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アーン・ダンカンは次期教育省長官

 教育省長官に任命されたアーン・ダンカン(Arne Duncan)は、『ヤバい経済学』第1章に出てきたアーン・ダンカンその人である。ということで、レヴィットのブログ・ポスト。NYTの記事はこれWSJは、オバマの任命には「古い顔(経済・安全保障チーム)」と「新しい顔(環境・エネルギー・教育」)があり、アーン・ダンカンはオバマ任命を象徴していると書いている。

The real prototype of Obama appointees, though, may be Mr. Duncan, the Chicago schools chief who is to become education secretary. A Harvard graduate, onetime professional basketball player in Australia, and friend of the president-to-be, Mr. Duncan has managed to build a reputation as a school reformer without winning the enmity of the teachers unions that often resist school reforms.

How did he do that? "He's a little bit of a Rorschach figure; you can read into him what you want," says Chester Finn, a conservative education expert who served in the Reagan education department yet praises the Duncan selection. He calls Mr. Duncan a "rounded-edges kind of guy" who has "closed some schools but hasn't had mass layoffs" among teachers. "He's a pragmatist, I guess," Mr. Finn concludes. At this point, at least, that seems an apt description of much of the emerging Team Obama.

 なお、USTRにはダラス市長のRon Kirkが任命されたとのこと。彼と労働長官に任命されたヒルダ・ソリスについてはNYTの記事が参考になる。テキサス州ダラス市の市長だから、NAFTAの再交渉の可能性はやや低くなったことが予想される。

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