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January 14, 2011

Weekly Show

After the tragedy in Tucson, the panel looks back at the impact of the events in Arizona and Barack Obama’s moment as “Healer in Chief.” Also, the latest on the investigation of Jared Loughner and a profile of Gabrielle Giffords.  Gwen is joined by Dan Balz of the Washington Post, Janet Hook of the Wall Street Journal, Pete Williams of NBC News, and Charles Babington of the Associated Press.
 

Of Symbols and Meaning: Part Two

Gwen's Take

Last week in this space, I mused about how quick we can be to over interpret events and ascribe tenuous meaning to actions that so often defy explanation.

Less than forty-eight hours after I posted that column, 19 people were gunned down in a Tucson parking lot---six died---and suddenly we were sucked into a situation in which symbolism seems all too real.

Guns. Mental illness. Overheated political speech. Personal security. Everyone flocked to their favorite theory.

On the Radar: January 11, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

On the Radar: January 10, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

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.

November 26, 2010

Weekly Show

There’s a full plate for Washington after the Thanksgiving break with challenges at home & abroad. Peter Baker (New York Times) on domestic and foreign policy issues for President Obama; John Dickerson (Slate Magazine and CBS News) on Sarah Palin’s 2012 ambitions; & Joan Biskupic (USA Today) on cases of immigration and veterans’ rights before a Supreme Court with a new justice on the bench.

On the Radar: November 10, 2010

Legacy: On The Radar

Is Obama's Outreach to the Muslims Working?
by Aamer Madhari, National Journal
In his much-anticipated address in Jakarta today, President Obama didn’t offer the rhetorical breadth or ambition of the landmark speech he made to the Muslim world in Cairo last year. Read more

The End of Prognostication: 5 Questions for Election Night

Gwen's Take

At just about this point in every election cycle, we begin to overuse the same words, phrases and arguments. Everything is a tossup, or a dead heat, or a last-minute dash to Election Day. The other guy is always going to shut down Social Security. Taxes are evil. President Obama (or President Bush) and Speaker Pelosi (or Speaker Gingrich) are driving us all to ruin.

On the Radar: October 20, 2010

Legacy: On The Radar

On the Radar: October 4, 2010

Legacy: On The Radar