We're in for a wild ride!

by Ellen Ratner -- Two weeks ago, I wrote a column with some of my early New Year's predictions. This week, I asked our staff at Talk Radio News Service to give more…

Let's move Congress to the 21st century

by Ellen Ratner -- I go to a lot of Christmas parties. I love them! Because I cover politics, the discussion at these parties often turns to how Washington is broken. This more…

A glimpse of 2012 America

by Ellen Ratner -- Time Magazine named its person of the year this week. It was the protester. I don't have a problem with it naming a person of the year or more…

The Cain self-delusion

by Ellen Ratner -- Like many of us who watch politics, we have all watched and weighed in on the spectacular rise and fall of Herman Cain. Most of the press folks more…

Good touch, bad touch

by Ellen Ratner -- On Friday, President Obama said in a radio interview that Americans should do some soul searching with regard to the developments at Penn State. He described what happened more…

Welcome to cyber war

by Ellen Ratner -- During the mid-nineties, a talk-show host and friend of mine went to a seminar about how to make money from the brand-new Internet. She came away from the more…

Congress: Still up for grabs in 2012

by Ellen Ratner -- In a year and eight days, the 2012 presidential election will be over. Speculation on who is join got win has replaced the NBA games as the featured more…

2nd chance for a fulfilling life

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, I spent time with people who have been generous donors to a 200-year-old psychiatric hospital. They came together to learn about new treatments for mental health more…

Is this just another NAFTA-Shafta?

by Ellen Ratner -- This week saw the passage of three free-trade agreements. All smiles were seen at the press conference between President Obama and President Lee of South Korea. The free-trade more…