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Archive: November 14, 2010 - November 20, 2010

The art of the announcement: Cuomo's charges against Obama's 'car czar'

The timing of Cuomo's announcement will certainly draw more awareness to the charges against Rattner. And indeed, the allegations against him are serious. Cuomo may, despite claims of coincidence, have decided it was in the public's best interest to be reminded of charges at a time when Rattner was already in the news, both for his work with GM and the SEC settlement.

By Jena McGregor | November 19, 2010; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (4)

The remaking of Murkowski?

Murkowski will be a leader to watch, keeping the possibility alive that she could decide to vote her own way, "pulling a Joe Lieberman" on occasion. She may not owe much to her party. But she may feel she owes at least something to the independents and even Democrats who swung her way.

By Jena McGregor | November 18, 2010; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (27)

Why Rangel's punishment won't really matter

In a way, Rangel's supporters are right--the real punishment for Rangel was losing a powerful position in the House, one that took years of seniority and status to earn. In that sense, his punishment was already meted out earlier this year. The process of an ethics trial would be much more meaningful if there were tiers of punishment below expulsion that explicitly brought with them more substantial penalties, such as demotions or fines.

By Jena McGregor | November 17, 2010; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (20)

A royal wedding may be just what Britain needs

Yes, a royal wedding will be expensive, and surely, it will be showy. Even if the couple decides to have a more modern, less ostentatious affair, there's sure to be plenty of pomp and circumstance to go around. But in this case, all that extravagance will be everyone's luxury.

By Jena McGregor | November 16, 2010; 3:12 PM ET | Comments (24)

On McNabb contract timing, Redskins management suffers a big loss, too

Surely, then, the Redskins management didn't plan on throwing millions at their star talent on the very day his worth to the Redskins team might be most seriously called into question. But they could have planned the announcement so that it didn't happen on the exact same day as a big game with a top team where such headline-grabbing comparisons would inevitably be made.

By Jena McGregor | November 16, 2010; 9:15 AM ET | Comments (20)

Obama's trouble: Setting expectations?

But once a leader gets elected, the calculus changes. Rather than driving expectations up, leaders have to send them down, and then beat them. Finding the right balance between setting goals to be held accountable for and not promising too much may just be the most formidable leadership challenge leaders face--and one that's proving especially difficult for Obama.

By Jena McGregor | November 15, 2010; 8:07 AM ET | Comments (8)

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