GWEN’S TAKE

  • 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

  • September 27, 2013   BY Gwen Ifill  

    From Pennsylvania Avenue to Capitol Hill; from the United Nations to Tehran … everybody seems to be talking tough. Hassan Rouhani, the suddenly accessible new President of Iran, declared in more than one venue this week that he is a … Continue reading

  • September 20, 2013   BY Gwen Ifill  

    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   BY Gwen Ifill  

    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.