GWEN’S TAKE

  • March 11, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Gwen Ifill and David Broder on “Meet the Press.” Photo courtesy NBC News. David and Ann Broder were precisely the same age. So when they decided to celebrate their 80th birthdays last year, the couple’s four sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren … Continue reading

  • March 4, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Indiana State Capitol building. Photo via Flickr user Intiaz Rahim. INDIANAPOLIS | This otherwise unprepossessing state capitol has in recent weeks morphed into one of several hot spots around the nation that are testing what it means to govern and … Continue reading

  • February 25, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    When I was just a young thing, I loved a song by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five called “The Message.” “Don’t push me, ‘cuz I’m close to the edge,” the refrain went. “I’m trying not to lose my head.“ … Continue reading

  • February 18, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    It’s a familiar cycle. Voters say they want new faces and fresh thinking in Washington. But once the newcomers arrive in the nation’s capital, they discover themselves consigned to back benches and basement offices. Reality soon sets in. It’s harder … Continue reading

  • February 11, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor strolled out onto the White House lawn after lunch with the president this week to deliver an upbeat and focused message to the reporters gathered there. “I thought it was pretty … Continue reading

  • January 28, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Seldom have I watched the president’s annual speech to the joint session of Congress with anticipation that had so little to do with the contents of the address itself. By now we surely know that – aside from the occasional … Continue reading

  • January 21, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    I am not such a fan of celebrating anniversaries for their own sake. Much of what we say on such occasions is rote – if not trite – and the true meaning of observance is easily lost. But there were … Continue reading

  • January 14, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Last week in this space, I mused about how quick we can be to over interpret events and ascribe tenuous meaning to actions that so often defy explanation. Less than 48 hours after I posted that column, 19 people were … Continue reading

  • December 30, 2010   BY Gwen Ifill  

    One of the things that I promise reporters who appear on “Washington Week” is that they will never have to make predictions. Even on the PBS NewsHour, where many of our guests actually make their livings by peering into crystal … Continue reading

  • December 24, 2010   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Let’s face it. If you still have to go to work while everyone else is out shopping and partying and hanging mistletoe, you might as well have fun doing it. Gridlock is not fun. Poisonous debate is not fun. Being … Continue reading