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CEOs Get Paid Big Bucks to Sit in Meetings, Eat Lunch
CEOs Get Paid Big Bucks to Sit in Meetings, Eat Lunch
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CEOs Get Paid Big Bucks to Sit in Meetings, Eat Lunch

Study finds they spend a third of their time in meetings

(Newser) - It's no big secret that CEOs can make completely ridiculous amounts of money; what is less obvious to some is what they do that's so darn valuable. A group of London School of Economics and Harvard Business School scholars decided to dig into one aspect of CEOs' work...

Make Meetings Less Awful: Stand Up

Growing trend in business keeps meetings brief

(Newser) - A new trend in company meetings? Have your employees stand. The practice is increasingly popular, especially at tech companies, thanks to the growing popularity of an approach to software development known as "Agile." Standing meetings are typically brief, participants are expected not to ramble on or pontificate, and...

No Afghanistan Withdrawal, Obama Tells Lawmakers

But still undecided on proposed buildup

(Newser) - President Obama won’t commit to sending more troops to Afghanistan, but neither will he withdraw any, he told congressional leaders in a White House meeting today that included a sharp exchange between the president and Republican Sen. John McCain. Obama wanted to “dispense with the straw man argument...

Obama, Pope Hold 'Frank' Discussion at First Meeting

(Newser) - President Obama met with Pope Benedict for the first time today at the Vatican, the AP reports. The White House press secretary predicted a “frank discussion. I think that there's a lot that they agree on that they'll get a chance to discuss,” said Robert Gibbs. Though the...

Obama Meets With Human- Rights Leaders

Under fire for recent moves, holds 'probing' pre-speech discussion

(Newser) - Dogged by criticism over recent decisions, President Obama invited a crew of human-rights and civil-liberties leaders and academics to discuss Guantanamo, tribunals, and transparency ahead of today’s speech on similar themes, the Huffington Post reports. Obama said he was unhappy with Congress’ denial of funds to close Gitmo and...

Two Koreas Agree to Rare Meeting

Will discuss shared factory complex amid international tension

(Newser) - South Korea has agreed to North Korea's rare request for talks over a shared factory park, Reuters reports. South Korea will send 10 envoys north of the border Tuesday to discuss the Kaesong complex, where the North has been holding a South Korean worker for weeks after he derided its...

Raul Castro Holds First Meeting with US Leaders

Holds 'constructive dialogue' with six congresspeople

(Newser) - Raul Castro met with six visiting members of the Congressional Black Caucus for more than four hours yesterday in his first face-to-face discussions with US leaders since he became Cuba's president last year, the AP reports. Castro spoke with Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat, and other members of the...

US, Iran Have 'Cordial' Chat in the Hague

Holbrooke, Iranian foreign minister will 'stay in touch': Clinton

(Newser) - Meeting in the Hague today, leading diplomats from the US and Iran had a “brief and cordial exchange,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. In the Netherlands for 70-country talks on Afghanistan, US envoy to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke and Iran’s deputy foreign minister plan to “stay...

Bank CEOs' Obama Meeting Spurs Talk of Togetherness

(Newser) - CEOs of the nation’s largest banks today assured President Obama they understand their institutions are vital to economic recovery and pledged to do all they can to help the government, Bloomberg reports. Following today’s White House meeting, Wells Fargo’s CEO said “the basic message” of the...

Obama Will Meet With Top Bank Execs

(Newser) - Amid growing dissatisfaction with government restrictions on bailout funds, President Obama will meet with bank CEOs on Friday, Reuters reports. Several banks have indicated that they will repay their TARP loans to avoid new government rules. In the meeting with execs from Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and others, Obama will urge...

President Gets Personal With Swing Senators

Holds highly unusual 1-on-1 meetings with stimulus holdouts

(Newser) - President Obama is reaching across the aisle to moderate senators whose votes are crucial to passage of the economic stimulus bill. He put in a call to John McCain, who has been a vocal critic of the bill’s current incarnation. “We'd like to sit down and try to...

China Secretly Meets With Long-Banned Churches

Only state-backed religious groups legal; 100M worship in secret

(Newser) - Inching toward reconciliation after decades of opposition, China’s government invited leaders of the country’s banned Protestant churches to secret talks, the Times of London reports. The government is hoping to smooth relations as it celebrates its 60th year in power and aims for stability amid economic turmoil. Beijing...

Kennedy, NY Guv Huddle On Senate Post

Meeting critical after Caroline's 'uneven public audition'

(Newser) - Caroline Kennedy met formally with New York’s governor yesterday for the first time to discuss her quest for Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat, the New York Times reports. Some 10 people have set their sights on the seat. Several have or will speak with Gov. David Paterson, but Kennedy’...

SAG Postpones Strike Vote
 SAG Postpones Strike Vote  

SAG Postpones Strike Vote

Union schedules meeting to iron out division

(Newser) - Facing dissent in the rank-and-file, the Screen Actors Guild is delaying a member vote to authorize a strike, the Los Angeles Times reports. The union’s board will push back balloting slated to begin January 2 to “address the unfortunate division and restore consensus” at a special meeting January...

Obama-Bush Meet: This Could Get Awkward

The last time the two met, Dubya sanitized his hands afterward

(Newser) - It’s possible that no greater distance has ever divided the numbers 43 and 44. An excerpt from Barack Obama’s 2006 book, The Audacity of Hope, reveals just how awkward today’s meeting between president and president-elect might be, reports Fox News. After shaking Obama’s hand at their...

Bush, Obama Will Sit Down Monday

Transition moving quickly between president, successor

(Newser) - President George W. Bush will meet with Barack Obama early next week to discuss plans for transition, the Washington Post reports. Obama received his first intelligence briefing this morning, and key staffers have been given expedited security clearances. “We face economic challenges that will not pause to let a...

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