Obama puts food on the table _ for economists

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has been tapping top economists in private lunches as he seeks to assemble an economic agenda for the remaining 30 months of his presidency.

Obama is going beyond his White House economic team in search of ideas that can translate into executive actions or ways to nudge institutions and businesses to make changes that meet his economic goals.

Among seven guests at a luncheon Wednesday was former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. All in all, 13 economists have been to the White House since June 18 offering Obama their take on issues ranging from banking and finance to technology and education.

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