GWEN’S TAKE

  • December 23, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    “Politics is politics” House Speaker John Boehner opined Thursday, as he stepped before the cameras to explain why he would not back down in the payroll tax fight House Republicans have been waging with the Senate. Seldom have truer words … Continue reading

  • December 16, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Welcome to my hometown. There are few places in the world that people hate so much, yet expend such extraordinary effort trying to get to. Myself, I find much to love about Washington. The monuments are pretty. The green spaces … Continue reading

  • December 9, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Scientists at the University of California Berkeley have discovered something awesome: monster black holes — 10 billion times the mass of the sun — that suck in everything around them. Even light To say this reminded me of the current … Continue reading

  • December 2, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    As I prepared for a PBS NewsHour discussion about the prospects of extending and expanding the year-old payroll tax holiday, I knew the challenges that lay ahead. And that was before the Senate confirmed my pessimism by rejecting not one, … Continue reading

  • November 18, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Not many people can boast of having traveled to Providence, R.I., Cleveland, Newark, Madison, Wis., St. Louis and Venice, Italy, within little more than a month. In every instance — including the Italian trip, where I got to hang out … Continue reading

  • November 4, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    When former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice walked into our interview at her publisher’s office in New York this week, she was as composed as ever — happy to be out of Washington and now free to tell her side … Continue reading

  • October 28, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    It happened again the other day. Someone in the audience I was speaking to in Newark, N.J., wanted to know: “Is compromise too much to hope for in Washington?” And once again, I had to duck the question. I simply … Continue reading

  • October 21, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Three years into his presidency, Barack Obama is turning out to be quite the tough guy. Osama bin Laden is a bad memory. Anwar al-Awlaki – an American citizen no less – is gone. And now, thanks to U.S.-led support, … Continue reading

  • October 14, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Breaking news: Herman Cain has endorsed Mitt Romney. If that’s news to you, it’s because it happened four years ago. Thanks to Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic for the reminder that everything old is new again. Cain, who emerged this … Continue reading

  • October 7, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Politics is not an ego-free business. And why should it be? I got a taste of that this week as New Jersey’s Chris Christie and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took themselves out of presidential consideration. I saw the other … Continue reading