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Archive: September 6, 2009 - September 12, 2009

Loyalty, Schmoyalty

Van Jones had to go. For the president to keep him would have been somewhere between gratuitous masochism and pandering to constituents who are already on the team.

By Marty Linsky | September 10, 2009; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (5)

Defining the Moment

A key element of leadership is defining a moment and bringing people to it, when even the most expert observer may not see that opportunity -- that's exactly what President Obama's speech did.

By John H. Cochran, MD | September 10, 2009; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ben Franklin's Town-Hall Advice

Ben Franklin helped sealed the deal on the U.S. Constitution 222 years ago this week. How did he do it? By encouraging fellow citizens do something few do today on health care: Compromise.

By Ed Ruggero | September 10, 2009; 6:19 AM ET | Comments (23)

Nation First

The president will suffer a hit over this episode, but the greater concern is that the national agenda is sidetracked

By Yash Gupta | September 9, 2009; 4:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Failure

Loyalty creates loyalty and sacrificing Jones was a mistake that may prove costly.

By Michael Maccoby | September 9, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (4)

Taking One for the Team

In politics, there is only one person who is not expendable: in this case, the president. If a member of staff becomes a distraction, it is a time-honored tradition in politics for that person to take one for the team.

By Alan M. Webber | September 9, 2009; 5:20 AM ET | Comments (8)

Victory for Demagogues

If the president wasn't battling attacks against positive educational messages and a fact-based health-care debate, he should have fought for Van.

By Paul Schmitz | September 8, 2009; 4:58 PM ET | Comments (35)

Not Worth Fighting For

I imagine President Obama was not very sorry to see Van Jones leave.

By Mickey Edwards | September 8, 2009; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (5)

Waiting for Choppy Water

Values guide organizations -- and administrations -- so you can't wait for choppy waters to get serious about living those values.

By Beth A. Brooke | September 8, 2009; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (2)

Loss of Confidence

While Mr. Jones likely violated no rule or law, he lost the trust and confidence of the administration that he could serve without bias.

By Col. Michael E. Haith (Ret.) | September 8, 2009; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (3)

Opt for Effectiveness

It's not enough to be bright, or even right; you also have to be effective.

By John H. Cochran, MD | September 8, 2009; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (2)

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