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Archive: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

FCIC report: What if the SEC paid like Goldman Sachs?

If regulators were incented to stop fraud and prevent future financial apocalypses on the same scale that traders were rewarded for selling worthless derivatives, we'd surely be in a very different place today. The best talent coming out of our best universities might not immediately be shipping off to Wall Street, but to Washington instead.

By Jena McGregor | January 28, 2011; 9:11 AM ET | Comments (28)

If business should invest during tough times, why not government?

The concept of investing for the future during tough times is one of the most fundamental ideas in business--or leadership, for that matter. Just as CEOs who cut off spending in R&D and employee training during a recession will find themselves slipping against competitors when things turn up again, a country that doesn't invest in education, innovation and infrastructure is likely to quickly fall behind its peers.

By Jena McGregor | January 27, 2011; 8:37 AM ET | Comments (10)

SOTU: Not much fire, but plenty of potential for sparks

Driving right down the center with topics no one could oppose may make for good politics, but not electrifying oratory.

By Jena McGregor | January 26, 2011; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (7)

Rahm Emanuel: So close, so far

The decision over Emanuel's legitimacy as a candidate hinges on several intertwined leadership questions. For one, should exceptions be made for leaders who have been performing a government service? Or is the residency requirement a prudent way to make sure potential local officials have first-hand knowledge about the issues their citizens face?

By Jena McGregor | January 25, 2011; 9:01 AM ET | Comments (56)

The real question to ask GE's Immelt about chairing the jobs council

How on earth will he have the time? This is a man who already runs one of the largest corporations on the planet, with some 300,000 employees and operations in more than 160 countries. Not only is he CEO of GE, but he is chairman of its board of directors too. Immelt is also on the board of The New York Federal Reserve Bank.

By Jena McGregor | January 24, 2011; 9:54 AM ET | Comments (8)

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