Gwen's Take

Gwen’s Take | Happy 100th Birthday, Rosa Parks

Posted: February 7, 2013 at 3:31 pm

We know instinctively that not everything we come to believe as history is true. But we want it to be.

We want to believe that a timid seamstress sat down on a city bus in December, 1955 and refused to give up her seat to a white man because she was just too tired.

We want to believe that she was a solitary heroine who single-handedly desegregated public transportation in Montgomery, Alabama overnight.

And we want to believe that she spent the rest of her days comfortably, secure in the knowledge that her meek, nonviolent approach to injustice made all the difference.

Gwen's Take | Rubio, Giffords & Hagel: The Week in Confrontation

Posted: January 31, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Government can be dry. Politics can be tiring. The law, while necessary, can be tedious.

This is why high drama in Washington can be so much fun.

We saw three instances of it this week. And unlike our periodic fascination with invisible girlfriends and doping scandals, Beyonce and Volkswagen ads, these may actually matter.

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.

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