In attacking private equity, timing was everything.
FORTUNE -- On May 14, President Obama attended a fundraiser at the Park Avenue home of Tony James, president of private equity firm The Blackstone Group (BX). It came just hours after the Obama campaign had released a new TV ad that referred to Mitt Romney's actions at Bain Capital as "vampire capitalism."
The juxtaposition was just downright weird.
So while in Charlotte last week for the Democratic MOREDan Primack - Sep 12, 2012 2:42 PM ET
What Obama wants to do for the next four years.
FORTUNE -- President Obama is scheduled to speak at 10pm tonight here in Charlotte, and there have been persistent rumors that he'll have some new, specific economic policy proposals. In the meantime, his campaign has just released speech excerpts that include several new promises (which, without surrounding context, are different from policies).
Some are kind of new, some we've heard before. Here they MOREDan Primack - Sep 6, 2012 6:37 PM ET
The President, key conservatives, and even some of the nation's biggest corporations are leaning toward trading special breaks for lower rates.
By Nina Easton, senior editor-at-large
FORTUNE -- The economy coughs and sputters and threatens to stall out -- again. Growth slows; unemployment ticks back up to 8.3%. Congress shamelessly convenes a five-week recess, while the President camps out under the comforting applause of the campaign trail.
The absurdity of Washington's inaction MOREAug 29, 2012 5:00 AM ET
With the economy limping along just months before the big election, the president is probably wondering if he should have sent his Fed chairman to the unemployment line.
By John Cassidy, contributor
FORTUNE -- In the summer and fall of 2009, President Obama faced a tricky decision: Should he reappoint Ben Bernanke, whose four-year term as chairman of the Fed was coming to an end? On the one hand, Bernanke had MOREAug 20, 2012 7:00 AM ET
If he's elected to a second term, President Obama is likely to stop making concessions to the GOP on economic measures and force a confrontation - right away.
By Tory Newmyer, writer
FORTUNE -- President Obama started his first term with a bang, simultaneously engineering an auto industry rescue, stabilizing a teetering Wall Street, and negotiating a massive stimulus package to wrench the economy back from the brink. The experience may MOREAug 16, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Neither Obama nor Romney talks about the hard choices America needs to make to solve its economic woes. So we will.
FORTUNE -- Partisan politics and tired talking points aren't solving America's economic woes. Mitt Romney says he'll prime the economy with pro-business measures; Barack Obama says he's going to increase stimulus spending while reducing the deficit. But is either talking about the hard choices America needs to make? Fortune's Geoff MOREAug 16, 2012 5:00 AM ET
In a Fortune interview, the Republican presidential candidate lays out his plan for America now and another four years down the road.
FORTUNE -- On Monday August 6, Mitt Romney spoke by phone to Fortune's Andy Serwer in New York and David Whitford in Boston. He touched on gun control, his tax-cut proposal, his five-point (boiled down from 59) plan to fix the economy, and answered this burning question: If you MOREAug 15, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Helped by an all-star team of advisers - and now Paul Ryan - the Republican candidate maps out ways to stimulate business.
By David Whitford with Doris Burke
FORTUNE -- On the Friday after the Fourth of July, while the Romney clan was enjoying an extended midsummer break at the family manse on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee and photographers with telephoto lenses were snagging pictures of the candidate in swim trunks, MOREAug 15, 2012 5:00 AM ET
Stop the presses: A private equity exec supports private equity!
Memo to political journalists: Stop being so surprised that Steve Rattner defended Mitt Romney and Bain Capital from President Obama's attacks. Seriously. You're looking ridiculous.
Here's what I'm talking about: Last Monday, the Obama campaign launched its opening salvo on Mitt Romney's business background with Bain Capital. On Tuesday, Rattner was a guest on MSNBC's Morning Joe and, when asked, said he felt MOREDan Primack - May 21, 2012 3:03 PM ET
Job-hunters getting back on track is encouraging, but it's likely to bump up the unemployment rate. And that could give Mitt Romney some much-needed ammo as the election gets closer.
By John Cassidy, contributor
FORTUNE -- Uh-oh! Those deep breaths you can hear are coming from the White House. With November fast approaching, it is facing the possibility that the unemployment rate, which has come down sharply in the past six MOREApr 26, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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