Biden and economic adviser Larry Summers said Tuesday.
On a day in early February when incoming White House officials under previous administrations would have just been learning how to use their office phones, the Obama economic team is already racing against the clock.
President-elect Barack Obama won a significant political victory Thursday, just days before his inauguration, as the Senate voted to release the second half of the $700 billion bailout package.
There may be a fight brewing between President-elect Obama and Congressional Democrats. CNN's Candy Crowley reports.
President-elect Barack Obama made his case Monday to Congress for the release of $350 billion in remaining federal bailout funds.
Key measures of President-elect Barack Obama's economic recovery plan are facing a barrage of criticism from some Senate Democrats, with one charging that the plan's tax breaks were a return to "trickledown" economics.
Two groups that don't always get along, organized business and organized labor, have something in common today. They like what they see in President-elect Obama's economic recovery package.
President-elect Barack Obama calls the economic crisis in the United States one of 'historic proportions'.
Say what you will about Lawrence Henry Summers, who now commands President-elect Obama's attention as his top White House economic adviser. Summers can be abrasive and abrupt. As president of Harvard University, he was socially tone deaf enough to land himself in hot water with women, environmentalists and the civil rights crowd - all in the space of just five years. Already a feminist group is threatening to make life difficult for Summers.
President-elect Barack Obama named key members of his administration's economic team Monday, including New York Federal Reserve President Timothy Geithner as his Treasury Secretary nominee and former Harvard President Lawrence Summers as the director of the National Economic Council.
President-elect Barack Obama is expected to nominate Harvard economist Lawrence Summers as head of the National Economic Council, making him Obama's top economic adviser in the White House, two sources close to the transition told CNN.
There has been much talk of whom President-elect Barack Obama will name as his Treasury secretary. The guessing game on Wall Street and in Washington, serious stuff even before the election, has become even more intense. A job that was once a good part ceremonial - with the ultimate perk being your signature on the nation's currency - has become full-time serious. The new Treasury secretary is probably Obama's most significant appointment, and arguably the first significant decision the next president will make.
Democrats see quick infusions of cash to working and middle-class families as key to restoring Main Street's vitality and confidence in the U.S. economy
Sixteen years after Barbie dolls declared, "Math class is tough!" girls are proving that when it comes to math they are just as tough as boys
Between the mortgage crisis, record high oil prices and a lackluster stock market, Americans are not exactly confident about the economy. CNN spoke with world affairs analyst and author Fareed Zakaria about his view of the situation.
This is only day 13 on the job for Sheryl Sandberg, so forgive her if she doesn't have everything figured out just yet. She pulls her legs up beneath her into a white Eames chair.
Even as Washington nears agreement on measures to minimize the effects of a recession, there is little agreement on how much such moves would boost the economy.
Washington policymakers mulling steps to jolt the economy need to strike fast if they hope to succeed, leading economists said Wednesday.
Stocks opened mostly flat Wednesday, after Morgan Stanley reported an additional $5.7 billion in writedowns on its mortgage investments and investors awaited more word from the Federal Reserve on the credit situation.
U.S. stocks were poised for a lower start Wednesday as investors awaited more word from the Federal Reserve on the credit situation and weighed Morgan Stanley's $5.7 billion in additional writedowns on its mortgage investments.
Housing price declines. Slowing job creation. Profit warnings from the country's biggest retailers. To an Econ 101 student, those are telltale signs of an imminent recession. Not surprisingly, the R-word has dominated talk among bankers for weeks.
I have it on the best of authority that Harvard State University's president, Lawrence H. Summers, resigned only after credible threats of violence were received at his office.
More than 2,300 people are attending the 2006 World Economic Forum in Davos this week.
ON A HAZY AFTERNOON IN LATE August, two of the most successful moneymen of our age made their way among the steep bunkers and double-blind holes of the venerable Yale Golf Club. Their showdown wasn't much of a contest: Host David F. Swensen, who runs Yale University's $15 billion endowment, shot "somewhere in the 90s," he says. His longtime friend and rival Jack R. Meyer, manager of Harvard's $22 billion endowment, shot a 76. "Jack's a spectacular golfer," Swensen admits. "He crushed me." When it comes to running money, though, Swensen and Meyer are much more closely matched. Swensen, 51, has managed Yale's endowment for two decades and built one of the most spectacular investment records on the planet--up 16.1% a year (while the S&P 500 index gained 12.3%). "Yale has the best returns of any endowment anywhere," he is quick to tell you. Meyer, 60, can't argue with that. Since he got the job at Harvard in 1990--thanks in part to a glowing recommendation from Swensen--he has trailed his Connecticut riva
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