March 2014

Gwen's Take: Two Women Who Expand Hearts and Minds

Posted: Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:39am

In October, Gwen wrote this piece about Michele Norris and Etharine Cousin for Politico's "Women Rule" series. For Women's History Month, we are republishing the piece [Photos: The Race Card Project;


Gwen’s Take: The Tyranny of Heightened Expectations

Posted: Thu, 03/27/2014 - 2:55pm

President Obama waves after delivering a speech in Brussels earlier this week during his trip to Europe.


Gwen’s Take: The Perils of Conventional Wisdom – Geopolitical Edition

Posted: Thu, 03/20/2014 - 1:54pm

When it comes to politics -– and missing planes for that matter -– it helps to be an expert, or at least to play one on TV.

As I type this, cable news is playing mutely on the television on my desk. The “Breaking News” banner reads: “Officials: This is the best lead we have right now.”

That caption perfectly captures the endless speculation we have been enduring about the search for the Malaysian jetliner that disappeared March 8 in a fog of mystery worthy of nighttime soap opera.


Gwen's Take: Five ways to understand Ukraine

Posted: Thu, 03/06/2014 - 4:47pm

As we watch yet another drama unfold half a world away -- this time in Ukraine -- certain predictable themes are beginning to emerge. Some are political. Some are geopolitical. And all contain inevitable baggage left over from the Cold War (the Russian bear is back!), Vietnam (the dangers of U.S. intervention), and the Arab Spring (revolutions are not all they’re cracked up to be.)

These historical echoes come with dangerous potholes. Hillary Clinton was reminded this week that, even with careful rhetorical couching, it’s never a good idea to invoke Hitler comparisons.