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April 15, 2011

Weekly Show

While President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan both unveiled plans to cut $4 trillion from the national debt they continue to argue over how to do it. The GOP and Democrats continued to fight over America’s deficit, from taxes to overhauling Medicare and Medicaid.  This week: Susan Davis, National Journal; Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal; John Harwood, CNBC/NY Times.
 

Ideology vs Idiocy: The Shutdown Showdown

Gwen's Take

As the shutdown showdown approached its third or fourth climax late this week, I found myself in Flint, Michigan, the former General Motors manufacturing powerhouse, where the unemployment rate still stands at nearly 12 percent and people can be forgiven for casting a skeptical eye on government.

But I was far enough away from Washington that I thought this would be a good time to test a pet hypothesis. The hysteria over the standoff threatening to cripple the national government was, I was convinced, a Washington obsession.

On the Radar: April 4, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

The View From Indiana

Gwen's Take

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.

On the Radar: February 28, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

Sending Signals

Gwen's Take

When it Matters and When It Doesn’t

House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor strolled out onto the White House lawn after lunch with the President this week to deliver an upbeat and focused message to the reporters gathered there.

“I thought it was pretty clear today that the President wants to try to find some common ground with us,” Boehner said.

“The economy so desperately needs us to work together,” Cantor added, “to send a signal that we should start growing again as America.”

January 7, 2011

Weekly Show

2011 starts with a bang (of the gavel)!  John Boehner and the GOP take control of the House but are already arguing with Democrats over the deficit & health care. There’s a reorganization at the White House too, with new players coming & going this week.  Joining Gwen this week: John Dickerson (Slate/CBS), Major Garrett (National Journal), Julianna Goldman (Bloomberg) and Jeff Zeleny (NY Times).

OF SYMBOLS AND MEANING: Or, how to read too much into anything

Gwen's Take

Just a few weeks before Christmas in 1996, I was seated in the front row in an auditorium at the Old Executive Office Building across from the White House. My job, then for NBC News, was to cover the announcement of a clutch of new administration officials for Bill Clinton’s second term.

On the Radar: January 6, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

December 31, 2010

Weekly Show

Will a new year bring more bipartisanship and less gridlock to Washington? This week, Michael Duffy (TIME Magazine), Todd Purdum (Vanity Fair), Karen Tumulty (Washington Post), and David Wessel (Wall Street Journal) join Gwen to discuss the major political stories of 2010 and the issues to watch in 2011 including a new Congress, legal challenges to health care reform, and the economic recovery.