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President Obama’s chief economist, Austan Goolsbee, will step down later this year to resume his teaching post at the University of Chicago in time for the fall semester, the White House announced Monday night.
Mr. Goolsbee, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), has played a central role in crafting Mr. Obama’s economic policies over the past 2 1/2 years, and is a regular fixture on political talk shows and the White House website.
His resignation follows the departures of several other members of Mr. Obama’s top economic team who have returned to academia. Former CEA Chairman Christina Romer and former senior economic adviser Lawrence H. Summers both left the White House last year.
“Since I first ran for the U.S. Senate, Austan has been a close friend and one of my most trusted advisers,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “Over the past several years, he has helped steer our country out of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and although there is still much work ahead, his insights and counsel have helped lead us toward an economy that is growing and creating millions of jobs. He is one of America’s great economic thinkers.”
Justices spurn challenge to state’s tuition law
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to a California law that gives illegal immigrants the same in-state college tuition rates as legal state residents, another contentious issue in the nation’s immigration-policy debate.
The justices refused to hear an appeal by a group of out-of-state U.S. citizens after the California Supreme Court unanimously upheld the law and dismissed their lawsuit.
The 2001 law provides that any student who attends a California high school for three years and graduates can get in-state college tuition.
Illegal immigrants who qualify must swear they will seek to become U.S. citizens.
Nine other states, including New York, Texas and Illinois, have adopted similar laws. Opponents said California unlawfully discriminated against U.S. citizens in favor of illegal immigrants and that the case involved a question of great national importance.
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