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Archive: October 31, 2010 - November 6, 2010

New survey: Wall Street bonuses will grow again this year

Wall Street bonuses are expected to increase yet again this year, albeit mildly, growing 5 percent, though with some segments, like asset management, seeing increases of up to 15 percent. Cue the gnashing of teeth and angry populace.

By Jena McGregor | November 5, 2010; 9:07 AM ET | Comments (27)

Obama's post-election tightrope walk

Obama is walking a high-wire tightrope. On the one hand, he needs to be willing to compromise, course correct and even renegotiate some of what he's already achieved. But on the other, he has to continue to stand by what he believes, and not bow so much to pressure that he ends up abandoning his ideals. After all, Obama did campaign on many, though not all, of the policies he worked on during his first two years in office.

By Jena McGregor | November 4, 2010; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

What if Bernanke didn't get it right?

We somehow hold faith that our leaders will get us out of our worst crises. That's especially true when it comes to subjects the average person is fuzzy about, like monetary policy and "quantitative easing."

By Jena McGregor | November 3, 2010; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (19)

Does 'the first 100 days' concept really matter anymore?

In today's 24/7 news cycle, and with the country facing economic problems that require expedient and immediate change, a three-month grace period sounds about as archaic as FDR's fireside chats. If new elected leaders want to make an impact, they're going to have to act fast. And they're not going to get much forgiveness from a cable industry hungry for the first slip up or political gaffe.

By Jena McGregor | November 3, 2010; 9:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's "enemies" comment: Holding the president to a higher bar

Of course, actually "unifying" anyone--or anything--in Washington is extremely difficult, if not impossible, these days. And Obama may have tried to flex this mediation muscle against a Republican party that was obstinate in opposing him at every turn. But despite that frustration, Obama's calling his opponents enemies did nothing to help the situation. Even if it may seem a double standard at times...

By Jena McGregor | November 2, 2010; 9:19 AM ET | Comments (204)

How to lead like Jon Stewart (and why you'd want to)

Unlike so many today, both inside and outside politics, he offered perspective on the bigger picture, made people feel better about themselves and encouraged compromise in a world that seems to have forgotten how to do it.

By Jena McGregor | November 1, 2010; 8:24 AM ET | Comments (22)

 
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