Issues Regarding the Long-Term Outlook for the US Economy
Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary, US Department of the Treasury
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Chrystia Freeland is editor of Thomson Reuters Digital. In this role, which she was promoted to in April, Freeland has editorial control of the company’s consumer online, mobile, and digital properties including Reuters.com and its global suite of websites, as well as the flagship NewsPro mobile news applications. Freeland joined the company as Reuters’s global editor-at-large in 2010. Previously, Freeland served as US managing editor of the Financial Times, where she led the editorial development of the paper’s US edition and of US news on FT.com. During this time,the US print edition became the single largest edition of the newspaper. From 1999 to 2001, Freeland served as deputy editor of The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. Freeland authored Sale of a Century, an account of Russia’s journey from communism to capitalism. She won the Business Journalist of the Year Award in 2004.
Robert E. Rubin
Robert E. Rubin began his career at Goldman Sachs & Co. in 1966. He served as vice chairman and co-chief operating officer from 1987 to 1990, and as co-senior partner and co-chairman from 1990 to 1992. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was an attorney at the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton from 1964 to 1966. Secretary Rubin joined the Clinton administration in 1993, serving in the White House as assistant to the president for economic policy, and as the first director of the National Economic Council. He served as the seventieth secretary of the treasury from 1995 to 1999. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Rubin served as a member of the board of directors at Citigroup and as a senior adviser to the company. He is chairman of the board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the United States' leading community-development support organization. He serves on the board of trustees of Mount Sinai Medical Center and is a member of the Harvard Corporation. In 2006, Mr. Rubin was one of the founders of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy project housed at the Brookings Institution that offers a strategic vision and innovative policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans. In 2010, Mr. Rubin joined Centerview Partners as a counselor of the firm. He is author of In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington, a New York Times best seller and one of Business Week's ten best business books of the year. He is based in New York City.
Robert Rubin, Secretary of Treasury under the Clinton Administration, argues "we're not having the debate we need" with regard to the debt limit impasse in Washington. He also criticizes the media for spreading misinformation about Obama's deficit reduction plan.