GWEN’S TAKE

  • September 20, 2013    

    First rule: Don’t blink. Someone will have to, but not just yet. From Ted Cruz and John Boehner to Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani, lawmakers, politicians, dictators and future Presidents have all perfected the art of digging their heels into … Continue reading

  • September 13, 2013    

    It’s tough enough to govern effectively when the ground underfoot is stable. But take a tricky issue and angle it uphill, and getting things done gets a lot more complicated.

  • August 30, 2013    

    On Wednesday, President Barack Obama sat down with NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza It never gets old slipping inside the gates at Pennsylvania Avenue and walking up the path to the White … Continue reading

  • August 23, 2013    

    Two years ago, I wrote this piece about looking back and looking forward. Now, because we love our landmarks, the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington has allowed us to focus once again on a pivotal national event that … Continue reading

  • August 16, 2013    

    Watch Gwen’s Take: Summer Reading on PBS. See more from Washington Week. Gwen Ifill’s summer reading list is heavy on politics, but also full of lush fiction from writers like Edwidge Danticat, Elinor Lipman and Daniel Silva. On the non-fiction … Continue reading

  • August 9, 2013    

    I am in the business of slapping together what we call the first draft of history every day, so it has been a little jarring to suddenly be making history myself. But that’s what Judy Woodruff and I will be … Continue reading

  • August 2, 2013    

    It is true that when I want a little getaway reading, I normally download or pack a nice piece of fiction. But this year, I couldn’t resist doing a deep dive into three really good books about Washington. It helps … Continue reading

  • July 19, 2013    

    I went to a movie a few weeks ago where we were required to don 3-D glasses in order to view the thing properly. But periodically, I would take my glasses off to see what the screen looked like without … Continue reading

  • July 11, 2013    

    This week’s Time magazine cover landed on my desk just as I was puzzling through another week of split-screen politics in the nation’s capital. The divided image was of a crowded Tahrir Square in Cairo. With the word Egypt in … Continue reading

  • June 27, 2013    

    It wasn’t that long ago that President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act. He did it quietly, literally in the dark of night. Less than three years earlier, he’d signed off on another law gay rights advocates hated … Continue reading