August 2014

Gwen's Take: Getting to 2016 By Surviving 2014

Posted: Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:20pm

It’s been a runaway treadmill of a summer. If it hasn’t been protests in the Midwest, it’s been planes dropping out of the sky in Ukraine. If it hasn’t been rockets and missiles raining down in the Middle East, it has been border confrontations in the American Southwest.

You can be forgiven for forgetting there is a midterm election underway.

But Labor Day is nigh, and voters are facing an array of pretty interesting choices this fall. In two states, rising Republican stars who were busy building national profiles in anticipation of 2016 have suddenly been forced to refocus.


Gwen’s Take: The Optics of a National Crisis

Posted: Thu, 08/14/2014 - 2:02pm

No matter what you hear about vacations and congressional breaks, August is never a slow news month. Wars are launched, hurricanes strike, and civil unrest unravels on the streets of towns like Ferguson, Missouri.