Bigger news than Charlie Sheen!

by Ellen Ratner -- On Friday, a confluence of two events happened. I had dinner with a friend who has done the math and wants to make sure that we increase the more…

Significance of Wisconsin union battle

by Ellen Ratner -- We are not seeing an end to the protests that are occurring in Wisconsin. The Democratic senators in that state have "gone missing," and people around the world more…

A better, more diverse CPAC

by Ellen Ratner -- I have attended CPAC for years, occupying a booth at "Radio Row." I have had an opportunity to interview candidates for president as well as various spokespersons for more…

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…