Gwen's Take

Gwen's Take: When It Helps to Look Inward

Posted: March 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm

This has been a good week for introspection.

It can be easy to look at Washington's hijinks and see only the shallow end of the pool. But every once in awhile, before they dive in and hit their heads, our leaders actually pause to engage in a little beneficial navel gazing.

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a joint press conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday. [Photo: CNN]

Gwen’s Take: Is Washington Not As Bad As You Think? (Read the Fine Print)

Posted: March 14, 2013 at 4:58 pm

At first I was terribly impressed. While reading this excellent column by my friend Ruth Marcus, I was taken aback by this statistic:  Members of Congress report that they work 70 hours a week.

Gwen’s Take: Washington at Work (No, really.)

Posted: March 7, 2013 at 7:06 pm

The overly-touted snowstorm, dubbed "snowquester," may have had a mind-clearing effect on Washington [Photo:CNN]

And they say there's no more bipartisanship in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday turned that notion on its ear. A much feared and anticipated snowstorm failed to materialize, disappointing thousands of schoolchildren, but the gray skies and empty streets forced by school and government closings may have had a mind-clearing effect.

Gwen’s Take | The Blame Game and Other Perplexing Things

Posted: February 28, 2013 at 6:42 pm

The man in my audience at Ohio University this week was exasperated. Why, he wondered, can’t Washington get its act together?

Why indeed?

I can’t say I had a good answer. But it was clear that –- in Athens, Ohio, at least –- the latest budget cutting debate is going over about as well as that moment when your misbehaving children blame each other for starting it first. This is when you threaten to pull the car over.

Gwen’s Take | Inside the Supreme Court with Sonia Sotomayor

Posted: February 21, 2013 at 5:50 pm

There are few places in Washington as grand as the Supreme Court. The staircases sweep; the marble columns soar, and the carved archways inside guide visitors down hushed hallways. The chamber itself, with its velvet drapes, elevated bench and rich history, makes you drop your voice to a whisper once you’re inside.

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