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Archive: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

When pulling a Clinton 'triangulation,' where Obama should diverge

Call it whatever you want, but Obama is pulling a Clinton-esque move, doing his best to court voters in the middle. Still, by making the tax cut deal the first step toward that approach, he differs in one important way.

By Jena McGregor | December 17, 2010; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (21)

Jayson Werth: Nats get a taste of managing star power

But unlike the Red Sox or the Yankees, the Nats roster isn't already studded with highly paid, elite free agents. To set the team on a winning spree, Rizzo won't just have to bring on more top talent--though that is a necessity, no matter how great Werth may be, as the pressure to do it all himself is a setup for failure. He'll also have to navigate the egos of the young players already on National Park's field, who'll be making room for Werth's big contract and big status on a team not traditionally home to big stars.

By Jena McGregor | December 16, 2010; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (4)

Obama's CEO meeting: 'Uncertainty' an excuse for hoarding profits?

CEOs are increasingly saying that it is uncertainty over the economy and regulations that is prompting them not to spend, or invest toward hiring, the nearly $2 trillion in cash on their books--the highest amount in half a century.

By Jena McGregor | December 15, 2010; 4:05 PM ET | Comments (11)

Bank brings dress code to a new level with 43-page guide

UBS is sending some of its retail banking staffers a 43-page code that advises them on everything from how much makeup women should wear (a light application of foundation, mascara and "discreet" lipstick "will enhance your personality") to how often men should get their hair cut (every four weeks).

By Jena McGregor | December 15, 2010; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (81)

The contradiction of Richard Holbrooke

Seemingly all of the obituaries, remembrances and elegies following Holbrooke's death, on Dec. 13, highlight his extraordinary ego (here was a man who coveted the position of Secretary of State from the time he was a young foreign service member in Vietnam) while simultaneously recognizing him for his willingness to advise his young proteges.

By Jena McGregor | December 14, 2010; 1:11 PM ET | Comments (6)

Boehner's 'cry' for common ground

Boehner may be right that people don't like to give anything up when negotiating a solution--that's why we look to leaders, after all, to hold firm on our most important principles and values, even if it means giving up something of lesser significance. To reject outright the notion of compromise may make the incoming speaker sound like a tough fighter. But if he's left with little common ground, he won't be successful as a leader, either.

By Jena McGregor | December 13, 2010; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (24)

 
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