GWEN’S TAKE

  • December 20, 2013   BY Gwen Ifill  

    It is apparently safe to use the word “compromise” again. Vladimir Putin is granting pardons to his enemies (it took a decade, but still). Nine U.S. senators this week dared to stray from the Republican fold to endorse a modest … Continue reading

  • December 13, 2013   BY Gwen Ifill 

    You’ve got to hand it to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He’s consistent. No wishy-washy budget deals for him. Only all or nothing will do. So he and another half-dozen conservatives denounced the budget compromise reached by fellow Republican Rep. Paul … Continue reading

  • December 6, 2013   BY Gwen Ifill 

    Nelson Mandela, seen here in 1990 embracing a young girl from Soweto, inspired South Africans and the world with his message of peace. He was also a shrewd politician who knew how to fight the necessary battles. Photo by Alexander … Continue reading

  • November 22, 2013   BY Gwen Ifill 

    Working in the news business means making critical decisions every day. Everything we choose to cover — and more importantly, the stories we do not cover — is affected by judgment (much of it subjective) and resources. So with that … Continue reading

  • November 15, 2013   BY Gwen Ifill 

    The coin of the realm in Washington, D.C., is delay. Can’t agree on whether to raise the debt ceiling? Put it off. Unable to pass a budget to keep the government open? Put a patch on it. Impossible to stop … Continue reading

  • November 8, 2013   BY Gwen Ifill  

    When Vice President Joe Biden called the wrong Marty Walsh on Tuesday to congratulate him on winning the Boston mayor’s race, he was not the only politician struggling with mixed signals that night. Biden could be forgiven for the misdial. … Continue reading

  • November 1, 2013   BY Gwen Ifill  

    Gwen Ifill interviews Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss his criticism of the Affordable Care Act, his take on NSA spying allegations and which common causes unite the GOP factions. Read a full transcript of the interview, which aired … Continue reading

  • October 25, 2013   BY Gwen Ifill 

    OK, boys and girls. It’s time for another fun trip in the way-way-back-machine. You will remember that just a few weeks ago, I took you back to a 1995 Washington Week discussion about government shutdowns that sounded awfully, awfully familiar. … Continue reading

  • October 18, 2013   BY Gwen Ifill 

    Is Washington broken? I was traveling last week, and everywhere I went, that question was greeted, understandably, with laughter. I tried to defend democracy and the role of government in our lives. I really did. But Washington wasn’t helping.

  • October 4, 2013   BY Gwen Ifill  

    If it seems like we’ve been here before, you are not hallucinating. The president, on the stump once again this week, is accusing Republicans of gross irresponsibility. “You don’t get to demand ransom for doing your most basic job!” President … Continue reading