Gwen's Take

All The King's Horses And All The King's Men

Posted: August 4, 2011 at 6:51 pm

In the fine tradition of the well-executed post mortem, we now find ourselves in the season of the "tick tock" -- the well-reported explanations of how a big story unfolded.

We have been treated to the finest of the genre in the days since the President was finally able to put ink to paper and sign the much wrangled- over legislation to raise the nation's debt limit.

Debating the Debate: When Words Substitute for Action

Posted: July 28, 2011 at 5:23 pm

As Washington’s debt ceiling debate approaches its deadline, those of us who watch and cover it anxiously await its drop-dead date. Or its do or die moment. Or, its my-way-or-the-highway climax.

Skyrocketing interest rates. Huge tax hikes. Bottom lines. Gimmicks. Smoke and mirrors. Ticking clocks.
You name it, someone has said it.

Eating One’s Peas and Other Dilemmas

Posted: July 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm

It’s a conundrum. We in the news business are constantly justifying to ourselves why we cover the stories we cover, and why you should care.

It is the second part of that formula that confounds news decision makers on a daily basis. Because if you don’t care, you don’t watch. And we kind of like it when you watch.

Grand Bargains: Why they are so elusive

Posted: July 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I’ve been afflicted this week with a disorienting sense of déjà vu that affects any reporter who has covered Washington long enough. Even the most consequential and operatic standoffs begin to seem eerily familiar.

Scolding and Scheming: Politics at its best

Posted: July 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Updated: July 8, 2011 | 12:00 p.m

The President knotted his tie and strode into the White House press briefing room Thursday to announce that he’d just concluded a “very constructive” meeting with members of Congress.

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