Updated at 7:27 a.m. on January 7.
President Obama will unveil a slate of new advisers to an audience at a green home improvement company in Landover, Md., later today, bracketing the release of what he hopes will be strong job numbers from December by showing off his retooled economic policy team.
Most are veterans of the partisan economic fights of the 1990s.
Gene Sperling, 52, will be director of the National Economic Council, reprising a role he played during the boom years of the Clinton administration. His principal deputy will be Jason Furman, also a Clinton-era economist and currently an NEC deputy. Obama will add Katharine G. Abraham, a professor at the University of Maryland, to his Council of Economic Advisors, and he will promote Heather Higginbottom, a deputy on his domestic policy council, to deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.
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The indefatigable Sperling was a fierce advocate for some of Obama's controversial interventionist policies early in his term, including the $85 billion auto bailout. His role, detailed in a book by another participant in the bailout, included his warning that "it's over for Detroit" if the administration failed to proceed, an outburst that helped persuade Obama to include Chrysler in the bailout. The Treasury Department announced in December it would recoup all but $9 billion of the money it shelled out to the companies.