Late Night: Being the Cool Jerk

By: Tuesday July 1, 2014 8:00 pm

A new study from Columbia Business School shows that, in general–at least during negotiations–most people don’t have a clue how they come across. (The study didn’t go into gender splits, that could have be extra interesting.)


It is Very Difficult to Believe Obama on the Debt Ceiling

By: Tuesday January 15, 2013 5:45 am

One of the most memorable parts of President Obama’s hour-long press conference on Monday came he was forced to face the issue of his own negotiating credibility problem.

The Return of the Bride of Barack Obama Buys a Lawnmower

By: Friday July 22, 2011 5:16 pm

By popular request, a re-run from last November.

Barack Obama is walking down the street when he looks in a neighbors garage and sees an old rusty push mower. Knocking on the door, he is surprised to see …

Lessons in Negotiations from Marian Anderson and Eleanor Roosevelt

By: Saturday April 9, 2011 9:30 am

After watching the news last night, I couldn’t help but think of Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson. When it comes to hardball negotiations with entrenched interests, they sure could give the Obama Team a few lessons.

The Other War Without End

By: Friday December 10, 2010 6:01 pm

21 months after Bush’s departure, and we’re still at war with the White House.

Afghanistan: No Withdrawal, No Reconciliation

By: Thursday November 18, 2010 6:40 pm

Obama said it wouldn’t be easy, and it wasn’t – a lot of American and Afghan blood was spilled in order to “break the momentum” and get a seat at the table. And it certainly wasn’t quick, these talks have been in the works for well over a year now. So, how did it go?

Mullah Omar, leader of the Taliban, isn’t having any of it…Damn, what’s the problem?

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