Krueger to the White House
Alan Krueger, formerly an assistant secretary of the Treasury for economic policy in the Obama administration and currently a professor at Princeton, is being tapped to lead the White House Council of Economic Advisers. The official announcement is expected today. If confirmed by the Senate, the appointment would, at least for now, mean the end of the administration’s economic-team shakeups, leaving Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner the only original member still around. Austan Goolsbee, now at Chicago Booth, left the assistant secretary post earlier this month.
As the situation heats up in Nigeria, with violence increasing and Islamists—centrally, a group known as Boko Haram—rising, the UN headquarters in Abuja was rocked by a suicide bombing on Friday. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded by saying that Washington “strongly condemns [the] terrorist attack. . . . Vicious terrorist attacks such as these only strengthen our resolve and commitment to the work of the United Nations and the people of Nigeria.”
And elsewhere on the terrorism front, U.S. officials are reporting that al-Qaeda’s number-two man, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, was killed in Pakistan by a CIA drone strike. Islamabad doesn’t seem to have been consulted before the strike; Pakistan only found out about the operation after it was confirmed that Rahman had been killed.