2 conversations America must have

by Ellen Ratner -- Some friends I know owned land in Florida many years ago. It was swampy, but soon they were offered a chance to sell their land to what would more…

Let's see the Republican health plan

by Ellen Ratner -- Last Tuesday, the president gave a State of the Union speech. It was too long, but it was friendly and conciliatory. It bridged political gaps and was meant more…

What planet are they on?

by Ellen Ratner -- The conservative members of the House Republicans known as "The Republican Study Committee" have released their plans for the new budget. There is not much chance that they more…

Political predictions for 2011

by Ellen Ratner -- This year I decided to ask our staff and our consultants what their New Year's predictions are for the political world. I will add mine at the end more…

Country's diversity under attack

by Ellen Ratner -- I've had quite a week. Last Saturday I spent the day in the Senate galleries watching the DREAM Act fail. I saw a bunch of Republican senators talk more…

How is John McCain's brain functioning?

by Ellen Ratner -- I used to think John McCain was the maverick that he advertised himself to be. He bucked the system, believed in campaign finance reform and reached across the more…

U.S. must help Sudan

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week I stayed in a hotel with prices fit for Washington, D.C., or New York City. I was not in the United States. I was in Southern more…

An example of true leadership

by Ellen Ratner -- Like many Americans, I have known many people who have had run-ins with the criminal justice system. By run-ins, I don't mean a hearing for a speeding ticket. more…

Time for flat-earthers to wake up

by Ellen Ratner -- I travel a lot, and I use it as my time to catch up on reading and also to think and reflect. This week as I was purchasing more…