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Mueller hardball fuels Trump allies’ anger toward probe, risks backfiring

November 28, 2018 |

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s tough tactics with investigation targets and witnesses are fueling complaints about the probe from President Trump and his allies at a critical stage, as key cooperation efforts seem to break down. 
FOX News

Trump’s hardball tactics may win trade battles while losing the loyalty of allies

October 11, 2018 |

Shortly after Canada agreed to new terms for the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Trump administration held up the deal as vindication of the president’s bare-knuckles negotiating style.

And the administration was certainly right about the tactics: During 13 months of talks, Trump imposed…

L.A. Times – Business

Kavanaugh Opponents Play Hardball With Sen. Collins

September 12, 2018 |

Activists trying to block Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are threatening to make a hefty donation to Sen. Susan Collins’ opponents if she votes for him—but the plan could backfire. So far, a group of liberal activists including the Maine People’s Alliance and dying ALS patient Ady Barkan have…

FedEx Plays Hardball With Retailers as Profits Get Squeezed

December 21, 2016 |

FedEx is playing hardball with some e-commerce shippers as the package delivery giant strains to manage the surge in holiday shopping packages. US Business

Germany, ECB play hardball with Greece

February 1, 2015 |

Dijsselbloem, head of the euro zone finance ministers' group, and Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis shake hands after their common press conference at the ministry in AthensBy Paul Carrel and Jussi Rosendahl BERLIN/HELSINKI (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel ruled out a debt writedown for Greece on Saturday, and a European Central Bank policymaker threatened to cut off funding to Greek banks if Athens does not agree to renew its bailout package. The euro zone's paymaster and the ECB are both taking a tough line with Greece's new leftist government, whose leader swept to victory last Sunday promising that five years of austerity, "humiliation and suffering" were over. Alexis Tsipras has also promised to renegotiate agreements with the European Commission, ECB and International Monetary Fund "troika" and write off much of Greece's 320 billion euro ($ 360 billion) debt, which at more than 175 percent of gross domestic product is the world's second-highest after Japan.

Business News Headlines – Yahoo! News

Playing hardball over baseball’s antitrust exemption

July 3, 2013 |

San Jose’s lawsuit against the league for blocking its bid to lure the Oakland A’s raises a big question: Why should baseball have a blessing no other sport has?

The great thing about baseball is that it’s a mass of imponderables. How can Josh Hamilton be paid $ 17 million this year and hit .223? Why is a team with a $ 216-million payroll sitting dead last in its division? (I’m looking at you, Dodgers.)


L.A. Times – Business