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Archive: February 13, 2011 - February 19, 2011

The tumor in this nation's belly

In a normal situation, compromise is the answer--but not in this case, not in the short-term. Compromise on the current budget may create some wins, but it could risk...

By Robert Goodwin | February 18, 2011; 2:08 PM ET | Comments (9)

Ready to rumble?

The "you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" tradition may not be the most palatable, but it works...

By Juana Bordas | February 16, 2011; 2:44 PM ET | Comments (3)

Compromise is an ideal, not a reality

For the Republicans to compromise at this early stage of the game would be to make no real progress according to their own views of what needs to happen...

By Rice University Undergraduate Leaders | February 16, 2011; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (17)

The danger of political showmanship

The kind of positional bargaining so prevalent in Congress right now doesn't generate more options...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | February 16, 2011; 2:22 PM ET | Comments (3)

This is not the time to compromise

There is no valid parallel between the outset of the Obama Administration in 2009 and the opening positions of the Republican House this year...

By Slade Gorton | February 15, 2011; 2:22 PM ET | Comments (7)

Servant leadership in politics

From a leadership perspective, there is little long-term benefit to be gained by hard-line politics, which in essence positions the leader to cling to...

By Alaina Love | February 15, 2011; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (3)

Prepare the caucus for letdown

Staking out a hard line at the beginning will either give the most conservative Republicans false hopes or box in the Republican House leaders when the time for compromise comes. Either is bad news...

By Marty Linsky | February 15, 2011; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (2)

In negotiation, don't give away too much

I don't think of it as "a hard line": I think of it as each side openly stating its desired outcome and then...

By Mickey Edwards | February 15, 2011; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

Compromise: Strength, weakness or a way of the past?

Compromise often results in someone feeling as though they gave up too much or received too little. Leaders do not have the room for these results...

By Coro Fellows | February 15, 2011; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (1)

The difference between compromise and negotiation

Politicians might learn something from management and labor negotiators. While both sides may talk tough, seldom does rhetoric...

By John Baldoni | February 15, 2011; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (4)

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