Gwen's Take

Mixed Signals

Posted: March 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm

When to Send Them; How to Read Them

I was sitting behind the wheel on Pennsylvania Avenue Thursday afternoon in the kind of traffic clog that those of us who live in Washington, DC have become accustomed to. The clamor of sirens signaled that President Obama’s motorcade was about to pass. And until he – and about 14 other speeding vehicles carrying the Presidential entourage – sped by, the rest of us would not be going anywhere.

Rest in Peace David Broder

Posted: March 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm

David and Ann Broder were precisely the same age. So when they decided to celebrate their 80th birthdays last year, the couple’s four sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren were able to turn it into one of those warm and loving tributes that the rest of us can only hope we will live to see.

It was some party. Children. Grandchildren. Friends. Neighbors. Cake. To my mind, it was the hottest ticket in Washington.

The View From Indiana

Posted: March 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm

INDIANAPOLIS -- This otherwise unprepossessing state capitol has in recent weeks morphed into one of several hot spots around the nation that are testing what it means to govern and be governed.

Close To The Edge

Posted: February 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Tales from Tripoli, Madison and Washington

When I was just a young thing, I loved a song by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five called “The Message.” “Don’t push me, cuz I’m close to the edge,” the refrain went. “I’m trying not to lose my head.”

Meaning What You Say

Posted: February 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm

It’s a familiar cycle. Voters say they want new faces and fresh thinking in Washington. But once the newcomers arrive in the nation’s capital, they discover themselves consigned to back benches and basement offices.

Reality soon sets in. It’s harder than it seems to get things done.

But in both the House and the Senate this year, first-termers are making their presence felt on deficit spending, defense budgets, anti-terror laws -- and even Big Bird.

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