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Predictions, Prophecies and the Perils of Prognostication

Gwen's Take

One of the things that I promise reporters who appear on “Washington Week” is that they will never have to make predictions. Even on the PBS NewsHour, where many of our guests actually make their livings by peering into crystal balls, we shy away from the practice.

On the Radar: August 31, 2010

Legacy: On The Radar

Retiring "Mission Accomplished" & The Long Hot Summer

Gwen's Take

Perhaps Oprah brought the President a cake when she joined his tight circle of Chicago friends for a birthday dinner this week. That’s more of a celebration than he has been able to have for any of his other landmark dates this year.

Consider the options.

On the Radar: May 17, 2010

Legacy: On The Radar

On the Radar: April 28, 2010

Legacy: On The Radar

April 9, 2010

Weekly Show

This week Gwen and the panel discuss Justice John Paul Stevens' announcement that he will retire this summer, the recently-signed START treaty,  developments in Afghanistan, and the debate within the Republican Party over the Tea Party and RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

The discussion continues in the Washington Week Webcast Extra. Learn more about Justice Steven's connection to baseball history and Doyle McManus's trip to Afghanistan.

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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.

On the Radar: March 15, 2010

Legacy: On The Radar

PBS NewsHour: Iraqis Vote in Pivotal Election, Undaunted by Deadly Attacks

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March 8, 2010

Turnout in Iraq's parliamentary election topped 60 percent, despite a wave of attacks targeting the polls that killed at least 38 people. Gwen Ifill reports.