Gwen's Take

Gwen’s Take: Beware the Clickbait (Or Why There’s Always More To the Story)

Posted: May 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Washington does not lack for smugness. It takes only one committee vote, or one fancy dinner to send many of us into paroxysms of self-congratulation.

Pass a bill out of committee?
Hold a press conference.
Snag a cable TV star as your “date” for the big dinner?
Tweet a picture.

But we are not alone in this. A brief survey of the week’s headlines should reassure anyone that overreaching is a common problem.


Gwen's Take: Politics as an Extinct Species

Posted: April 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm

It is an entirely human condition to pine for the good old days, when candy cost a penny, hopscotch was the best way to spend recess and politicians actually talked to, not only at, one another.

But as the PBS NewsHour’s extinction series has reminded us this week, some things -– Canadian pennies, cursive writing -– seem to be gone forever. 

Gwen’s Take: The Arc of History and the Civil Rights Law

Posted: April 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

If it seems like we are drowning in anniversary observances, you are right.

Last year, we marked the half-century mark for the March on Washington as well as the assassination of John F. Kennedy. This year, we take note of the passage and enactment of the Civil Rights Act and the Supreme Court decision that integrated the nation’s schools (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka - 347 U.S. 483 (1954)). Next year, we will acknowledge the Voting Rights Act’s golden anniversary.

Gwen's Take: Women's Voices - Three Ways to Get Heard

Posted: April 3, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Gwen Ifill with Elsie Hillman at Chatham University's 2014 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women & Politics event [Credit: Anna Lee-Fields].

I met a member of a dying breed this week. But I had to leave Washington and travel to Pittsburgh to do it.

Gwen’s Take: The Tyranny of Heightened Expectations

Posted: March 27, 2014 at 2:55 pm

President Obama waves after delivering a speech in Brussels earlier this week during his trip to Europe.

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