Time for worldwide ban on ivory

by Ellen Ratner -- Yesterday I visited the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya. Watching the elephants play and dunk in the mud was very different than seeing bored elephants in more…

There is hope for Rep. Weiner

by Ellen Ratner -- Let's step away from the question of if and when Anthony Weiner should resign. That will be up to the political process, the constituents in his district and more…

Let's play fair in GOP primary debates

by Ellen Ratner -- The CNN Republican primary debate in New Hampshire is about to take place on June 13. The press who have been through the ritual know it well: A more…

Paul Ryan's dreadful Medicare plan

by Ellen Ratner -- An election which was supposed to be a shoo-in for Republicans in a solid GOP upstate New York district is suddenly very close. Why? Because the citizens of more…

Goats for the old goat

by Ellen Ratner -- My lifelong friend, whom I met in first grade, turned 60 on Thursday. Karyl celebrated by getting a massage and taking the day off of work. Another friend more…

Forget the sex scandals

by Ellen Ratner -- Sex scandals in Washington are nothing new. People are elected to be politicians, but that does not stop them from being human. For those of us who have more…

Budget fights

by Ellen Ratner -- This has been quite a week in Washington politics. If your living comes from talk and news as mine does, you were overjoyed at the characters and goings more…

Educate, don't incarcerate

by Ellen Ratner -- When American's For Tax Reform's Grover Norquist and the NAACP's Ben Jealous get together, you had better pay attention because it does not happen often. Last week the more…