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Covering the oil disaster

Gwen's Take

As President Obama struggled to assert control over what is clearly an uncontrollable situation, I had the chance to assess the unspooling oil disaster dilemma this week by talking to folks living with it, and folks watching from afar.

If White House officials listened to either conversation, they will detect that their greatest enemy may be the uncapped well, but the second greatest is despair.

Deadlines, Schmedlines...

Gwen's Take

“If you don’t set deadlines in this town, things don’t happen.
The default position is inertia.”
– President Barack Obama July 22, 2009

We enter another weekend with yet another health care deadline hanging low on Washington’s horizon. It will be neither the first nor the last time that gauntlets have been thrown down.

New York On My Mind

Gwen's Take

I don’t pretend to be an expert on the vagaries of New York politics, even though I was born there. I have enough trouble keeping up with the cabals and the vagaries of Capitol Hill and White House politics. (Rahm Emanuel, anyone?)

That said, I have been watching the apparently unraveling careers of two Empire State stalwarts - Governor David Paterson and Rep. Charles Rangel -- with special interest.