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Obama Abandons Daily Economic Briefings

President Obama no longer receives his formal daily economic briefing, a practice that was started when he first came into office.

At some point recently, they ditched the everyday routine, and the White House says now his updates consist of meetings and updates.

"The president requests regular meetings several times a week and daily updates from his economic policy team, just as he does with his national security team and other senior advisers in the White House," said White House Spokeswoman Amy Brundage.

And she adds, they come in a variety of ways, "For example, the President routinely meets with members of his economic team, both on an individual basis and in groups, and receives updates from his economic staff from their daily staff meeting."

He also gets regular updates on paper, getting daily briefing documents from the National Economic Council Brundage says.

She says the president asks to meet with outside economists and experts and receives several updates from Vice President Biden.

The issue came up in Monday's White House Briefing when a reporter noticed and asked when the daily briefings stopped.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn't say when they precisely stopped, but saying they happen "periodically."

Obama's first press secretary, Robert Gibbs, talked about the briefing in his first formal briefing with the White House press corps.

In fact, it was the very first announcement.

"Before I take a few of your questions, let me start out by letting you know something that we've added each day to the President's daily schedule. It's something that we're calling an Economic Daily Briefing that he'll receive most likely in the Oval Office each and every day. It will be treated and prepared with the same sort of renowned professionalism that the Daily Intelligence Briefing is done with. It is -- will be put together -- each night the President will receive a memo. It will be updated in the morning," Gibbs said.

The daily briefing was something Obama specifically asked for.

"The President asked that this be added each day to his schedule, as the country is in the midst of an economic crisis and an economic emergency. And he felt it was important that each day he receive the most up-to-date information as it relates to the economy, as we put together an economic reinvestment and recovery plan, as well as future financial stability packages, to ensure that our economy gets moving again," Gibbs added.

The president has said that the economy is his number one priority.

The president will continue to get a "President's Daily Brief," or PDB which includes national security threats and other issues, which can sometimes include the economy.

Fox News' Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.