Gwen's Take

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.

Gwen’s Take: The Perils of Conventional Wisdom – Geopolitical Edition

Posted: March 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm

When it comes to politics -– and missing planes for that matter -– it helps to be an expert, or at least to play one on TV.

As I type this, cable news is playing mutely on the television on my desk. The “Breaking News” banner reads: “Officials: This is the best lead we have right now.”

That caption perfectly captures the endless speculation we have been enduring about the search for the Malaysian jetliner that disappeared March 8 in a fog of mystery worthy of nighttime soap opera.

Gwen's Take: Two Women Who Expand Hearts and Minds

Posted: March 13, 2014 at 11:39 am

In October, Gwen wrote this piece about Michele Norris and Etharine Cousin for Politico's "Women Rule" series. For Women's History Month, we are republishing the piece [Photos: The Race Card Project; WFP.org)

Gwen's Take: Five ways to understand Ukraine

Posted: March 6, 2014 at 4:47 pm

As we watch yet another drama unfold half a world away -- this time in Ukraine -- certain predictable themes are beginning to emerge. Some are political. Some are geopolitical. And all contain inevitable baggage left over from the Cold War (the Russian bear is back!), Vietnam (the dangers of U.S. intervention), and the Arab Spring (revolutions are not all they’re cracked up to be.)

These historical echoes come with dangerous potholes. Hillary Clinton was reminded this week that, even with careful rhetorical couching, it’s never a good idea to invoke Hitler comparisons.

Gwen’s Take: The first 47 years

Posted: February 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Top right: John Davenport was the first moderator of Washington Week; Bottom left: Paul Duke was the longest-running host of the show.

My producer alerted me earlier this week that Washington Week is celebrating its 47th birthday.

Forty-seven does not seem to be particularly noteworthy, so I looked it up. Halle Berry, John Cusack and Janet Jackson are 47. So are Adam Sandler and Benicio del Toro.

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