June 2013

Gwen’s Take: (Re) Defining Equality

Posted: Thu, 06/27/2013 - 5:44pm

It wasn’t that long ago that President Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act. He did it quietly, literally in the dark of night. Less than three years earlier, he’d signed off on another law gay rights advocates hated and later lobbied to overturn -– the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays in the military.


Gwen’s Take: How The Supreme Court Might Change Your Life

Posted: Thu, 06/20/2013 - 6:44pm

We are entering the last week of June, which means it’s time for the annual waiting game.

Are we waiting for sweet corn? For the neighborhood pool to open? For Congress to leave town?

No. As always, we are waiting for the Supreme Court.

Tom Goldstein, the lawyer who runs the closely-watched ScotusBlog, captured it best on Thursday, as we were all refreshing our browsers, hoping for news of hot Supreme Court decision-making.


Gwen's Take: Understanding Washington More/Hating Politics Less

Posted: Thu, 06/13/2013 - 5:48pm

Gwen Ifill with Tim Russert and John Harwood of CNBC on the set of "Meet The Press" in 2007 [Photo: NBC/Meet the Press].


Gwen’s Take | Breadwinners At Work: Rice, Power, Evers & Obama

Posted: Thu, 06/06/2013 - 4:10pm

Four women who dominated headlines this week could not be more different from one another. But each one, we are told, possesses sharp elbows.

President Obama used this basketball analogy to describe his newly-picked National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Actually, she did play basketball in college, but over time has acquired an even tougher reputation in foreign policy circles. You can imagine how well that goes over in that mostly-male world.