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Obama taps labor expert for economic post

August 29, 2011 12:47:54 AM PDT
President Barack Obama tapped a labor expert for a top administration post on Monday, rounding out his White House economic team ahead of a highly anticipated announcement next week on a new jobs initiative.

The president said he expected Alan Krueger, 50, to provide him with unvarnished economic guidance and not partisan political advice.

"That's more important than ever right now," Obama said. "We need folks in Washington to make decisions based on what's best for the country, not what's best for any political party or special interest."

Krueger is a former Treasury Department official and a Princeton economist.

If confirmed, Krueger will replace Austan Goolsbee, who left earlier this month to return to teaching at the University of Chicago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.