Gwen's Take

Gwen's Take: Toes in the Sand; Eyes on the Page

Posted: August 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm

It is true that when I want a little getaway reading, I normally download or pack a nice piece of fiction. But this year, I couldn’t resist doing a deep dive into three really good books about Washington.

It helps that each is written by journalists I respect and, as important, like a great deal. Even better, the books expanded my mind. Each read took me into different corners of the world I spend a lot of time thinking about –- politics, politicians and the people who inhabit the nation’s capital.

Gwen's Take: Making Washington’s Abstractions Real

Posted: July 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I went to a movie a few weeks ago where we were required to don 3-D glasses in order to view the thing properly.

But periodically, I would take my glasses off to see what the screen looked like without enhancement. The screen immediately went fuzzy. I could still see what was going on, but not clearly.

So it is in Washington. Unfortunately, someone neglected to hand out the 3-D glasses to the American people.

Gwen’s Take: Once Again to the Split-Screen

Posted: July 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm

This week’s Time magazine cover landed on my desk just as I was puzzling through another week of split-screen politics in the nation’s capital.

The divided image was of a crowded Tahrir Square in Cairo. With the word Egypt in the middle of the page, the headline “World’s Best Protesters” was superimposed on the left side -- “World’s Worst Democrats” on the right.

Gwen’s Take: (Re) Defining Equality

Posted: June 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm

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: June 20, 2013 at 6:44 pm

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.

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