Helen Thomas would be amused

by Ellen Ratner -- It was hard getting the news on Saturday that Helen Thomas had died. She was a friend and mentor. When I began covering the White House in 1993, more…

Let's move beyond gay bashing

by Ellen Ratner -- I choose to come to Iceland for a vacation. I had been here before on a layover and wanted to explore the beautiful land and the hot warmth more…

Time to let Latinos in

by Ellen Ratner -- I love party themes. I have party themes for guests at dinners that are Western, butterfly, pizza, luau and, of course, 4th of July. This 4th of July, more…

We're being cooked by government

by Ellen Ratner -- I just got back from South Sudan. Most of the country has no access to electricity, let alone the Internet. For those lucky enough to have a cell more…

Why media don't fight Obama's spying

by Ellen Ratner -- The last few weeks in the world of Washington reporting have been stressful and unbelievable. First, we had the Associated Press revelations. There were phone records seized from more…

Healing and spiritual experience

by Ellen Ratner -- Amidst the rain and cold this Memorial Day weekend, I attended a service in Cambridge, Mass., to honor the life of my friend, Eugene Taylor Ph.D. His work more…

Left's lessons on community organizing

by Ellen Ratner -- Over the weekend, I attended a conference on alternative media at Goddard College in Vermont. The first one was held in 1970, and this one was attended by more…

Back from 'the nerd prom'

by Ellen Ratner -- As a White House correspondent, I get to attend "the nerd" prom – also known as the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. There is a ton of star more…