Posts by: Jo Breiner

S&P downgrades U.S. credit rating

Markets continued to fall sharply today following Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. debt, lowering the credit rating from AAA to AA+. S&P continued their downgrades by lowering ratings for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and several Federal Home Loan Banks. Boston University economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff weighed in with his view of S&P’s move to […]

Weekly roundup of quotes by BU experts: July 31 – August 5

Below is a sampling of quotes by Boston University experts for July 31 – August 5: Egypt proving to be a leader in digitally preserving culture (Investor’s Business Daily): “Since the advent of the Internet, the Egyptian government has been doing an admirable job in preserving the ancient archaeological heritage.” Farouk El-Baz, Director, Center for […]

Tom Whalen on the proposed debt ceiling deal

Tom Whalen, an associate professor of social sciences, is an expert on American politics. He is a regular contributor to PoliticoArena. He can be reached at 978-888-3131 or

BU experts comment on debt ceiling deal

Cornelius Hurley, professor of law at BU’s School of Law and director of BU’s Center for Finance, Law & Policy. Contact Hurley at 617-353-5427 or, Twitter: @ckhurley “The president’s tactical errors were obvious. First, he failed to embrace his own Deficit Commission’s report and thereby yielded the high ground to the GOP on the […]

Weekly roundup of quotes by BU experts: July 24 – July 29

Below is a sampling of quotes by Boston University experts for July 24 – July 29: Field position – Putnam assumes key sponsorship at Gillette Stadium, raising its profile (Boston Globe): “It’s a perceptional investment. There are lots of ancillary things that can come out of it.” Christopher Cakebread, Assistant Professor of Advertising, College of […]

Massachusetts prepares for Aug. 2 debt ceiling deadline

With the Aug. 2 deadline looming on the debt ceiling crisis, Massachusetts officials are drafting an emergency plan to ensure that the state will be able to pay their bills. The following Boston University experts are available to comment: Fred Bayles, Associate Professor of Journalism at BU’s College of Communication. An expert on Massachusetts politics, […]

Karzai on future US relations

Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with the new U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, and outlined his conditions for a long-term “strategic partnership” between the two countries, saying a deal will be made only if the U.S. meets the Afghan conditions. Boston University journalism professor Nick Mills, the author of “Karzai: The Failing American Intervention […]

Experts available to comment on debt ceiling debate

The following Boston University experts are available to offer commentary, insight, and analysis on the debt ceiling debate: Cornelius Hurley, a professor in the School of Law, is the Director of BU’s Center for Finance, Law & Policy and a former counsel to the Fed Board of Governors.  He is also a regular contributor to […]

IMF issues warning to US on debt crisis

The International Monetary Fund has issued a warning that the US take urgent action in raising the debt ceiling, adding that a credit downgrade could damage the global economy. Kevin Gallagher, an associate professor of international relations at Boston University, is an expert on global and economic policy. His article, “Why the US must raise […]

NFL owners, players reach agreement

The Associated Press is reporting that a collective bargaining agreement has been reached between NFL owners and players, ending the 136-day old lockout. The following Boston University professors are available to offer commentary, analysis, and insight: Michael Harper, a professor at BU’s School of Law, is a leading authority in the area of labor and […]