Gwen's Take

Gwen's Take | Eight Rows Back: The GOP’s Murky Path Forward

Posted: January 24, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Rep. Paul Ryan, on Inauguration Day, seated behind Beyonce and Jay-Z (Photo: NBC)

Updated: Friday, Jan 25 11:35am

Monday morning in Washington was a chilly place to be if you were a man who imagined you might have been the one facing a Supreme Court justice with your right hand raised.

What It Takes, On Journalism and Politics

Posted: January 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Earlier this week, I joined with many of my fellow political journalists in a collective gush of surprise and sadness at the death of writer Richard Ben Cramer.

It was sad that he died at 62; sadder yet that a man who I can scarcely envision without a big fat cigar in hand died of lung cancer.

Swearing off Resolutions…Kind Of

Posted: January 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm

The 113th Congress was sworn into office on January 3, 2013 (Photo: CNN).

I have never been much for making promises that I know will be impossible to keep. But if you read this blog regularly, you will know that I am more of an optimist than anyone who covers Washington has any right to be.

Thanks for Watching

Posted: December 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Working a holiday week means having no more excuses. So my desk, which had turned into the place where election-year research goes to die, needed my attention.

If I never replied to your invitation, answered your complimentary or critical note, or finished your book, this is why. My desk bore witness to the chaos brought on by a year of election coverage.

Sandy Hook and the Politics of Pain

Posted: December 20, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I think it's fair to say we have all been crying for a week.

Watching the faces of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting scroll by, in silence, at the end of the PBS NewsHour on Monday night was excruciating.

I tried to escape by Christmas shopping. Cashiers asked me what the shooter's mother was thinking.

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