Trying to Negotiate Consensus On the Court

Supreme Court chief justice John Roberts faced the challenge of a lifetime in negotiations over the court’s Obamacare decision, according to a new biography. His struggle to balance conflicting goals can illuminate best practices for team talks.

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“It’s my job to call balls and strikes, and not to pitch or bat,” Supreme Court chief justice John Roberts famously said at his 2005 confirmation hearing. The baseball metaphor appeared to be designed to reassure Democratic members of Congress and the public that Roberts would lead the court in a nonpartisan fashion, despite a career’s

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