October 2013

Gwen’s Take | Mitch McConnell: Reading Between the Lines

Posted: Thu, 10/31/2013 - 2:32pm

Gwen Ifill interviewed Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday for the PBS Newshour [Photo: PBS Newshour]

America, apparently, hates everything it knows about Washington. Democrats detest Republicans. Republicans deride Democrats. Everyone else dismisses the whole thing.


Gwen's Take: “Glitches” Then and Now

Posted: Thu, 10/24/2013 - 5:37pm

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.

“The whole idea of compromise has become so devalued in this city,” reporter Steve Roberts said. “And you have people on both sides of the aisle saying compromise is the equivalent of selling out, or caving in or betraying.”


Gwen’s Take: The Breaking Point

Posted: Thu, 10/17/2013 - 3:46pm

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.


Gwen's Take: "My First Journalism Job"

Posted: Thu, 10/10/2013 - 1:44pm

What was Gwen Ifill's first job in journalism? She shares the unexpected way she landed it, what she learned and how that first position played a role in her career.


Gwen’s Take: Déjà vu All Over Again

Posted: Thu, 10/03/2013 - 4:01pm

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 Obama said at an outdoor rally Thursday before workers affected by the shutdown.

The president indicated little movement towards a deal to reopen the government in a speech on Thursday [Photo: CNN].