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Jason Furman, senior fellow, Brookings Institution
Jason Furman, senior fellow, Brookings Institution
Obama enraged labor leaders and liberal activists by appointing Jason Furman to run his economic team.

Furman directed the Hamilton Project, a Brookings Institution-based initiative sponsored by former Clinton Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, a pariah among hard-core liberals.

Furman has defended free-trade agreements, and at a time when unions were on the warpath against Wal-Mart, he produced a research paper arguing that the chain's low prices are a boon to low-income consumers.

NEXT: Jared Bernstein, director, Economy Policy Institute
Last updated November 06 2008: 1:17 PM ET
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