GWEN’S TAKE

  • April 8, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    As the shutdown showdown approached its third or fourth climax late this week, I found myself in Flint, Mich., the former General Motors manufacturing powerhouse, where the unemployment rate still stands at nearly 12 percent and people can be forgiven … Continue reading

  • April 1, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    AMES, Iowa | I have this little theory that has long served me well. Everything, I believe, is politics. Politics determines whether your children go to school or to jail; whether they eat or starve; whether their futures will improve … Continue reading

  • March 25, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Every four years, as I set off to cover another presidential election cycle, I secretly ask myself: Why do any of these people want to be president? Consider the choices that have faced the current president just within the last … Continue reading

  • March 18, 2011   BY Gwen Ifill  

    I was sitting behind the wheel on Pennsylvania Avenue Thursday afternoon in the kind of traffic clog that those of us who live in Washington, D.C., have become accustomed to. The clamor of sirens signaled that President Obama’s motorcade was … Continue reading

  • 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