Gwen's Take

Gwen’s Take: Taking Yes for an Answer

Posted: December 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

It is apparently safe to use the word “compromise” again.

Vladimir Putin is granting pardons to his enemies (it took a decade, but still).

Nine U.S. senators this week dared to stray from the Republican fold to endorse a modest government budget that raises revenues and cuts spending.

“Mr. President, this deal is a compromise,” Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said. “It doesn't tackle every one of the challenges we face as a nation, but that was never our goal.”

Gwen’s Take: Of Handshakes, Selfies and Budget Deals

Posted: December 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Sen. Marco Rubio (left) expressed his disapproval with the budget compromise negotiated by fellow Republican Rep. Paul Ryan [Photo: CNN].

You’ve got to hand it to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He’s consistent. No wishy-washy budget deals for him. Only all or nothing will do.

So he and another half dozen conservatives denounced the budget compromise reached by fellow Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray because, although it reduces spending, it doesn’t do enough.

Gwen's Take: Meeting Nelson Mandela

Posted: December 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Nelson Mandela visited New York during his U.S. tour in 1990 [Photo: CNN].

I can't say I actually met Nelson Mandela. I shook his hand once; asked him a question at a news conference. But, unlike the thousands of reporters, celebrities and politicians now weighing in with tales of personal remembrances, Mandela was a distant icon who nevertheless deeply influenced me.

Gwen’s Take: Counting on Diplomacy

Posted: December 5, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Just before the end of my PBS NewsHour interview with the lead Iran negotiator for the U.S. Wendy Sherman this week, she went out of her way to trot out a somewhat surprising endorsement of the Obama approach to Iran.

The Obama administration’s views on Iran, she suggested, are pretty much in step with what two former secretaries of state -- Henry Kissinger and George Shultz -- believe.

Gwen’s Take: Navel Gazing and Other News Dilemmas

Posted: November 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Working in the news business means making critical decisions every day. Everything we choose to cover – and more importantly, the stories we do not cover – is affected by judgment (much of it subjective) and resources.

So with that in mind, I was intrigued to read a new Pew Research Center report on the amount of time television devoted to two huge stories this month – the record-breaking Typhoon Haiyan and the fractured rollout of the health care law exchanges.

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