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Top economic advisor Gene Sperling to leave Obama administration
Top economic advisor Gene Sperling to leave Obama administration

WASHINGTON -- Gene Sperling, a feisty defender of President Obama's economic policies, is leaving the White House after more than four years as a top advisor, officials said Friday. He will be replaced as director of the president's National Economic Council by Jeffrey Zients, formerly the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget. Before his appointment to lead the NEC, Sperling served at the Treasury Department, where he helped shape the president’s policies on economic investment, housing recovery and tax code reform. In a statement formally announcing Sperling's departure in January, Obama credited him with helping the country avoid "a...

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