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America’s Economic Recovery: Built to Last?

Absent a major foreign policy crisis, the 2012 presidential election will largely be fought on and determined by the state of the American economy. Recent figures indicate that America is in the midst of an economic recovery, yet challenges remain and troubling data persists, leading to debate about the strength and duration of this recovery. Therefore, in this special episode of ABC’s “This Week,” organized in partnership with the Miller Center, we posed the question: “America’s Economic Recovery: Is It Built to Last?” more →

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Moderator: George Stephanopoulos serves as anchor of ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," anchor of "Good Morning America," and co-anchor of Special Events. After anchoring "This Week" from 2002 to 2010, Stephanopoulos returned to the show in January 2012. more →

Carly Fiorina is one of the most recognized business leaders in the world and an opinion leader who champions innovation, competitiveness and job creation. more →

Jennifer M. Granholm is a Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy at UC Berkeley’s School of Law and Goldman School of Public Policy, and Host of “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” on Current TV. more →

Paul Krugman is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University, and Centenary Professor at the London School of Economics. more →

Eric E. Schmidt has served as executive chairman of Google since 2011. Since joining Google in 2001, he has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. more →

David Walker is the founder, president and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative (CAI). He served previously as the first president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation. more →

George F. Will is one of the most widely recognized, and widely read, writers in the world, with more than 450 newspapers, his biweekly Newsweek column, and his appearances as a political commentator on ABC to his credit. more →

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lessons from history: official white paper

America’s Economic Recovery: Is It Built to Last?

Derek S. Hoff, Assistant Professor of History, Kansas State University, April 2012

In the fall of 2008, with the United States already in recession for nearly a year, the market for esoteric, speculative, and largely unregulated mortgage-backed securities such as bundles of subprime loans crashed, and the historic housing bubble burst. more →

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The fourth season of the Miller Center’s acclaimed National Discussion and Debate Series, filmed before a live audience at the Newseum in Washington, DC, will air as special episodes of ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Check your local listings for air times.

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This selection of presidential speeches highlights the varied approaches and philosophies of five presidents working to ensure economic recovery following depressions.

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