Gwen's Take

The View from Aspen

Posted: July 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

ASPEN --Since we established in this space that I am a professional skeptic, I arrived at the Aspen Ideas Festival -- a kind of Rocky Mountain think-fest -- prepared for a pretty dreary recounting of where the nation stands right now.

The Skeptics vs the Cynics: And when it’s tough to make the distinction

Posted: June 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I am a great champion of the notion that it helps to be skeptical, but hurts to be cynical. But weeks like this one make it tough to distinguish between the two.

Because I strive to maintain my balance, I toss these examples over to you, dear readers:

BREAKING: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) walks out of Vice President Biden’s budget talks.

“We've reached the point where the dynamic needs to change," Mr. Cantor said. "It is up to the president to come in and talk to the speaker.”

Under the Big Top- Part II: Enough about me. What do you think?

Posted: June 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I promised myself not to have anything more to say about the Anthony Weiner circus. Then I remembered what I promised at the end of last week’s blog – to hear you out.

So here is a selection of some of your responses to the seedy scandal that transfixed Washington and cheered professional and amateur comics.

In reading them, I was reminded how smart and reasoned our viewers are. Even on a story that has been covered as obsessively as this one, they added something new to the conversation.

Under the Big Top

Posted: June 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Washington Follies: June edition

This was a tough week to be a news snob.

I could blame Anthony Weiner, the New York Congressman whose spectacular, Twitter-fueled political implosion was impossible to ignore.

I could blame the cable networks, who, absent the Weiner story, had little else to fill 24 hours with, aside from fires and the Casey Anthony trial.

Lines in the Sand

Posted: June 2, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Standing at the White House podium on Wednesday after members of the House Republican caucus concluded their meeting with the President about the budget, press secretary Jay Carney described the exchange to assembled reporters.

“There was no line in the sand,” he declared. (Translation: no one got up and stomped from the room, but no agreement was reached either.)

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