January 2013

Gwen's Take | Rubio, Giffords & Hagel: The Week in Confrontation

Posted: Thu, 01/31/2013 - 7:00pm

Government can be dry. Politics can be tiring. The law, while necessary, can be tedious.

This is why high drama in Washington can be so much fun.

We saw three instances of it this week. And unlike our periodic fascination with invisible girlfriends and doping scandals, Beyonce and Volkswagen ads, these may actually matter.

Gwen's Take | Eight Rows Back: The GOP’s Murky Path Forward

Posted: Thu, 01/24/2013 - 5:06pm

Rep. Paul Ryan, on Inauguration Day, seated behind Beyonce and Jay-Z (Photo: NBC)

Updated: Friday, Jan 25 11:35am

Monday morning in Washington was a chilly place to be if you were a man who imagined you might have been the one facing a Supreme Court justice with your right hand raised.


What It Takes, On Journalism and Politics

Posted: Thu, 01/10/2013 - 6:29pm

Earlier this week, I joined with many of my fellow political journalists in a collective gush of surprise and sadness at the death of writer Richard Ben Cramer.

It was sad that he died at 62; sadder yet that a man who I can scarcely envision without a big fat cigar in hand died of lung cancer.

Swearing off Resolutions…Kind Of

Posted: Thu, 01/03/2013 - 4:56pm

The 113th Congress was sworn into office on January 3, 2013 (Photo: CNN).

I have never been much for making promises that I know will be impossible to keep. But if you read this blog regularly, you will know that I am more of an optimist than anyone who covers Washington has any right to be.